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Combating stress

Top ways to keep stress at bay

Monday, March 03, 2014 by: Yanjun
Tags: combating stress, relaxation methods, heart health

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(NaturalNews) A high level of stress is not good for anyone. When a person is constantly exposed to stress, the individual can develop anxiety disorders. People suffering from high levels of stress can exhibit uncontrollable behaviors related to acute stress such as anger and frustration. This should be avoided as much as possible. Fortunately, coping with stress is not that difficult anymore. There are foolproof ideas to keeping high levels of stress at bay.

Relax

The main combatant against stress is relaxation. While stressful events will guarantee that you cannot be relaxed voluntarily, there are several ways to make sure you get the relaxation you need. Stress-reduction techniques and an exercise regimen such as yoga, meditation, and tai chi are all great methods to introduce some relaxation that your body craves for. These activities can literally take your mind and body away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life without you physically traveling somewhere far away.

These activities are said to have the capacity to lower stress hormones and improve one's immunity. A study has shown that people who do yoga constantly can enjoy a significant decrease of their body's inflammatory responses. Therefore, not only will you decrease your stress level, you can also stay away from chronic diseases such as heart diseases caused by inflammation. No matter how draining your day is, dedicating a certain amount of time a day to focus on relaxation and not caring about what is happening around us is very beneficial.

Surround yourself with friends

A top stress buster is laughter. No sane person can genuinely laugh by themselves for any apparent reason. Therefore, if you want your stress levels to go down, go out and laugh with friends. Surrounding yourself with your friends who care about you is one great way to keep stress away.

Spending time alone may at times be good, but being cooped up on your own most of the time can be detrimental to your mental and heart health. At the very least, being alone all the time will make it harder for your to keep negative thoughts at bay and stress will drown you. Women are more particularly prone to this.

Stop striving for perfection

Striving for something that cannot happen immediately can be stressful. One thing that no one can be is perfect, no matter how hard you try. The more you strive to be perfect, the more you will become hostile and isolated against others. After all, it is quite difficult to strive to be the best and at the same time think nicely of everyone.

This behavior not only makes you feel sad, but it is also unhealthy for your heart. If you want to keep stress at bay, be nice to people and be optimistic. Forget being perfect, focus on being at peace.

Let go and lighten up

Nothing is more stressful than holding a grudge. Letting your anger stew for such a long time can eat you up. In fact, this can lead to a high level of psychological stress. Forgiveness is the best way to go. In relation to this, lighten up.

Stress might be a constant in your life, but you should not let this drown you. Fight back by relaxing more and worrying less. Let go of negative vibes and surround yourself with good friends. Learn to forgive and forget, and just laugh and live more.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20464805,00.html

http://www.nhs.uk

http://www.parade.com

About the author:
Sofiya has written articles on most health-related topics, including traditional medicine, alternative and naturopathic and natural treatments,health insurance, wellness, medical marijuana, diets and fitness.

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