Many people in today’s world are very stressed out. So stressed out that it’s ruining their lives.
It’s critically important to be able to manage stress in our lives, because stress literally affects everything we do!
Many people think the way you manage stress is to just be more aware and react better to situations, but this is hard. It’s much easier to fill our lives with healthy things to do that are proven to lower stress. Doing it this way will make it much easier for you to handle yourself in stressful situations, and you will naturally handle the situations a lot more calmly.
I personally do all of these things myself. In fact, all of the advice I share with you on my site I believe is true, and have lots of experience with it myself. A lot of articles I’ve read about how to stop stressing don’t always give all of the best tips. You will find out that all of the tips I give down below all work, and will actually help you if you stick with it.
Tips To Become Less Stressed
Here are some incredibly helpful things you can do to stop stressing, and to live a healthier, more enjoyable life.
When you’re enjoying life you don’t stress as much. To do this, do less super stimulating activities that are addictive. Stop blasting your dopamine receptors all day with instant gratification.
Technology makes us expect perfection. When we enter reality and don’t get this perfection that technology gives us, we get stressed out because we’re used to getting what we want.
For example, when you’re on your phone and computer all day getting lots of instant gratification, and then you hop off of it and head out to play basketball with your friends, most likely
you are going to be a lot more upset when you see people missing shots because it’s not “perfect.”
Technology can make your mood overall bad in general once you get off of the devices, because you aren’t getting those hits of dopamine. The technology trains us to expect perfection when real life is far from it, and we actually have to fix things that don’t go our way. We can’t even always fix everything that doesn’t go our way, but most of the time with technology we can get what we want.
When you can appreciate something as simple as birds flying in the sky, imagine how much less you would stress? Petty issues that would normally stress you will not stress you anymore.
Even if you were to be listening to music for several hours a day and you get off of it, you may find yourself to be extra irritable because you aren’t getting the constant stimulation that music is giving you. Maybe music isn’t as extreme as video games, but it’s still a valid example.
People who get off of video games after playing 10 hours in a day seem to find normal life a lot more boring too. Remember if everything is boring, it’s going to be so much easier to be stressed out about everything. So to wrap this section up, adapt to normal pleasures so that problems that occur will stress you much less.
If you are interested in learning more about cutting out super stimulating activities to better your life, you can check out this article I wrote that explains how removing all of this stimulation can make you a lot more productive.
Meditation helps relax the body and lower cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone that increases stress. When we have too much cortisol in our body, that’s when it becomes a problem.
Not only does it lower cortisol, but it also helps you focus on the present moment. Constantly worrying about the future can really stress you out.
When you meditate living in the present moment for a while, you will also adapt to doing nothing. When you are content with nothing, imagine what else you will be content with? You may find yourself appreciating nature a lot more. This is relative to the technology part I talked about earlier. When you can appreciate the simple things, you will find yourself stressing out at a lot less than you normally would.
There are other benefits to meditation such as increasing the size of the brain, and decreasing anxiety and depression.
Neurogenesis is our brain’s ability for it to grow new brain cells. We once thought that you stopped growing brain cells after our 20’s, but when we discovered neurogenesis, we found out that we can continue to grow new brain cells throughout our entire life.
It helps protect us from stress, anxiety, and depression; It promotes rapid learning.
But how do we increase neurogenesis?
You can increase neurogenesis by learning new things, doing cardio, and meditation. You can also increase it by having a diet that includes blueberries, green tea, nuts, flax seed, and fish.
For the best results, you want to avoid foods that have caffeine, oxidized fats, and high amounts of sugar. These will all decrease your rate of neurogenesis.
If you want to learn more, you read more about neurogenesis here.
Now, supplements aren’t needed, but they can definitely help get things going. Taking the right supplements on top of everything else in the article will have you feeling very relaxed.
Here are a couple supplements that I use to lessen stress.
Green Tea Extracts
Earlier on I mentioned green tea when I was talking about neurogenesis. Green tea is good, but green tea extracts are much more powerful, and have the same benefits that a real cup of green tea has.
Taking green tea extracts will give you several cups worth of polyphenols than a single cup of green tea would give you.
To stay healthy, it’s important that we get magnesium in our diets.
Magnesium is a calming mineral that helps regulate the nervous system, that makes it easier to deal with stress, anxiety, and nervousness easier.
