Stress can undermine your health and happiness. It can cause a lot of problems, including depression, anxiety, weight gain, sleep disorders, and adrenal fatigue.
Some people use meditation to combat stress. The science of meditation, however, is still young. People do not know exactly why, how, and to what degree meditation works to help alleviate stress. But it works. That’s for sure.
Nonetheless, mediation is not for everyone. Many individuals hesitate to sit alone on their own, processing thoughts that may elicit powerful emotions.
If you feel that you are not ready for the practice of meditation as a way to manage stress, you can use other effective ways for stress reduction.
6 Powerful Ways To Manage Stress without Meditation
1. Move your body
Stress causes intense emotions to surface. Physical exercise allows you to clear your mind and to pump up your endorphins so that you feel more positive about things in general.
Research shows that even 5 minutes of aerobic physical activity daily can help you ward off anxiety attacks resulting from stress.
2. Take control
When you allow yourself to feel overwhelmed and to think that there is nothing you can do to solve your problems, you promote the feeling of losing control. This situation is just likely to cause your stressful feelings to escalate.
When you feel stressed about certain situations, try to take a rational and focused perspective. What can you do to solve the problem? Which options do you have? What steps can you take to make the situation better?
You are likely to feel empowered when you try to take stock of the situation and come up with solutions.
Also, take a deep breath. How many times have you taken a deep breath to brace yourself for a tough situation? It helps.
3. Work smart
You do not always have to put in long hours of work. You have to work smart. Set your priorities. Concentrate on the really important tasks. Do not squander time on insignificant odd jobs simply because you feel anxious to face the few really important tasks that matter.
Tackling the essential tasks right away will dissipate anxious feelings and allow you to work faster and more efficiently.
4. Keep a positive disposition
Do not focus on the negative. Focus instead on what is positive in your life. If you are feeling stressed or dejected, write down the things that make you feel particularly thankful. This will help you take a more positive spin on the challenges that you face.
5. Face the fact that there are things you have no control over
Some things are beyond your control. No matter how much you want to, there are certain things that you just cannot change.
If your company is failing and needs to let go of employees, including you, try to look for what is positive in the situation. You now have the chance to explore other job opportunities. You have the prospect of getting a better-paying job in a more promising company.
When things get really difficult, you should try to look at things in perspective. Life is not easy all of the time. Every individual has his own struggles to get through. You simply have to plod on with a hopeful spirit.
6. Enjoy relationships
Knowing that you have family and friends in your life can help ease your burden. It helps you realize what really counts in life.
Make sure that you do not allow work to keep you from enjoying spending time with people who matter to you. Having fun and enjoying a good laugh with friends is an excellent stress-buster.
You cannot avoid stress. But you can control your reactions to it. Take the above-mentioned steps and you will find yourself coping better – and becoming stronger, happier, and more resilient in the long run.
Thanks for reading. Until next time!
Crazy cat lady, life and food lover, certified biologist, and holistic health coach.