Stress and heart disease have been associated with each other for years. It’s important to learn to recognize stress and take appropriate steps to avoid all the harmful effects.
Stress can also lead to many people developing coronary problems at a very early age. Added pressures at work and at home only increase the problems.
Research has shown that stress can also discourage you from doing more healthy activities like meditation or physical exercise. Basically, the more stressed you are, the more stressed you are going to get. It’s a never-ending loop!
Here are some things you can do to decrease stress:
Make some changes
The first step everyone should take when dealing with stress: make a list of stressors in your life. Look for patterns in them. If the list reads "not enough money," "work hours," and "my boss," maybe it's time to get a new job. Just starting to work on solving the problems will reduce your stress.
Make a not-to-do list
When you have a list of things that are stressing you out, consider making a not-to-do list that you will carry with you all the time. In the list include activities that are stressing you out, find the root problems why they are stressing you out, and focus on not doing those things.
Get some exercise
Don’t keep your stress in, work out. Cardiovascular exercises are the best ways to fight stress and strengthen your heart. Just 30 minutes of daily exercise can make a huge difference.
Time management skills
We can’t get everything done perfectly without cutting back on a few things meanwhile. So, prioritize and don’t feel pressured by a lack of time.
Relaxation & breathing exercises
Consider learning some breathing exercises such as the box breathing technique, breathing imagery, or bhramari pranayama breathing exercise.
Talk it over & hug someone!
Sharing some kind of affection with another person releases hormones with a calming effect. And a lot of problems can be solved just by talking them out.
Can you do something about it?
> Yes. Then do something and stop being stressed.
> No. Then what’s the point of being stressed? You can’t change anything about it, so why not go with the flow, accept the situation as it is, and work from there.
Recreate a relaxing scene with everything you have: all your senses & your mind. Feel the scene as you are living & reliving that moment.
Sometimes, we can’t solve everything by ourselves, and it’s a good idea to seek out help from a professional if stress becomes too much.
Make a commitment
Chances are, you won’t solve stress overnight. You need to show up every day for some time in order to see considerable results. Don’t get stressed out because you can’t solve stress straight out of the bat though!