The old saying that “Prevention is better than cure” certainly holds true for stress management. Regarded as a clinical problem, stress is experienced by almost every individual in varying forms and degrees every day.  This is primarily due to the hassles, demands and frustrations of daily life. Besides this, you would also be surprised to find out that much of your stress tends can be due to a disorganized and cluttered lifestyle. In small doses, stress can definitely help motivate and stimulate you to get things done. But, if the level of pressure gets too high, it might affect your mental and physical functioning.

Tips to Control Stress: In order to lead a healthy and stress-free life, it is vital to follow certain guidelines or steps. They will help you get in better control over life and alter the way you view stress and its trigger factors.

Here are a few ways in which you can reduce and eliminate stress…

Regular Exercise: Exercise is one of the best ways to deal with stress. Regular 20-30 minutes of physical activity every day is vital to decrease stress hormones like cortisol and increase your body’s feel good chemicals called endorphins. Certain forms of exercise can act as an outlet for releasing vent-up emotions and frustrations.

Relaxation Techniques: This involves taking time to wind down every day and certain basic relaxation techniques, deep breathing techniques, meditation and practicing different yoga postures to relax your body and muscles.

Balanced Diet: What you put in your body determines your ability to cope with stress or anxiety. A balanced diet of fresh fruits and vegetables is a must to reverse the negative impacts of stress and live a more healthy life.

Avoid Stressful Situations: As far as possible, ensure that you avoid unnecessary arguments, conflicts or any other stressful situation. Try to keep yourself calm in every way and avoid getting involved in unnecessary situations.

Sleep: A regular 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep is also important to relax your mind and body. If you have difficulty sleeping, you can use relaxation techniques like listening to music or reading a book and avoiding tv and the internet and bright lights half an hour at least before retiring.