It also helps regulate muscle and nerve function, and blood pressure and blood levels; it also helps make protein.
You don’t have to take this in supplement form if you don’t want to. Magnesium can be found in some foods such as raw spinach, pumpkin seeds, fish, soy beans, brown rice, bananas, avocados, and dark chocolate.
Fix Your Posture
Having good posture is proven to increase testosterone and lower cortisol. (link to posture article) If you can manage to keep amazing posture, you will find it a lot
harder to stress. Work on your posture.
Forcing yourself to stand up straight all day is not only hard, but it may not be the best way to change your posture anyhow. If you want to dramatically change your posture, it will be much easier if you train the muscles in your body that will support posture. The best thing to do is to train everything equally. The main muscles you need to focus on though are the core muscles, such as abdominals, back, and leg muscles.
If you want to know more reasons on why you should change your posture, you can check out this article here.
Epsom Salt Baths
Not only is this great for muscle recovery, but it’s also great for relaxation. After this bath, you will feel stress free as ever.
All you have to do is fill up your tub with some warm/hot water; whatever you can handle. Then just poor 1-2 cups of Epsom salt into your bath and relax for at least 30 minutes.
What I like to do instead of just putting the cups straight into the bath, is to grab a handful of the salt and dip it in the water, while still keeping it in my hand. Now the salt should be a bit mushy like wet sand. If my lower back hurts, it feels nice to spread it around on it before I take a bath, and before the salt mixes in with the water. I feel like this helps a lot to have all of that salt on your body, instead of only having it mixed in with the water.
Now this is probably one of the more obvious ones, but nonetheless, it’s important.
The simplest thing you can do to have a diet that will help lower stress, is to just eat balanced and healthy. However, if you want to get a little bit more out of it, you can integrate certain foods.
Like we talked about before, you want magnesium in your diet; eat foods high in magnesium. If you find it hard to find a lot of foods high in magnesium or you don’t enjoy it, just take it in supplement form.
It’s important to also eat foods high in zinc. Zinc is a mineral most humans do not get enough of. It also helps relax us, and helps build muscle. Many people also use zinc to help fall asleep.
You also want to avoid eating processed foods at all costs. Processed foods have chemicals in them that are going to offset other chemicals in your body. It’s also important to not eat oxidized fats, this also important for your brain health.
This is another more obvious one that most people know, but it is needed so it’s on the list. Exercise is one of the best ways to relieve stress. Not only does it relieve stress, but it also has various other health benefits. As I mentioned before, cardio is one of the best stress relievers, that also releases other endorphins.
It’s also good to lift weights, so just do both forms of exercise. An overall healthier body will help fight against stress even if it’s indirectly.
Use Your Brain
If you are focused on a project, it’s going to be a lot harder to stress about all of the other things going on in your head. Now this may not be the easiest thing
to do alone, but combine it with everything else in the article, and it will surely help! Our brains need work. Mindlessly scrolling Facebook all day is not going to be working your brain.
Instead, it’s just going to give you tons of hits of dopamine, which is just going to make you stress more in the long run.
If it’s too hard to think, then take a break from everything super stimulating. I talked about this earlier in the article. Once you adapt to normal life pleasures, it will be easier to use your brain, and you will want to work towards more of the less “exciting” activities. Those less exciting activities will become fun after a while.
Have A Notebook
It may seem like it doesn’t help that much, but it really does! For people who have a lot to do and a lot on their mind, you will find it very helpful to write down those things in a notebook.
It doesn’t just have to be things to do, it could be some really good advice that you don’t want to forget. This is what I do: Whenever I found out a great piece
of advice that I think really helps me, I write it down.
The world is so complicated, and there are many different answers for many different subjects. That said, it will really help to write these things
down, so that you can come back to it without worrying about forgetting it.
So this is my list of the best tips for how you can reduce stress. I hope it helps many of you in your life, because I myself have dealt with chronic stress for a long time. I know what it feels like to constantly have high levels of cortisol, it’s not fun. Having chronic stress really makes life difficult, so just follow these tips and you will definitely feel better.
Remember, this is just my list of what I use to reduce stress, I’m sure there are still many ways out there. However, I find these tips to work the best from all I’ve come across.
Anyways, thanks for reading!