Take some deep breaths
It may sound cliché and simple, but it’s anxiety’s most powerful enemy. Oxygen in the body is one of the main sources used to fight tension. Sit somewhere comfortably and breathe deeply. Slowly and steadily. Try to dedicate as much time to the process as you can. At first, you may find it difficult to concentrate or sit still, but you must persevere. The extra oxygen you breathe in will help calm you.
It’s not only the quantity that matters, but also the quality. Restful deep sleep is essential. By contrast, restless and interrupted sleep increases stress levels. Before going to bed, have a warm drink, listen to some music, read a book that will take your mind off problems, take a hot shower and go to bed early. Don’t forget to drink enough water during the day, because good hydration is also something that helps in times of intense stress and avoid caffeine from noon onwards.
Try to concentrate on one thing at a time, even though this can often be difficult as a phone may start ringing, an email will arrive, or someone will ask you something.
It’s important, however, that you reduce these constant distractions as much as possible. Only allow yourself to be disturbed for emergencies and when it’s really necessary.
Do something you really enjoy
A walk with friends, a nice restaurant, a manicure, anything you love and really makes you feel good. According to research, feeling good by doing something we like, reduces stress, improves the immune system and increases energy levels.
Take a walk in nature
Tuning in to nature offers a necessary respite from the daily commotion. It calms the body and mind, distracts us from difficulties, and enhances wellbeing.
Meet loved ones
Research has shown the dynamics and beneficial properties of hugging, and of laughter. A tight hug reduces heart rate levels while laughter lowers cortisol, the stress hormone.
Sit in the sun
People who are more exposed to sunlight, experience fewer negative emotions. The sun "burns" away depression and drives away stress. That is why we all feel more cheerful and carefree during the summer.
Tidy up your house
Clutter causes stress and affects your psychology. A clean and organized home will have a positive effect on your psychology. Do not overload a space with unnecessary items, tidy up bits and pieces that are scattered around, and always ensure that the space has a pleasant aroma. This will give you peace of mind and satisfaction.
The benefits of exercise are manifold, and one of them is its effectiveness against stress. The exercise you choose does not have to be exhausting. Even half an hour of walking is enough to feel the difference. A bit of light jogging, cycling, and dancing can all help. Experts recommend 150 minutes of aerobic exercise per week.
Exercise improves blood circulation, releases endorphins (hormones that contribute to a feeling of wellbeing) and gives you the feeling that you have done something positive for yourself – and this helps fight stress.
There are many ways to reduce stress, as long as you apply some simple moves consistently on a daily basis until they become an integral part of your everyday life.