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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 November 15, 2018

Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

What do you think it takes to achieve your goals? Hard work? Lots of actions? While these are paramount to becoming successful in reaching our goals, neither of these are possible without a positive mindset.

As humans, we naturally tend to lean towards a negative outlook when it comes to our hopes and dreams. We are prone to believing that we have limitations either from within ourselves or from external forces keeping us from truly getting to where we want to be in life. Our tendency to think that we’ll “believe it when we see it” suggests that our mindsets are focused on our goals not really being attainable until they’ve been achieved. The problem with this is that this common mindset fuels our limiting beliefs and shows a lack of faith in ourselves.

The Success Mindset

Success in achieving our goals comes down to a ‘success mindset’. Successful mindsets are those focused on victory, based on positive mental attitudes, empowering inclinations and good habits. Acquiring a success mindset is the sure-fire way to dramatically increase your chance to achieve your goals.

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The idea that achieving our goals comes down to our habits and actions is actually a typical type of mindset that misses a crucial point; that our mindset is, in fact, the determiner of our energy and what actions we take. A negative mindset will tend to create negative actions and similarly if we have a mindset that will only set into action once we see ‘proof’ that our goals are achievable, then the road will be much longer and arduous. This is why, instead of thinking “I’ll believe it when I see it”, a success mindset will think “I’ll see it when I believe it.”

The Placebo Effect and What It Shows Us About The Power of Mindset

The placebo effect is a perfect example of how mindset really can be powerful. In scientific trials, a group of participants were told they received medication that will heal an ailment but were actually given a sugar pill that does nothing (the placebo). Yet after the trial the participants believed it’s had a positive effect – sometimes even cured their ailment even though nothing has changed. This is the power of mindset.

How do we apply this to our goals? Well, when we set goals and dreams how often do we really believe they’ll come to fruition? Have absolute faith that they can be achieved? Have a complete unwavering expectation? Most of us don’t because we hold on to negative mindsets and limiting beliefs about ourselves that stop us from fully believing we are capable or that it’s at all possible. We tend to listen to the opinions of others despite them misaligning with our own or bow to societal pressures that make us believe we should think and act a certain way. There are many reasons why we possess these types of mindsets but a success mindset can be achieved.

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How To Create a Success Mindset

People with success mindsets have a particular way of perceiving things. They have positive outlooks and are able to put faith fully in their ability to succeed. With that in mind, here are a few ways that can turn a negative mindset into a successful one.

1. A Success Mindset Comes From a Growth Mindset

How does a mindset even manifest itself? It comes from the way you talk to yourself in the privacy of your own head. Realising this will go a long way towards noticing how you speak to yourself and others around you. If it’s mainly negative language you use when you talk about your goals and aspirations then this is an example of a fixed mindset.

A negative mindset brings with it a huge number of limiting beliefs. It creates a fixed mindset – one that can’t see beyond it’s own limitations. A growth mindset sees these limitations and looks beyond them – it finds ways to overcome obstacles and believes that this will result in success. When you think of your goal, a fixed mindset may think “what if I fail?” A growth mindset would look at the same goal and think “failures happen but that doesn’t mean I won’t be successful.”

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There’s a lot of power in changing your perspective.

2. Look For The Successes

It’s really important to get your mind focused on positive aspects of your goal. Finding inspiration through others can be really uplifting and keep you on track with developing your success mindset; reinforcing your belief that your dreams can be achieved. Find people that you can talk with about how they achieved their goals and seek out and surround yourself with positive people. This is crucial if you’re learning to develop a positive mindset.

3. Eliminate Negativity

You can come up against a lot of negativity sometimes either through other people or within yourself. Understanding that other people’s negative opinions are created through their own fears and limiting beliefs will go a long way in sustaining your success mindset. But for a lot of us, negative chatter can come from within and these usually manifest as negative words such as can’t, won’t, shouldn’t. Sometimes, when we think of how we’re going to achieve our goals, statements in our minds come out as negative absolutes: ‘It never works out for me’ or ‘I always fail.’

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When you notice these coming up you need to turn them around with ‘It always works out for me!’ and ‘I never fail!’ The trick is to believe it no matter what’s happened in the past. Remember that every new day is a clean slate and for you to adjust your mindset.

4. Create a Vision

Envisioning your end goal and seeing it in your mind is an important trait of a success mindset. Allowing ourselves to imagine our success creates a powerful excitement that shouldn’t be underestimated. When our brain becomes excited at the thought of achieving our goals, we become more committed, work harder towards achieving it and more likely to do whatever it takes to make it happen.

If this involves creating a vision board that you can look at to remind yourself every day then go for it. Small techniques like this go a long way in sustaining your success mindset and shouldn’t be dismissed.

An Inspirational Story…

For centuries experts said that running a mile in under 4 minutes was humanly impossible. On the 6th May 1954, Rodger Bannister did just that. As part of his training, Bannister relentlessly visualised the achievement, believing he could accomplish what everyone said wasn’t possible…and he did it.

What’s more amazing is that, as soon as Bannister achieved the 4-minute mile, more and more people also achieved it. How was this possible after so many years of no one achieving it? Because in people’s minds it was suddenly possible – once people knew that it was achievable it created a mindset of success and now, after over fifty years since Bannister did the ‘impossible’, his record has been lowered by 17 seconds – the power of the success mindset!

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