“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.”
According to Google, stress is “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.” The American Institute of Stress had this to say about stress: “Numerous studies show that job stress is far and away from the major source of stress for American adults and that it has escalated progressively over the past few decades.” According to this institute, 61% of stress was work-related in 2017. I’m sure that percentage has increased since then. I’ve been doing some research so in this article, we’ll discuss some ways that we can reduce stress whether at work or at home.
Based on what I’ve seen, there are three main steps to reducing stress. The first step is decreasing food and drink consumption, especially sugar, caffeine, and alcohol. All three of these things add to stress. Having a balanced diet and staying hydrated can help.
The next step to reducing stress is getting physical activity. Exercising, taking walks, yoga, and aerobics are all great ways to release dopamine into your system. It is said that regular exercise brings about more restful sleep and more restful sleep also helps reduce stress. Try doing some physical activity for at least twenty minutes each day.
The last step to reducing stress is trying relaxation techniques. I do Brain Gyms – brain exercises that rewire you neurologically – and I find that extremely helpful. Practicing grounding techniques are also a great way to reduce stress. An easy relaxation technique is to sit up straight with your feet planted firmly on the ground and your hands on your legs. Simply sit there and become aware of your breathing and your body. I guarantee you it will help.
Which step resonated with you? I hope you find peace whatever you do.