Stress affects most of us at some stage in our lives, but for many people, it may be something that is a continual burden. Stress and anxiety often go hand-in-hand, and they can leave anyone experiencing them with a whole host of negative side-effects. 

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What are the Signs of Stress and Anxiety?

If you cannot focus and your mind is continually churning up different situations in your life, then this may be due to stress and anxiety. You may not be able to get to sleep at night, or you may find that you have trouble staying asleep, or are waking up very early each morning when you do not want to and are unable to get back to sleep. Being easily distracted is symptomatic of stress and anxiety, as is being irritable toward those around you. 

You may feel pains in your chest. Muscle pains are not uncommon, particularly in the next, shoulders and top of the back. You may get run down and start picking up colds. 

Manage Your Stress and Anxiety

There is no one definitive way to deal with stress and anxiety, as everyone is different. Trying to identify the triggers and minimize your exposure to these elements is going to be very helpful though. It is worth trying to incorporate a number of different methods of dealing with stress in your life. Here are a few suggestions: 

1. Hypnosis 

There are deep-seated emotional habits that often lie behind how we naturally manage stress and anxiety in our lives and hypnosis may be a way of unlocking those parts of our brain. Check out this website to see how hypnosis may be incorporated into your stress management routine. 

2. Meditation

Meditation is a great way to help you to relax. Often stress and anxiety come from an inability to find a sense of calm. By incorporating the deep breathing and relaxation methods found in the meditation, you will be able to find a way of managing your stresses, helping you find inner peace. If you have never meditated before, getting used to focusing on slow deep breathing can be hard, but with practice, it will come. Maybe try some guided meditations to help you to get started. 

3. Exercise

Exercise is a great way of relieving stress. As we engage in physical activity, we create chemicals that make us feel good. These chemicals can help us dramatically in balancing out the chemicals associated with stress and anxiety. 

4. Eat Well 

Eating a balanced and healthy diet with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables is a great way of lowering your stress levels. When we look after our bodies, our minds often feel the benefits too. Ensuring that you are well hydrated by drinking plenty of water is also important too and will help you dramatically. 

There are, of course, many other different ways you can manage your stress such as through the use of herbal or prescription medication, and with the assistance of a therapist. The point here is to explore various options, determine what works best for you, and go from there. You’re in control!

Share your thoughts: What are some methods you’ve found useful to quash stress?