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7 Simple Ways How to Deal with Stress

I often receive emails from people asking me how to deal with stress. Stress is something that all of us deal with in our lives on a somewhat regular basis.

Naturally, some of us deal with it significantly more frequently than others, but we all deal with it at some point or another, and we all have our own unique ways to help us deal with it and relieve it.

There are many ways to deal with stress and here are 7 simple ways that help me feel more relaxed:

1. I like to go lay in bed with the blinds pulled down on my window in complete darkness. There's something about the peace and quiet of a dark room and a comfy bed that helps put my mind and body at ease, and also to clear my house (my mental house that is) in the most effective way I know how.

2. Physical exercise. I find that exercise, particularly weight lifting or intense sessions of cardiovascular exercise, really help me to take my mind off whatever is causing me stress, and also often puts a smile on my face. Intense exercise requires such heavy focus that it's hard to focus on anything at all but the task in front of you, which in turn causes me to generally forget about life's little problems or bothers.

3. Simply go for a walk in a peaceful place, such a forest or near a lake. I find that getting in tune with nature by taking a long walk outside, maybe even with headphones on while listening to soothing music, is an absolutely excellent way to relieve any amount of stress. When I am in nature, I tend to appreciate the beauty of the world, and I start to realize that maybe things aren't as bad as my mind is telling me they are, and the feeling of being stressed slowly starts to fade away.

4. Keeping a journal helps me discharge feelings. I find that venting into my journal helps to get frustrations, anger, or dissapointment out in the open and out of my body. Once it is on paper, I usually begin to see things differently. And it is fun and enligthening to re-read my journal a week, month, or a year later. I can see how things change and that there is a purpose to everything. If you are looking for one thing how to deal with stress and you like writing, then I say, pick up a pen and begin to write.

5. Asking for support. When we are stressed and overwhelmed, we often isolate. We think that no one can understand or help us. Yes, it's true that no one can solve our life challenges, it is also true that when we share with others and when we ask for support, it helps us to cope better. Studies show that people who have active social lives deal better with stressful situations and major illnesses. I surround myself with people who are good listeners, who do not judge me and who do not offer advice unless I ask them for it.

6. Managing your time. One of the easy to forget ways how to deal with stress is managing and planning. Do you keep a "to do" list? Do you prioritize your work? Do you rely on a scheduler? Learning to manage your time can mean a big difference in your life.

7. Healthy nourishment. When I don't eat healthy and when I don't get enough sleep, I get stressed much easier. It is my priority to eat healthy, exercise, and get plenty of sleep (usually 7.5-8 hours a day is just right for me).


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