Have you ever felt like you can’t catch a break?
On any given day, there is a task that produces a challenge and stress. Indeed, life is undefeated, meaning most of our days will be filled with stress.
Learning to relax and approach situations in a way that does not overwhelm us is the best attitude to combat this truth. Faced with stress, there are many things we can do.
The following three will help you tackle the problem from the bottom up, strengthening your attitude towards stressful situations and preparing your body to deal with them differently.
3 Keys to Defeating Stress
Accept fragility and cultivate trust
Self-confidence allows you to gain serenity and emotional balance. On the other hand, the sense of fragility, feeling fragile, is often a trigger for tension and anxiety. Although, the present is fleeting.
Therefore, a stressful situation can also be temporary, turning into a soft caress or quick breath of wind that warns us that we are alive. Accepting fragility makes us more authentic and reminds us of that necessary willingness to get back up again and again.
Challenge your bias
We are biased toward negativity as a species, and it certainly is defeating. It’s easy to listen to and follow negative thoughts. Sometimes, it can even be comforting. The difficulty comes from choosing a positive perspective because it takes much more work to see gratitude in high-stress times.
Believe in yourself to navigate through negativity. Trusting yourself means being fully aware that there are alternatives to discouragement and stress. Confidence gives that unique opportunity to “wake up” to a new life.
However, in the same way, nature flows, you must feel accompanied by your own spirit to accept insecurity. If you face unpleasant situations with resentment, you will never find a way out of the labyrinth.
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Keeping up with your health
Staying healthy is one of the most robust defenses against stress overload. So the four most basic questions I would ask are:
- Self-How much are you eating?
- How much water are you drinking?
- How much sleep are you getting?
- Are you moving and/or exercise?
Taking care of your food and water intake, sleep routine, and movement via exercise is the foundation of stress prevention, overwhelm, and maintaining emotional balance.
Additionally, vitamins and minerals help to gain serenity. These, for example:
- Vitamins group B. The body consumes more B vitamins when it is stressed. They are present in whole grains, nuts, and green leafy vegetables (folic acid).
- Vitamin C. When adrenaline levels rise, more vitamin C is required. It is found in oranges, lemons, kiwis, green leafy vegetables (incredibly raw), bell peppers, and tomatoes.
- Vitamin E. It is another antioxidant that reduces the effects of free radicals that deplete the body. It is found in unroasted nuts, virgin olive oil, avocado, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds.
- Magnesium. The magnesium acts to relax the nervous system. When its levels are low, the body releases stress-related hormones. Legumes, bananas, and spinach are rich in magnesium.
Contact with nature helps strengthen physical and emotional health and improves the ability to cope with stress and hopelessness.
Other effective antidotes to stress
Additionally, I’d recommend adding as many tools to your toolbox as necessary to combat the effects of stress.
Creating emotional balance consists of trying different techniques and finding what works. Sitting under stress can relieve the tension at times, such as procrastinating, but it gets us nowhere.
Here are three more valuable skills to get rid of negative thoughts and stress:
- Boost optimism. Cultivating a good mood, laughter, or smile are ways to relieve tension and restore balance. It is about learning to laugh at our minds’ interpretations of reality and seeing situations from another perspective.
- Sing often. We should sing more, and it is that, when singing, the heart rate increases and stress decreases under the effect of the melody and the musical rhythm. Music acts on the heart through the vague nerve, which relates the timbre of the voice with emotions and communication with others. Humming a tune or repeating it like a mantra can have a yoga-like effect.
- Visualize. The visualization of different natural scenes is an aid in recovering from stress. Suppose these visual stimuli are accompanied by natural auditory stimuli. In that case, mood recovery is even more significant and fruitful.
Stress is detrimental and if left unchecked, will shut you down completely. The best care and defense is to create a system of tools you can have at your disposal.
Make a list of items if it helps and reach out for support!
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