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4 Natural Ways To Manage Stress

Focusing on one task for a significant period of time can be challenging at the best of times, let alone if you’re stressed. Here are 4 natural ways to manage stress written by Erlanger Turner (PhD) for Psychology Today. In the Western World we’re living in a fast paced and competitive world, in an economic climate that can be regarded as unfavourable to say the least. It’s no wonder that cases of stress are on the rise. Stress is harmful to our mental health and our physical health as a whole. It leads to illness and disease as well as unhappiness, which is why it’s so important to learn how to manage it, before it manages you. These tips are great, and will take only a few minutes of your time to digest.

4 Natural Ways To Manage Stress

  1. Manage Stress Before It Manages YouUnderstand how you stress.  Stress is experienced and managed differently by each individual. Some things that may be stressful for some may serve as a trigger for others to become productive. It is important for you to know what types of situations make you feel different than you do most of the time. For example, stress may be related to your children, family, health, financial decisions, work, relationships or something else.
  2. Find healthy ways to manage stress. The ways in which you cope with stress are unique to your personality. Consider healthy, stress-reducing activities that work best for you such as exercising or talking things out with friends or family, listening to music, writing, or spending time with a friend or relative. Keep in mind that unhealthy behaviors develop over time and can be difficult to change. Don’t take on too much at once. Focus on changing only one behavior at a time

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Unsurprisingly, exercise was featured several times among these 4 natural ways to manage stress. Exercise is the number one activity for emotional renewal according to Tony Schwartz who wrote The Power Of Full Engagement. On a personal level, I cannot think of a better way to alleviate and manage stress. I didn’t start really properly exercising until I was doing my finals at uni in 2003. I’d occasionally play tennis or go for a cycle, but nothing too regular. I got incredibly stressed when revising for these exams and this is when I started running. It was like a miracle cure. I’d reach stalemate when sat at my desk, tear my hair out (those were the days), and after a run I’d feel remarkably refreshed. Exercise is the no. 1 stress reliever for me. It also induces creativity, problem solving, improves your intelligence, makes you happier, slows aging of the brain, slows aging of your organs, fends off disease – to name just a few of the plethora of benefits!

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Focus On Goal To Avoid Stress

Goal setting is an excellent way to focus and avoid stress according to Nandita Rajan who recently wrote an article for students in The Times Of India. Shut yourself out from the rest of the world, focus on your end goal, eat decent food, get enough sleep, drink enough fluids and take regular breaks. Write your goals down too, then break them down, work backwards and work in manageable periods of time.

Once you start focusing on the book you will realize that all other external factors are falling by the wayside, and that includes stress. Take a break at the point when you realize that whatever you are reading is not being comprehended by your brain.

It’s far too easy to find yourself immersed in work, forgetting just why you’re doing it, whether you’re studying, or setting up a business, or working 10 hours a day in an office. Everything you do should be goal-orientated or everything you do will become meaningless. If you forget why you’re putting in all these hours, take a step back and remind yourself of your end goal. Focus on that goal, and avoid stress.

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