We live in a world that is moving very quickly. We live rushed lives filled with deadlines, obligations and stress. Our lives became so stressful that it is affecting our bodies, our health. Stress affects your organism, prevents it from releasing toxins, makes your hair fall out, makes you put on weight and much more. I had many issues when it comes to dealing with stress on an everyday basis, and I’ve found some ways to cope with it. These are couple of things that became my daily routine and my life turned around. Even though we can’t get away from stress, we can tune it down and make it easy to live with.
Change your diet
My daily routine was: get up, drink coffee, get to work. By the time I got to work, caffeine started to do it’s trick and I was already edgy. Nothing seemed right and each and every day started like this. It was terrible! So I switched to decaff, and it helped. I decided to take it further. I cut caffeine out of my diet completely! No more coffee, no more sodas. I found cold water to be even more refreshing and help me wake up even better than coffee it self. Green and black tea also helped since they don’t have as much caffeine in it but still do the trick.
I also decided to split my meals. Because of work, I din’t have much time to eat. So I ate around 2 or 3 times a day. This caused my blood sugar to go up and down during the day and added on the whole stress thing. So split it up into small meals. I had a granola bar when I woke up, to keep till my lunch break and then pace the meals i had throughout the day. Instead of 2 or 3 I had 5 or 6 meals. This kept my blood sugar steady and my mind at ease.
I didn’t do any exercise. I know most of us don’t and we all have great excuses like: I don’t have time, I’m not getting any fatter, I have a sports injury, etc. But these are all just excuses. Get off your ass and work out! You always have 15 minutes a day. You don’t even have to leave your house. Go jog, or do some workout at home. When you work out, your body releases serotonin, the happiness hormone.
I also started taking massages. At first, I went to a masseuse a couple of times, but in the end I just didn’t have the time or the money to make it something on regular basis. But there are many other options. You can have your SO do it for you or try and get one of those massage chairs or other appliances. Trust me, it means the world after spending the whole day in an office chair.
Organize your sleeping habits. Waking up every day early in the morning can be a pain. Especially if you want to get most of your day and you go to bed late. But sleep is very important. During sleep, your body regenerates and prepares for the next day. In order to get into the deep sleep phase, the REM phase, most people need up to 3 hours. And this is just to get to that phase. Depending from person to person, you need between 6 to 8 hours of sleep. I found it to be one of the crucial points when it comes to daily stress level. So get to bed early and rise to fight another day.
In the end, stress comes from your mind, much more from your body. These trick can help you cope with it, but the best way is to resolve your issues and be a strong person. Believe in yourself and be strong and you will always defeat stress.