6 practical ways to handle stress

Stress is a huge problem for us all. Here are a few tips to apply to manage stress in a healthy and fun way. 

Stress is inevitable. It walks in and out of our lives on a regular basis. And it can easily walk all over us unless we take action. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to minimize and cope with stress. Here are 10 ideas for handling stress without causing more strain and hassle.

1. Spend 80% of your time focusing on a solution: and only 20% of your time on dwelling on your non-molehill issue or problem. Instead of taking a common path and doing it the other way around. You’ll live a much more action-filled life and feel less pessimistic and powerless if you do.

2. Make sure you take time to do what you love to do: learn to get the necessary done quicker and don’t get lost in “have-tos”. Prioritize what really matters to you and carve out time during your weekend or evenings to do what you love doing. Maybe it is playing soccer with your kids, painting, and writing, taking photos or reading. Whatever you love to do, make sure you set off some time for it regularly in your schedule. Because few things will relieve stress and energize you like an activity you love doing.

3. Aerobic activity: exercise improves mental health by helping the brain cope better with stress. Aerobic activity generates the “relaxation response,” which helps you feel less anxious and tense. Some people call this response post exercise euphoria. The important thing though is not what it’s called, but it does: Exercise improves your mood and leaves you relaxed.

4. Stay on track by asking yourself questions every day: one good way to find clarity, to not get behind on work and to actually do what matters each day is to ask yourself questions regularly. Questions like: What is the most important thing I can do right now? And: Is doing this bringing me closer to my goal? If you like, write one of the questions down on a post-it note and put it where you will see it every day. It is very easy to forget to ask yourself the question otherwise.

5. Yoga: the ultimate goal of yoga is to reach complete peacefulness in your body and mind. Traditional yoga philosophy requires that students adhere to this mission through behavior, diet, and meditation. Many people in the United States choose a form of yoga known as Hatha Yoga—which can relieve stress, calm the mind, and promote relaxation and flexibility.

6. Reduce stress with touching, kissing, hugging: touching, kissing, and hugging (or any other affectionate activities) are activities that stimulate the brain’s release of the hormone oxytocin. If you want to take it up a notch, get a room! Recent studies reveal that the surge of oxytocin released during orgasm can lower blood pressure, calm nerves and tame tension.

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