Kick Your Stress to the Curb


Tips and Tricks For Stress Management

Do you find yourself responding to a voice in your head that wants you to meet it’s every demand? That is stress in its natural habitat. A huge factor of stress is change. We go through our daily activities not always knowing what is going to come next, or the answer to every struggle we face. Each and every activity we face in our daily lives is subject to constant change which causes human beings to become “stressed.”

Stress can be anything from problems at home or work to academics. People react to stress in various ways such as headaches, sleeplessness, depressed mood, anger, and irritability. We all experience immense amount of stress on a daily basis, but learning how to cope with and manage our stress is the key to survival.

I have grown up with a strong passion for yoga. I use my practice not only for the physical benefit, but for the mental strength it provides me. I have acquired the ability to use my practice as a time to focus on my breathing and no other external factors. I learned how to take one hour out of my day to just be in the moment and not worry about anything going on outside of my mat. Although yoga is not for everyone, there are a vast amount of other stress relieving activities. Any other form of exercise such as walking, running, biking, and going to the gym are all ways to improve your stress levels. When we endure in physical activity, our bodies release endorphins which in turn increase our overall well-being, and lower our stress levels.

Maintaining a healthy diet is also a strong factor when coping with various kinds of stress. I have noticed over the years that when I consume healthy foods, I am happier. While we all love to indulge in foods that taste great, they harm our body in a negative way when dealing with stress. Eating fruits and vegetables, and foods that are high in protein such as cottage cheese, almonds and tuna will stabilize your mood. Eating vitamins and minerals like folic acid and B vitamins directly affects mood in a positive way.

Drinking water is a key factor in lowering your stress level. When your body is dehydrated it does not function properly. When you’re stressed, you’re heart rate increases and you’re breathing more heavily which causes your body to become dehydrated. Making sure your body is receiving the proper amount of water daily will help to lower stress.

Each and every human struggles with an immense amount of stress on a daily basis. The only way to fight the ongoing battle is practicing the appropriate ways to manage the little voice in our head telling us what needs to be done. Soon enough the voice in your head will start to be a motivator in fighting your stress.


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