If you’ve been feeling like you’ve wanted to explode in frustration lately, this might just be the article that you need to turn that frown upside down (no, really).
Do know, though, that it probably isn’t even your fault. You can finally let that block off your chest now and breathe easy. Stress comes from a number of things, some that you can control, and some that you can’t – it’s simply how you react to it that makes all the difference. And although it’s impossible to be happy all the time, there are some things that you can do to change the way you feel. There are ways to eliminate stress and at least, keep you feeling good (if not great) throughout the day.
So follow us on our three-part feature article on the ways the 5 Ways to Eliminate Stress from Your Life.
Be Healthy, Be Fit.
One of the easiest ways you can start turning your life around and reducing stress from it is by eating healthy, supplemented by regular exercise. There have been quite a few studies online regarding the ways in which food can affect your mood and your overall stress levels.
This falls into two categories. A. You’re just hungry. Most people, in the midst of a lot of pressure tend to forget about their own hunger levels and start to delve into problems associated with eating too little. This causes a bit of a problem, as people get lost in an endless cycle of: stress → not eating → stress → not eating → stress. B. Some of the food you’re eating is affecting your mood. We recommend you to do a little research on the topic, as there are actually quite a few types of foods out there that affect your overall mood, elevating happiness, and sometimes making you what the children call a Mr. Grumpy-Pants.
The other factor here is being fit, involving going to the gym. We won’t go into too much detail, but exercising releases mood elevating hormones and endorphins that usually give you an overall better feeling after even in just as little as 20 minutes of exercise. As many people say, use your negative energy in a productive way in the gym for positive results. In fact, some studies suggest that people who exercise are generally happier people. Beat that.
Smiling can offer stress relive
You’ve probably heard the saying “A smile can hide a thousand words” before.
Although it isn’t exactly words that you’re hiding, it can put on a show, fooling people of the feelings you keep inside.
Yes, it isn’t good to vent – stress wise.
However, it isn’t simply about putting on a mask and hiding your feelings. You wouldn’t have to become a cold person to do this.
However, there is some surprisingly convincing research out there suggesting that simply smiling when you’re in all grumpy can actually cause you to experience a positive mood.
Apparently, your brain cannot discern whether your smile is genuine or fake, causing it to release hormones in your body that would normally be released were you in a jolly mood.
The research also warns, though, that trying too hard, though, might be counterproductive, and might actually backfire in your plans to de-stress. This means that the saying “fake it ‘til you make it” might just hold true.
Do Not Distort Your Perspective
Often a lot of people think that a bad morning inevitably means that you are going to have a bad day.
However, this isn’t always necessarily true – unless, of course you’ve been having an unfortunately really bad run of bad coincidences.
Most often, what happens is that our bad mood affects our perspective on the whole day, that some of the little things that we start doing – a few behavioral cues – are a bit influenced by that single event that happened in the beginning of your morning.
It probably was something as trivial as having to change your blue shirt after spilling coffee on it too.
However, although we won’t be able to completely eliminate this sort of thing, we should always try to re-evaluate ourselves throughout the day, and see what kind of positive spin you can make out of the events that happened.
Maybe blue isn’t really your colour – a yellow one makes you stand out better.
Keep positive, it isn’t going to be all bad.