How to deal with stress (there are plenty of ways!)

Stress is a negative reaction that the body has to various factors and events. It is often caused by poor health and then leads to various health problems.

Having said that, stress is not all bad, it is a normal bodily reaction to problems and complex tasks, for example, performing at work. This kind of stress is considered short-term. It passes quickly after solving difficulties without harming the body. However, frequent emotional stresses may cause chronic stress, which, in turn, develops into phobias and internal conflicts.

To minimize the chances of being overwhelmed by stress and anxiety, it is worth considering different methods of dealing with this condition and how they are used in everyday life. Both a variety of psychological techniques and useful products are used to improve one’s well-being.

Incorporate sports into your life

If you are often stressed and not exercising, this is the very sign to start exercising. Many people give up exercise at a young age because they think that only a heavyweight gym and a personal trainer are effective. But this is certainly not the case and there are plenty of ways to incorporate exercise into your everyday life in an enjoyable manner:

  • Swimming and exercise in water like Aqua Aerobics;
  • Dancing (don’t limit yourself to one style!);
  • Running or walking (exercise truly can be a walk in the park);
  • Active team games (can also be a great way to socialise which can greatly alleviate stress).

This is just a small list of what you can do to produce the happiness hormone and add a spring to your step. Contrary to the opinion that sport is exhausting and doesn’t leave any energy for other activities, for many this is a perfect way to overcome stress and gain strength for the whole day.

If you don’t want to visit a gym for classes, simply get out into nature with your friends and family, it really doesn’t have to feel like a chore. In addition to improving your physical condition and health, you’ll gain countless endorphins from the social muscles you don’t even have to think about flexing.

Consume less alcohol, coffee and cigarettes

Not many people are able to completely give up a cup of coffee in the morning or a glass of wine after a long day at work, but everything should be taken in moderation. If you are often stressed and in these times consume a lot of alcohol or coffee, the path to headaches and constant fatigue will be significantly shorter. Get rid of the habit of drinking coffee several times a day and drinking a bit too much with friends at every given opportunity — the result will change your mental and physical state in countless ways.

But the same cannot be said about cigarettes. These should be permanently and completely excluded from your life in order to restore your health and natural chemical balance. Everyone knows that nicotine has a detrimental effect on many bodily functions, including the nervous system. Of course, many people struggle to stop smoking, but once they do there are no regrets and no looking back. And now there are a huge number of means of support and ways to quit smoking.

Healthy nutritional supplements — a way to eliminate stress

Many people have probably heard that medical marijuana can be used to soothe and suppress pain. However, this type of anti-stress method also has psychoactive effects, which is not always helpful for dealing with depression or anxiety.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a substance that is extracted from the cannabis plant. Many find it to be a natural alternative to managing low moods and emotional stress without mind-altering effects. CBD products are legal to buy from many high street stores across Europe, the UK and the US.

Today you can find various forms of CBD: in capsules, as oils, gummies, sprays and more. Finding the right form for you can be crucial to obtaining the best natural experience possible. And it doesn’t just have to be seen as a remedy, incorporating it into your daily routine CBD can be seen as a preventative measure.

Observe your sleep patterns

To many, this recommendation will seem trivial, but in fact, not everyone practices what they preach. If adherence to a good sleeping schedule makes it so easy to avoid stress, then why do so few people do it? It's simple: people often think they are invincible and if they manage to get through the day with minimal sleep, they will repeat this unhealthy behaviour. Get into the habit of waking up and going to bed at approximately the same time, leaving you feeling well-rested and balanced for the day ahead.

Insomnia can be a side effect of constant stress. It is difficult to cope with it on your own, so professionals may recommend certain medications, many of which have a lot of disadvantages. For many, a natural alternative to encourage high-quality sleep is a much more attractive and viable option.

Useful tips

In addition to the above suggestions, it is worth paying attention to small but effective tips on how to avoid stress. To do this, you should include some good habits in your daily schedule:

  • Don’t "absorb" other people's problems. After all, you want to cope with your own, you don’t need to become the personal psychologist of every friend and colleague and take on their pains;
  • Make time for yourself every day, whether it's reading a book in the evening or making your favourite dinner;
  • Don't overwork, set boundaries between personal life and work. Overworking is the most common cause of stress.

Finally, we can say that no matter what method you choose, it is important to remember your mental health is important. By burrying yourself in problems and not taking time to yourself, you increase the probability of suffering from overwhelming negative stress.

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