Now, let’s not make any mistake: we are lucky to be living in the modern world. Compared to the olden days, we’ve got it good. Indeed, did you know that more people now die from overeating than they do undereating? That’s pretty remarkable. Plus, more people have clean water, and a roof over their head, than ever before. So life isn’t all terrible. But there is a downside to modern life: it’s stressful. As a result of increased workloads and needing to “keep up with appearances,” the rates of people who are feeling stressed has risen steadily in recent years. Fortunately, we are beginning to understand how we can reduce our stress levels. We take a look at a few tried and tested methods below.
Find Your Stressors
We can severely reduce the amount of stress that we feel simply by cutting them off at the source. But of course, to do that, we need to identify what exactly causes our stress. This isn’t so difficult, though! The next time you’re feeling stressed, think back to what might have brought on the feeling. Was it a heavy workload, or being surrounded by too many people, or even something as seemingly enjoyable as alcohol? Once you know what’s bringing on the stress, you can take steps to cut them out of your life (or at least down).
Set up the Home
If you’re trying to reduce your stress, then it’s best to focus on the areas of your life that you can control. You don’t have much say in what happens outside your home, but inside? That’s your domain. If you want it to be a stress-free zone, then you can. So take a look at creating a tranquil space in your property. Set it up for relaxation, for example by setting up a tech-free area, adding incense and candles, comfortable seating, and so on. Even if you’re feeling stressed outside, your home will be there to relax you.
We tend to think of stress as something that builds up externally (as in, we see things that stress us out and react), but it’s really all happening inside. It’s your body’s natural way to deal with certain processes. As such, handling the physical side of things can help, too. Things like yoga, meditation, and acupuncture have all been shown to reduce the symptoms of stress. Make them all a regular part of your life, and you’ll find that you’re better able to sink into that relaxing feeling because your body will be feeling good.
Think Big Picture
There are things in our life that are serious and which can cause stress, but sometimes, we let the things that shouldn’t bother us build up our stress levels, too. If you drop a cup of coffee, then yeah, it’s annoying, but it’s not the end of the world. Try to keep the big picture in mind, and let go of those small matters that just won’t affect you in a few year’s time.