10 ways to avoid stress [VIDEO]

Stress harms our health, but it also affects our relationship with our loved ones. Nevertheless, you can avoid stress by doing simple activities and I invite you to consider these tips.

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  • *Published in Vida sana by Lizette Morante on December 7, 2013. Translated and adapted by Anders Peterson from the original article “10 formas de alejar el estrés” by Lizette Morante

  • We live in a world where our schedules are constantly changing. Work, house chores, homework, family financial obligations, health and other elements seem to add to the amount of stress that we may experience in our lives. As a result, our health may be affected by irritability, fatigue and bad temper, all of which damage the quality time that we spend with our loved ones.

  • In order to avoid tense situations in our lives, I’d like to share with you 10 easy tips that will help you relax:

  • Meditate

  • Meditation can be done through a series of exercises that will allow you to concentrate on breathing, contemplating an object, an image or repeating a positive phrase. A good way to do this would include setting time aside to meditate at your home or a park. You may take a few minutes at work to meditate. Another great idea would be to enroll in a yoga class. As soon as you do this, you’ll notice the benefits.

  • Listen to music

  • Music has amazing powers. Therefore, if you are going through a difficult time, you may listen to your favorite songs, and this will help you release the stress. The positive aspect of this is that you can listen to music anywhere. For example, your car, on a bus, at home, or at work. You will find that music enhances productivity.

  • Dance

  • Besides listening to music, dancing is another good activity to help reduce stress. If you are at home, raise the volume and practice your best dance moves. The good thing about this is that you will pass on the energy to your family, and it will make dancing fun.

  • Exercise

  • Although exercising can take away time and energy, it enhances your health, and it helps you stay in shape.

  • Take walks

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  • If you feel stress, go for a walk to a park or a quiet place nearby. This type of activity helps the body to breathe fresh air and think through problems.

  • Read

  • Reading books helps us forget the daily worries. Therefore, when you have free time, it would be good to read your favorite book as you drink your favorite beverage.

  • Pet your dog

  • It may sound unusual, but having a pet is a great way to reduce levels of stress. For example, research has shown that dogs can provide emotional support.

  • Appreciate nature

  • Have you ever seen anything more perfect than Mother Nature? Taking a look at a tree, a flower, an animal or a river can be relaxing for any of us.

  • Take a deep breath

  • Although this may seem simplistic in nature, it is worth trying. By filling the lungs with air, our blood pressure is reduced, and stress is released.

  • Hug your loved ones

  • There is no better way to end the day than providing sincere love to our family. Nothing is as strong and as relaxing as family love.

  • When you feel overwhelmed by an intense day, put into practice any of these suggestions and you’ll soon notice the difference. How do you handle stress?

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Lizette Morante is Mexican and graduated from the School of Journalism Carlos Septien Garcia. Her hobbies are reading, writing, sports and she enjoys being with her family and her dog.

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