How to Deal with Stress and Zap it before it Strikes

If untreated, stress can lead to physical and mental health problems. Everyday stress is manageable; there are many strategies that can help you fight stress.

Himanshu Sharma
Written by: Himanshu SharmaPublished at: May 01, 2014

Dealing with Everyday Stress

Dealing with Everyday Stress
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Stress is unavoidable, but you should never ignore it. If ignored, stress can cause serious physical and mental health problems. Everyday stress is manageable; you can reduce your stress with patience and some useful strategies. (Image source:Getty)

Practice Deep Breathing

Practice Deep Breathing
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When stressed, take a deep breath. Breathe in and out slowly and deeply, feeling your breaths in your lungs. It oxygenates your blood and clears your mind. (Image source:Getty)

Listen to Music

Listen to Music
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If you feel you’re in a stressful situation, listening to your favourite song may help you get control. Calm music falling into your ears has a positive effect on the brain and body; it reduces cortisol (a hormone linked to stress) and lowers blood pressure. (Image source:Getty)

Call a Friend

Call a Friend
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If something is bothering you, call a friend and talk it out. Friends and loved ones are important to any healthy lifestyle. That reassuring voice can help you put everything in perspective. (Image source:Getty)

Laugh it off

Laugh it off
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A bout of laughter when you feel stress can bail you out. Laughter is known to release endorphins that decrease the levels of stress-causing hormones (cortisol and adrenaline) and help improve your mood. (Image source:Getty)

Eat Right

Eat Right
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Your dietary choices are closely related to stress. When we’re stressed, we tend to find comfort in sugary foods and snacks. These don’t help combat stress; fruits, vegetables and fish with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids are known to reduce the symptoms of stress. (Image source:Getty)

A Cup of Green Tea

A Cup of Green Tea
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When you’re troubled by stress, try green tea. It contains healthy antioxidants, as well as theanine (an amino acid) to give your nervous system a calming and soothing effect. (Image source:Getty)

Mindful Meditation

Mindful Meditation
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There are certain lifestyle changes that are effective in the long run to keep stress under control. Mindful meditation approaches (such as yoga and tai chi) prevent stress from becoming a problem in the first place. (Image source:Getty)

Daily Exercise

Daily Exercise
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Exercise has myriad of health benefits – physical and psychological. A 5-minute workout is enough to get your blood moving, release endorphins and improve your mood. When stressed, take a walk to find immediate relief. (Image source:Getty)

Sleep Better

Sleep Better
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Stress can give you sleepless nights. Similarly, lack of sleep is one of the main reasons behind stress. Not sleeping enough causes havoc in the brain and body. Make a point to get good seven to eight hours of sleep everyday; it is one of the most effective stress busters. (Image source:Getty)

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