3 Easy Ways to Reduce Stress

There is no upside to feeling stressed out. It doesn’t feel good and it can have extremely negative effects on one’s overall health in the long term. So consider these 3 easy ways to reduce stress, when you feel the need for fighting off anxiety and stress:

  1. First, always remember that stress is a passing sensation. You’ve no doubt felt and survived stress a million times in the past, so why would this be any different? Being able to separate yourself from stress—no matter how overwhelming it feels—is one of the most important ways you can not only get rid of it and reduce it, but also fend it off in the future.
  2. If things get too difficult to separate yourself from the stress, focus on your breathing. Doing so naturally slows down each breath and that, in turn, can decrease your heart rate. Simply put, you really can’t feel the effects of anxiety if your heart doesn’t speed up. So by keeping it at a relaxed pace, the rest of your physiology will chill out too and this will help to reduce stress.
  3. Don’t forget to be kind to yourself as well. Sadly, too many people shame themselves for folding to stress. But that’s not how you’d treat a friend or family member. Instead, you’d show compassion and help talk them out of the situation. So the next time you’re feeling down about anxiety, speak to yourself just as you would any other loved one going through the same thing.

It’s a huge mistake to think of stress as just one of those things we all have to deal with and to live with every day. This makes it seem like something that must be tolerated, but it’s not. Instead, use the above techniques to help better reduce and fight stress and enjoy greater well-being!