Stress affects everyone. Some more than others. Millions of people suffer from illnesses that cannot be explained and are tied back to stress. For years I suffered from anxiety, insomnia, and constipation due to a high level of stress in my life. I sought my local family physician for years in search of some type of relief. Nothing worked, and for a little of 10 years, I became used to living a stressed life as if it were a normal way of life. It was not until I focused on these three things that my life started to improve. Here are my top three stress relief tips.
Day by day, my life has improved tremendously. I looked into natural or alternative methods to resolve my problems. Not only do these simple things work, but they are so simple and easy to implement into anyone’s life. I must state that I am no doctor, and am in no way telling anyone not to seek medical attention when they feel it is needed.
Drink Plenty Water
I know you will say…..yeah yeah, how many times have I heard this. I said the same thing as well. However, I can promise you once I really focused on how much water I was drinking I was shocked that it wasn’t as much as I thought. Some days I was only getting 2 cups of water. When I increased my water intake to 12 cups a day minimum, I saw an increase in focus and less fatigue within a few days. Being hydrated is a great stress relief.
Exercise the Stress Away
Exercise not only played a key role in my stress reduction, but it helped me with my overall self-esteem. When I started exercising, my energy levels soared. At first, I was exercising at night, doing a 40 minute Zumba DVD routine. Now I get up and exercise at 7:30 a.m. and do a mix of 20 minutes of cardio and 30 -40 minutes of weight training. I went from waking up tired and getting fatigued before 12 p.m., to waking up feeling rested and have the energy to conquer my task through the day. The added self-esteem boost is a bonus. I find myself checking myself out in the mirror and smiling.
It goes without saying that a sleep-deprived person is a cranky person. When I was missing out on sleep, I would awake tired and less focused. It also didn’t take very long for me to get irritated with anything including my work and family. Since making exercise a priority in my life, I drink much more water, and yes…sleep better. I may get to bed around 11 p.m. and get up now between 6-7 am. Overall I have much more energy, and when working I am much more focused on the task that I am doing. I am more than sure that everyone in my family appreciates the improvement in my health as well as the huge improvement in my attitude.