There can be several reasons for your stress levels hitting the roof, but you cannot manage them all. What you can do is manage yourself and the way you deal with stress. It is your inability to manage your life that causes stress. Once you realize this simple fact, you will find it relatively easy to keep stress at bay. Here are a few helpful tips for Stress Management.

Take a deep breath

….or several to reduce stress. You must have heard this phrase one too many times in your life, but suffice to say, it is one of the most important and easy ways to combat stress. Take a few minutes every single day to practice deep breathing – sit on a chair, relax, and slowly breathe in and breathe out concentrating on the path of the breath deep into your stomach to back up and out through your nostrils. Shallow breaths, the one we usually take, are known to cause stress while deep breathing regulates oxygen flow in your body and clears your mind thereby reducing stress levels.

Sleep Well

Sleep and stress are interlinked. Less sleep leads to stress while stress causes loss of sleep. A good night’s sleep is highly recommended and is absolutely necessary to maintain one’s health. Drink a glass of warm milk or count hundreds of sheep backwards if you need to, but go to sleep at a decent hour and sleep tight through the night. A well deserved rest prepares your mind and body to deal with the day’s tensions in a better manner. It keeps you alert and awake through the day.

Exercise Regularly

15 to 20 minutes of daily exercise – a brisk walk, a quick jog, a climb up the stairs, or pilates and yoga whichever you are into can do wonders for your physical and mental health. It regulates blood flow which in turn releases endorphins that can improve your mood significantly. A happy mind keeps the stress away.

Eat Right

Eat on time, eat proper food. A proper diet helps lower stress levels. Include plenty of fresh fruits and leafy vegetables in your diet. Fish has high levels of omega-3 fatty acids known to reduce the symptoms of stress. Avoid junk food, sugary, fatty, and fried food as much as you can.

Learn to say ‘No’

Being assertive helps cut down stress by half since you are in control of your situations. Saying ‘no’ requires a lot of gumption and those who shy away from taking a stand always end up stressed and angry with themselves for taking on something they are ill prepared for.

Listen to Music

Music is therapeutic. It does matter what kind of music you listen to but it helps a great deal to reduce stress levels. If rock & roll is your thing, go for it but calm, relaxing music is known to have soothing effect on your senses. Listening to ocean or nature sounds is scientifically proven to calm your nerves.