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15 Simple Tricks for Instant Stress Relief

15 Simple Tricks for Instant Stress Relief

When you become stressed, every aspect of your life can seem harder.

Sometimes stress can be helpful; it pushes us to achieve our goals and stay on track. However, too much stress can make you ill and cause you long-term damage. Don’t let stress ruin your life; here are 15 simple ways to relieve stress immediately.

1. Use tennis balls to get rid of a tension headache.

Hold two tennis balls in your hands and hold them behind your head. Lay down with your head on the tennis balls, and slowly roll your head back and forth. This will provide immediate relief from a tension headache.

2. Exercise regularly.

If you struggle with stress, start exercising; all exercise is a natural stress reducer. Try anything you think you would enjoy, from running to boxing to salsa classes.

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3. Take a bath or shower with soothing music.

A relaxing shower or bath will help you to relax and gather your thoughts. Add some soothing music to help take your mind off the stressful situation.

4. Keep a record of the compliments you receive.

Make a note of every compliment you receive to help you realize how capable you are. Simply write them on a piece of paper or on your phone, and re-read them whenever you are having a stressful day.

5. Try acupuncture.

Many studies have found that acupuncture helps to reduce stress levels by activating the parasympathetic nervous system and bringing the body back into balance.

6. Create a mantra.

Set a positive mantra to say whenever you are feeling stressed. This will help you to relax so that you can think of a solution to your problem.

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Here are some options.

  • “Stress is not my friend.”
  • “I am in charge of my emotions.”
  • “I choose peace, not stress.”
  • “It isn’t the end of the world.”

7. Read a funny book or listen to a funny podcast.

Laughter really is the best medicine; it reduces stress while improving your mood, so read a book or watch a podcast that will make you laugh until your eyes are streaming.

8. Be flexible in life.

Remember that stress doesn’t rule you; you can choose to be stressed, or you can choose to be calm. If you try to go with the flow, you will notice a dramatic decrease in your stress levels.

9. Know your limits.

Don’t overcomplicate your life, or expect too much from yourself; if you push yourself too hard, you will start to feel stressed and exhausted

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10. Don’t dwell on past mistakes.

The past is the past—you can’t change your mistakes, so accept them and move on. Focus on the present and the future and you will feel more optimistic and happy.

Eat the following foods to lower your stress levels.

11. Salmon

Salmon is filled with omega-3 fatty acids that help to counteract the negative effects of stress hormones, and a study found that medical students who took omega-3 supplements had a 20% reduction in anxiety compared to the group given placebo pills. Effective!

12. Yogurt

Did you know your gut bacteria can make you stressed? Yogurt can fix this problem as it is filled with probiotics that help to restore the balance in your gut.

13. Blueberries

The antioxidants and phytonutrients found in blueberries help to improve your body’s response to stress and fight stress-related free radicals.

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14. Seeds

Seeds have lots of benefits, including lowering your stress levels. Flaxseed and sunflower seeds are good sources of magnesium, which helps to regulate your emotions.

15. Dark chocolate

Good news for all chocoholics; a bite of dark chocolate helps to lower levels of stress-causing hormone cortisol. Look for chocolate with at least 70% cocoa.

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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