Busy days, tight schedules, little time, eating habits, work, appointments or deadlines. Everything causes stress. In my opinion, stress is a subject that we need to be aware of. The response to stress is healthy for your body, but long-term stress can have negative consequences. That’s why I help you with a few tips for How to Reduce Stress!
What is stress?
Stress is the reaction of your body to a threatening situation. The hormone adrenaline is produced and can, among others, cause higher blood pressure, increasing heart rate, tense muscles, faster breathing and in short; Your body is getting ready for action. Stress is very natural and also healthy. Everyone gets to deal with stress, but that is not always bad either, because stress makes sure you can perform well, concentrate and it also ensures that you are alert.
When your body experiences prolonged stress this can lead to problems. The stress hormone cortisol is produced. Cortisol provides a higher fat storage, especially around the abdomen. Physical issues arise such as increased blood pressure, headaches and insomnia. Psychological complaints can also arise as irritability (very recognizable), depression and indecision. This can ensure that you deviate from your goals such as healthy eating, work / study goals, maintaining friendships etc. Stress also leads to a burnout!
How can I reduce stress?
1. From your emotions
Stress creates a lot of emotions and you can go up with that. It is therefore important to express your feelings and emotions. Talk to people about it so that you can lose your egg. Do you find this difficult? Write it down, give yourself feedback on your stress points. By occasionally emptying your head you often feel a lot more relieved and it also makes your relationship with your loved ones even stronger.
Okay, even if I’m stressed, my workout does not necessarily go well. But, the air always does! By exercising you can empty your head for a while and focus completely on other things. Now you do not necessarily have to go to the gym of course. You can also just go for a walk or just go to work in the garden. So you have at least some distraction & a little extra exercise is always healthy right?
3. Sleep enough
In itself, the lack of sleep does not involve much stress. But lack of sleep increases the level of cortisol in your body, so the fat storage around the belly is increased. In addition, the lack of sleep can also have a negative impact on your sports performance.
4. Lower the bar
This tip is in my opinion really a golden tip. Making high demands on yourself can cause a lot of stress. But are your goals realistic? If not, they cause a feeling of failure and inferiority. The hard work for your goals can also cause stress. Never forget that nobody is perfect, accept imperfections and work step by step on your goals. You also get more self confidence !
5. Set goals, no requirements
We humans are very good at bringing down ourselves as a person. This is not good, that is not right. Even when a certain goal has not yet been achieved, we are inclined to deprive ourselves of things. Unfortunately, this only works counterproductive. As described above, lower the bar. Do not live for your goals , but try to weave your goals into your lifestyle so that it all comes naturally.
6. Make you less busy
This is one that I can also learn from. You know it – something happens in everyday life and you can sit there for 2 to 3 days. Here too, your stress level rises. Try to let things go a little faster by writing them off from you or by talking to someone about it. Do not let events rub through your head, but try to throw them over your shoulder.
7. Take care of yourself
Give yourself something fun once. For example a dinner together with your friend (in), a pair of new shoes or a day of sauna. You really deserve that! If you take good care of yourself, it is easier to learn from yourself. Learning to love yourself also means less stress. Win win!
Of course it’s easier said than done, but these tips can hopefully help you significantly reduce your stress level.