6 Ways To Help Reduce Stress and Anxiety

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How to Reduce Stress and Anxiety

If you are looking for some ideas to reduce stress and anxiety in your life, then listen up!

I think it is safe to assume that none of us are perfect in life. We all deal with difficulties on a daily basis that consume not only our thoughts, but our actions as well. Aside from depression and an eating disorder, I also suffer from stress and anxiety. Especially at the end of every month.

I don’t want to get into much detail about my job or the pay structure, but part of my pay is based on commission. The commission that I earn is calculated at the end of every month. If I do well, I make more money. If I do poorly, I still make money, but not as much.

August was a challenging month to say the least. I was not performing well, and my anxiety and stress levels were through the roof. I was having trouble sleeping, my chest was tight, and my heart was constantly racing. Basically, I was just a mess.

Part of me wanted to give up and call in sick, and the other part said to keep going. I kept going and I gave it everything I had. To be honest, because of the fact that I didn’t give up, I actually finished okay. It wasn’t my best, but it also wasn’t my worst. I got through it and I lived to see another day.

So I wanted to write this post for others, but also for my future self. The next time that the end of the month rolls around and you are stressed out, remember these thing. These are the parts of life that you enjoy. They help you relax, and they help to reduce stress and anxiety.

-Enjoy your family.

Honestly, I have got to the point in life where relationships mean more to me than anything. I have experienced many lows in life, and I would not have escaped them if it was not for my family.

If you are stressed, go see your parents, go see your brothers and sisters, just be around those who love you the most, and those who care for you the most. There is no amount of time that is ever going to be better than time with your loved ones.

-Talk to someone.

As a person that used to keep to themselves, opening up and talking to others has done wonders for me. Especially when I talk to my family. It allows me to get my emotions off of my chest, but I also get to hear the perspective of others.

It is sometimes nice to have a different perspective and approach to help problem solve. While we like to think that we know the answer to every situation, we are often times wrong. Listen to the advice of others, and act on it if you think that it is going to benefit you.

Write your thoughts.

Who would have thought that this wannabe jock would be sitting here and telling you to write your emotions. Honestly, I never took it up before because I thought it was “lame.” The thought of journaling was something that I considered to be too cool for. I was in a mindset of trying to fit in and become popular instead of doing what was best for me.

Well, here I am. Except now, I am journaling for the world to see. If I had not started to journal, I would probably be the same old miserable person that I was. Since starting, my family has noticed a difference in my mood, my friends have noticed, but more importantly, I have noticed. I feel better about myself and the person that I am becoming.

Do I worry about judgement? Not really. Odds are that I either don’t know the people reading this blog. If I do know you and you reading this means, it probably means that you care for me. It means that you want to see me succeed, and that is something that I am incredibly grateful for.

-Reading.

Reading truly is knowledge. I think I have read a total of two books since I graduated from college about a year and a half ago. Yeah, I know it’s disappointing, but I just never really enjoyed reading. That is of course until I realized the benefits or reading.

Again, it isn’t that reading is telling me to do this, or to do that. Reading is just providing me with a different insight and approach on life. By reading the personal stories of others, I am given motivation and inspiration on how to handle similar situations that I face in life.

-Exercise

Exercise is another way that I deal with stress. Moving and exercising helps to reduce depression and stress, enhances your mood, and does so much more.

My only caution is to be mindful of how much you exercise. As someone who deals with stress and anxiety, I often find myself exercising much more than I should because I just lose track of time, and because it feels good. Oddly enough, exercising has also hurt me because I don’t listen to my body when it tells me to quit.

Personally, I would recommend around 1 hour of exercise a day, give or take a few minutes. If you exercise more than that, just be cautious. It is not worth stressing your body out more than it already is.

-Sleep

Try to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night. Now I know there are people that think that if you want to achieve your goals in life, then you need to be up at all hours of the day. While that is somewhat true, you are going to be much more productive if you are sharp and focused instead of being stressed and sleep deprived.

Get a good night’s sleep, and you will wake up feeling refreshed, energized, and ready to take on whatever the day is going to throw at you.

I am not saying that these are the only ways to reduce stress and anxiety. These are just the ways that help me the most. Whatever it is that helps you to reduce stress and anxiety, stick with it. Remember, you are capable of overcoming any obstacle in life as long as you believe in yourself.

Michael Bonnell

8/05/2018

 

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