In this day and age work, family and attempting to multitask every little thing can cause a person to suffer from high stress levels.
Too much stress can be detrimental to a person’s health and since all individuals will encounter some form of high stress during their lifetime it is important to for them to know how to use appropriate methods to lower stress levels to achieve overall well-being. There are 6 stress management techniques that can help diminish stress.
Aromatherapy: Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine used to treat certain ailments with the use of aromatic fragrances and scents. It is a popular form of stress management due its ability to calm anxieties and relieve tension almost instantly. Some fragrances and scents that are used specifically for the management of stress are lavender, lemon, peppermint and sweet orange. A person can use these types of fragrances on skin (as long as they are essential oils for skin) or they can be used in a vaporizer.
Count Your Blessings: Stress can cause a person to lose sight of the things that are important, so it is vital for a person’s mental and physical health to count their blessings and notate them in a journal; that way if that person feels like they have the weight of the world on their shoulders due to stress they can refer back to their notes which contain the things they are grateful for, relax and calm down.
Drinking Plenty of Water: The human body is made up of over 70% water. If a person does not drink enough water they can become dehydrated, causing the body to experience dizziness, headaches, less energy and stress. To stay hydrated a person should drink at least their weight in ounces of water per day.
Exercise: Exercise has the ability to reduce stress by releasing endorphins, which are also known as ‘feel good’ hormones, to cause the body to become less tense, less anxious and relaxed. Some exercises that can decrease stress levels include biking, walking, jogging, hiking and swimming. To gain the full stress relieving benefits of exercise a person should perform physical activity at least three times per week in sessions of 30-45 minutes per week.
Identify the Source of the Stress: Identifying the source of stress can cause a person to lower their stress levels fast. After identifying the source of stress a person can choose to both confront the stressful situation and rid themselves of it, accept the stressor, adapt to the stress or alter the stressor to better manage the stress and gain control of their life.
Meditate: It may seem cliché but meditation can reduce stress. Meditation can lower blood pressure, reduce heart rate and help a person use their oxygen more efficiently, which will bring down stress levels. To meditate, a person should be in a quiet place, find a position that is comfortable for them and practice being still for two to five minutes to relax and clear their mind.