We all get stressed out, feel anxious and out of control at times. The world we live in is not the perfect, calm, peaceful, and orderly place we’d like it to be. However, the problem is not the world or the people, the problem is that we are holding onto what we want ourselves and everyone else to be. These ideals and our reluctance to accept things as they really are causing us worries and stress.
When worrying becomes excessive, it can lead to high anxiety and panic, sap your emotional energy, cause illness and interfere with your daily life. However, constant worrying is a bad mental habit that can definitely be broken only if you train yourself to stay calm in stressful situations and look at life from a different, more positive perspective.
Here are 6 great ways to reduce stress and anxiety, regain control of your mind, and find joy in your life.
Recognize worry for what it really is
The first step to take is to be aware that these “worries” are just thoughts in your mind. Learn to recognize anxiety, depression, guilt, anger: whatever your mood, realize that it is just thoughts that occur when you imagine something going wrong in the future. These imagined events and thoughts are actually causing you to feel worried and anxious.
Get enough sleep
Worry and anxiety can cause insomnia and keep you up all night. However, a lack of sleep can also lead to anxiety because when you’re sleep deprived you lose your ability to handle stress. So, make sure that you get enough sleep (7 to 8 hours) and you’re well rested because this is the key when it comes to reducing stress and anxiety.
You can be in the most amazing place in the world, but if you are constantly worried and focused on negative thoughts, then you’re missing out the opportunity to be happy in the present. So, slow down and spend more time in the present moment. If you feel that you are starting to worry, immediately stop the spin of negative thoughts and emotions and just focus on what is going on around you.
Laugh out loud and smile
There’s an age-old saying that says that laughter is literally the best medicine for everything. Whenever you face a stressful situation, just laugh it off. Smiling releases endorphins, chemicals which decrease stress level in the body and help ease anxiety. Laughter also helps you remain calm and relaxed and also makes everything seem a little bit better.
Meditation is considered to be one of the most effective ways to keep stress and anxiety at bay. Studies have shown that 25 minutes of focused meditation per day can affect people’s ability to stay strong under stress. Meditation has numerous positive benefits for the body and brain and reduces anxiety and stress while boosting the mood.
Exercise can also reduce your anxiety and stress levels. Studies have shown that besides the benefits for the body, exercise also has mental benefits and can make you feel more focused and decisive. Even though exercise may not solve your problems, engaging yourself in activity takes your mind off things and helps your release stress.