Techniques Meant to Keep You Healthier

Here are some recommendations from the National Association of Mental Health that will help you reduce stress and cope with it. Some of these recommendations have effect immediately, while others require a longer time to get used to. It is essential to give these techniques time, determination, and perseverance, and be aware that your choices include acceptance or change of the situation, according to how you react to them.

  • Be realistic! If you feel overwhelmed by activities, learn to say no! It is possible to assume more responsibilities than you are capable of at the moment.
  • Give up your superman/superwoman costume! Nobody is perfect. Give yourself a moment of pause. Understand and achieve a balance of what you really want and do not hesitate to ask for assistance, if you need it.
  • Do Not Look Too Far – “take small steps”! This philosophy may work wonders for stressed people. Sometimes, even daily routine seems out of control. If this happens, focus on each task in hand, not all at once. Small steps are easier to follow.
  • Take breaks! Program some time for your hobbies.
  • Exercise! Yes, I know you have heard repeatedly that exercise is an effective tool to solve health issues. Do you know why? 20 to 30 minutes of exercise per day release excesstensionand stress.
  • Build a healthy lifestyle! Healthy nutrition makes the difference. The fuel you fill up your body with will influence the way you feel. It is true that an apple a day keeps the doctor away.
  • Enter intoown spirituality! Many peopleenjoy thetranquility they findand reachwhen they findtheir own
  • Try not to be too critical! Do not be rough with your partner, with close people, with your children, your boss or colleagues if they do not live up to your expectations. Each person is unique and has their own strong features or weaknesses, as well as their own “burden” from previous experiences.
  • Communicate! Share your feelings! It is possible that you are not the only one having a bad day. Do not lose contact with your family and friends!
  • Have a massage! What a great way to relieve the stress of a hectic day and enjoy the benefits of the “power of a touch”.
  • Consider counseling! Many people feel uneasy when they are suggested to do it, but please do not feel like that. There are people professionally trained to help you Remember that to ask for help and to receive it is not a sign of weakness, but a proof of power – because you help yourself.
  • Avoid useless stress! Not any kind of stress can be avoided and it is not healthy to avoid a situation that needs to be cleared up. You will besurprised by the numberof stress factors inyour life thatyou could
  • Avoid People who Stress you! – If someone continually exerts pressure in your life and you are not able to change this relationship, limit the time spent with that person or stop the relationship.
  • Control the Environment! – If the news you watch make you feel uncomfortable, turn the TV off. If you are stressed by the traffic choose a longer route that is less stressful. If going to the market stresses you, order online.
  • Shorten the “to do” list – analyze your schedule, responsibilities, and daily tasks. If there are too many, decide what “should be done” and what “needs to be done”. Give up the useless tasks on the list or remove them completely.
  • Express your feelings rather than repress them! If something or someone bothers you, tell them your concerns openly and If you do not express your feelings, resentment will arise and the situation will remain the same.
  • Be willing to compromise! When you ask somebody to change their behavior, be willing to do the same. If both of you are willing togive upa little bit, there will be a way to find a common communication language.
  • Reevaluate your problems. Try to take notice of stressful situationsfrom apositive perspective. Rather than complain about the traffic congestion, consideritan opportunity totake a breakandregroupyourself; listen to your favorite radio station or enjoy a little time with yourself.
  • Regard everything as a whole. Keep in mind the insight of the stressful situation. Ask yourself how important it is on the long term. Will it matter next month? Or next year? Is it worth getting angry? If the answer is negative, focus your energy and time on something else.
  • Adjust your standards. Perfectionism is the primary source of stress that can be avoided. Stop being always prepared for failure because you want to achieve perfection. Set reasonable standards for yourself and others and learn to accept “good enough”.
  • Concentrate on positive things. When stress gets you down, dedicate a moment and reflect on the things you appreciate in life, including your qualities and talent. This simple strategy can help you keep things in perspective.
  • Do not try to control the uncontrollable. A lot of things in life cannot be controlled – especially the behavior of other people. Instead of pointing out their behavior, focus on the things you are able to control, such as how you react to problems.
  • Look at the bright side of things. As the proverb goes: “What does not kill you, makes you stronger”. When confronted to major challenges try to regard them as opportunities for personal evolution. If your inappropriate choices contributed to a stressful situation, reflect on them and learn from the mistakes.
  • Learn to forgive. Accept the fact that we live in an imperfect world where people make mistakes. Do not feed on resentment and anger, free yourself of negative energy through forgiveness and move on.
  • Keep your sense of humor. This includes self-irony. Laughter helps the body release stress through a variety of ways.
  • Reduce caffeine and sugar. Caffeine gets you „high“and sugar often causes a really bad mood and lowers your energy. By reducing caffeine, fizzy drinks, chocolate, and sugar, you will feel more relaxed and you will have a deep sleep.
  • Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs. Medicine combined with alcohol may help you release stress, but relief is only temporary. Do not avoid or mask the problem; face the problem with your head up and a clear mind.
  • Get enough sleep. Sleep feeds the mind, like the body does. Feeling tired can increase stress because it can influence irrational thinking.

Most important: do not let anxiety destroy your life!