6 of the Best Ways to Manage Stress – Tips for Staying Stress Free

by Kara Taylor

in Causes of Depression

The unchecked build up of stress is one of the major causes of depression. That is why I am very pleased to be able to publish here Kara Taylor’s post outlining 6 ways to manage stress. This piece contains some valuable stress relief tips that we’d all do well both to remember and put into practice, especially me – Martin

No one is stress free one hundred percent of the time. It’s just not possible in this day and age. But there are things that you can do to make sure that, for the majority of the time, you can remain untroubled by stress.

1. Deal with things as they come up

When problems and issues arise, you may be tempted to just stick your head in the sand and hope that they go away. But they usually don’t. In fact, while you are avoiding one problem, more problems are likely to emerge. Suddenly, the difficult things that you have to deal with are multiplying.

The key is to tackle problems as they arise. If you have an issue at work, or something bad happens at home, meet it head on. This will help not only get things back on track, but will also help you feel better about yourself and keep you stress free.

2. Talk it out

If something’s bothering you or stressing you out, talk about it with a spouse, family member, counselor or friend. Sometimes just the act of verbalizing an issue can help you realize that it isn’t as big a deal as you first thought. This is also a great way to brainstorm and do some problem solving. Someone who isn’t as involved with the situation as you are may well be better equipped to see a solution.

3. Take time for you

Always feeling like you’re on the clock can be very stressful. If you go from an eight or nine hour work day right into working at home cooking supper, cleaning, helping with home work etc, then you’re actually putting in a seriously long work day.

When you get home from work, take twenty or thirty minutes of ‘you time’. Close your bedroom door and lay down for a bit. Or lock yourself in the bathroom and take a long, luxurious bath or shower. This will help you relax and recharge and you will probably find that what needs to be done at home will be less of a chore and more enjoyable.

4. Stop to smell the roses

Or the honeysuckle, or the lavender or the jasmine. Surrounding yourself with your favorite scents can instantly help you to relax and de-stress. Keep a bottle of your favorite lotion in your desk at work and use it every couple of hours. Light a much loved candle when you get home. Only shower with products that you truly love. Scent is a powerful anti-stress tool that’s also easy to use. Admittedly, this may look like one for the ladies, but guys, you can use this tip to take care of yourselves too.

5. Get active

Another of the great ways to manage stress is by getting and staying active. When you exercise your body releases endorphins which help you achieve a natural high and sustain a happy feeling. There is also something very cathartic about exercising that can help you relieve any stress that may have built up. Take a dance class, run, walk, take up kick boxing. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you’re active.

Kayaking - exercise is one of the best ways to manage stress

Exercise is one of the best ways to manage stress

6. Sleep tightly

If you aren’t getting the rest that you need, you could find yourself getting stressed over things that normally wouldn’t bother you at all. Inadequate sleeps affects every aspect of your life: it weakens your immune system, can dull your senses and impair your decision making process. These are all things that can add significantly to the stress in your life. Different people need different amounts of sleep in order to function and be healthy. If you need eight hours a night, make sure that you’re getting it. You won’t be doing anyone any favors by skimping on your sleep.

These are just a few tips and practices for healthy living that really are great ways to manage stress.

What are some things that you do to relax? What are your tips for staying stress free? Add your thoughts in the comments below

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About the Author

Kara Taylor is a freelance writer with an interest in healthy living. She writes for a number of online publications on a range of health related topics.

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