3 Great Ways to Lower Your Stress Levels

Stress is everywhere in our lives. It’s unavoidable, but it should not be unmanageable. When stress takes over, it can trigger larger mental health issues, like anxiety and depression. It can wear on our nerves and quite literally make us sick. Stress can hurt us physically and shorten our life spans.

If you’re struggling with stress, it’s time to take control. Here are a few proven ways to cut down on stress.

Take a vacation

Not everyone can afford to drop everything and take a vacation right now, but everyone should try to plan out a way to take a break in the near future. When you work nonstop, you increase your stress levels and risk burnout. Burnout is a real condition with symptoms that include physical fatigue and an inability to focus.

Try to make time for a real trip. Go somewhere like Florida and see the sights. Days in the sun will help your body metabolize vitamin D, which will improve your mood and mental health, and activities such as West Palm Beach boat tours will give you wonderful memories and help you take your mind off work.

Studies show that you’ll return to work after a vacation feeling refreshed and focused. And you can keep up the good habits by focusing on work-life balance — which brings us to our next section.

Separate and balance work and life

Work is stressful, but life is supposed to be fun. When we let our work invade our life and take it over, we end up with nothing but stress.

Carve out times and places where work is banned. Start with important places like your own bed: If you’re doing in work in bed, you’re going to set yourself up for terrible sleep (because your brain will associate your bed with work, rather than with rest) and the host of mental health issues that can cause.

Once you’ve banned work from certain spaces and times, expand those zones and try to regain more of your life. Try to avoid answering emails after hours, and treat your personal time as a commitment. You’re your own most important customer.

Focus on nutrients and supplements

When it comes to mental health, you are what you eat. And if you’re scarfing down junk all of the time, then you’re going to end up with terrible mental health. To lower stress levels (not to mention combat anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues), try something simple but revolutionary: Put good things in your body.

That means eating well, of course: You’ll want to consume a lot of whole foods, especially vegetables, because that’s the best way to get the nutrients you need without having to become a mad scientist who counts every last calorie, macronutrient, and micronutrient. Eating lots of whole foods and focusing on plants is a simple approach that will make you healthier.

Supplement your diet with a multivitamin (while no substitute for a healthy diet, multivitamins may help and certainly won’t hurt) and consider other supplements — including CBD, which many believe helps us relax and reduces anxiety and stress. CBD is non-psychoactive, so it won’t get you high despite its origins in the drug marijuana. CBD supplements are widely available and don’t require a prescription.

Meditate

You don’t have to be a Buddhist monk to enjoy the many benefits of meditation. Meditation may seem mystical, but studies show that it has practical real-life benefits — including lower anxiety and stress levels.

Meditation isn’t a cure-all, but it can be a part of a healthier lifestyle that allows you to focus on the important things without stressing out. Start with just a few minutes of meditation per day and then work your way up to longer sessions. You just might find that meditation is the stress solution that is missing from your life.

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