Wednesday, March 8, 2017

4 Ways to Keep Your Stress Under Control

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Stress. All of us experience it from time to time, but if don’t do anything to control it, after a while it will definitely affect the relationships with your family and friends and even your productivity at work.

And stress is a bigger problem than you probably realize.

According to the American Psychology Association, overall stress levels in the United States have significantly increased in the past few years. What’s more, a sizable portion of the population doesn’t feel like they’re doing enough to manage their stress levels.
Of course, money and work are still the biggest sources of stress for adults in America – 67% and 65% of people cite those as the most common stressors. But what many people fail to realize is that they don’t have to live under stress.

As a matter of fact, there are certain ways to conquer stress and live a more relaxed life. You just need to change a couple of things and install new habits in order to reduce your stress level by at least 90%.

Four Ways to Manage your Stress

1. Eliminate All Distractions

We are exposed to hundreds (maybe even thousands) of different ads and commercials every day. With so many competitors, according to a new study published in the Journal of Marketing, advertisers are now forced to make louder, high-energy ads to attract your attention.

And while this may seem like minor thing, all of these small distractions you are exposed to daily can leave you mentally fatigued and overwhelmed. A good idea would be to get a solid ExpressVPN provider, and eliminate all of those ads (and the stress that comes with them) especially if you’re a remote worker.


2.      Minimize Your Chores

If you’re single and living alone, chores probably take up most of your free time. And once chores start dominating your “down time” you basically lose the opportunity to unwind, relax your mind and reflect on your day/week/month.

And if you start spending weekends doing chores regularly (which naturally start feeling like work), you are basically putting in a seven-day workweek. In order to prevent this from happening, you need to start scheduling your chores just like you would anything else during the week.


3.      Start Exercising Regularly

According to a recent APA survey, only around 14% of people use exercise to cope with stress. This is quite surprising, seeing how exercise is one of the most recommended stress-coping mechanisms recommended by health care professionals around the world. 

In addition to relaxing your muscles, regular exercise sessions will help you increase your endorphin levels and allow you to sleep better than ever. As you can clearly see, exercising should be an essential ingredient in any stress reduction effort, so try to make it a part of your daily routine.


4.      Decrease Caffeine Intake

If you’re drinking more than five cups of coffee per day, you have a serious problem on your hands. You see, that amount of caffeine makes your body act as if it’s under constant stress. In addition, according to Duke University research, it can also lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

Try going for a couple of weeks without caffeine, and you’ll probably feel most relaxed; have more energy and fewer muscle aches. If you need an alternative drink, try drinking green tea, which contains L-theanine, a substance that has a calming effect on your nervous system.


Final Thoughts

Our ability to manage emotions and remain calm and collected under pressure is directly linked to our performance. According to TalentSmart research, over 90% of top workers are highly skilled at managing emotions in times of stress.

And that’s why stress management is so important.

You never know when stress will sneak up on you, and if you want to remain productive, you have to learn how to deal with it both in and out of office. Because if you don’t, you’ll surely fall into bad habits that will only increase your stress levels, rather than decrease it. 

By Adam Ferraresi

Since the age of 10, when got his first laptop, Adam knew he would someday become a web developer. Today, he is quite successful at his job, and if you want to learn something about his particular business branch, you can find his informative articles at wefollowtech.com.