5 Ways to Prevent, Cope With, and Reduce Stress

I am, by far, the most nervous person I have ever met. I also tend to hang out with very high-strung people, because birds of a feather flock together, so we get each other. I have tried many things in life to chill me out, including medication, which never really worked for me.

Living in an overstimulating world has caused me to hide away at times. I love being out and about; large groups of people are energizing for me. So I had to learn how to learn tricks to cope with the stress in everyday life. If you are a sensitive soul like me and tend to stress out easily, then this article will certainly help you prevent, cope with and reduce stress.

Businessman stressed out at work

1. Take Control Of Your Environment

There are a few things you can do to take control of your environment that will help you prevent stress-provoking situations. Each time you go into an overstimulating environment, choose to shut off one of your senses or at least lower the amount of input you are getting in that situation. Are you a person that gets nervous and stressed out in crowds? Purchase a comfortable pair of earplugs. Ever been shaking in your boots when having to give a speech? Try clouding your gaze, which is basically softly focusing instead of hyper-focusing on an object. It is a lot less scary when everyone in your audience is blurry!

2. Breathe

Duh, right? We all have amazing bodies that breathe in and out all day and all night without even having to think about it! But it’s quite amazing what happens to your stress level when you actually do start thinking about your breath. When you find yourself in a very stressful situation, take a little breather. Walk away from the situation for a moment, close your eyes and take a very deep breath in through your nose, bringing the air into the deepest part of your lungs. Then open up your mouth and let all that air out with a sigh, allow your shoulders to drop down and relax. Do this several times and you will notice quickly what a calming effect it has on your body and mind.

Young woman taking a break from exercising outside

3. Wear Yourself Out

Sometimes we need to burn up that stress hormone in order to get it out of our body. If you are a high-strung person, you must exercise in some way each day. Nothing clears your mind and wears your body out like a good run, a long walk on the beach or pumping iron. You will get in shape and chill out at the same time. You will also sleep better each night instead of sitting up worrying about all that went wrong today and all that can go wrong tomorrow!

4. Listen to (Calming) Music

Driving in crazy traffic to get to work can be one of the most stressful parts of your whole day. It can put you in a bad mood, get your blood pumping and set the tone for the hours ahead. Make the inside of your car a private oasis, and escape from the crazy world around you. Listen to calm, peaceful music that will slow your heart rate down and encourage your mind to quiet. Avoid loud, fast-paced music that will get your blood pumping and your temper fired up. By the time you get to work, you will have calmed yourself down enough that your mind will be clear and ready to go!

Cup of tea with lemon and honey

5. Watch What You Put In Your Body

Some of us need caffeine to get us moving in the morning and thank heavens it exists, but too much caffeine early in the morning and throughout the day can really increase the amount of stress you experience. The reason caffeine wakes us up is because it gets our heart pumping, stimulates our brain, and rushes the blood more quickly through the veins. These are also all characteristics that are found in a stressful situation. When you add coffee to your body, then add traffic or a screaming child to the mix, you may find that you want to blow your top! On the other hand, there are things you can put in your body that will have a calming effect. Switch your morning beverage to a warm cup of chamomile tea and it will serve as more of a sedative for your system. It will relax you, slow your heart rate down. The smell of lavender can do the same thing, so keep a little lavender sachet in your purse or car so that any time you feel stressed out, you can breathe in the calming scent.

[Related Article: Just Breathe: How to Breathe Properly]

It’s a very busy, overstimulating world and it can be quite overwhelming for sensitive souls. You don’t have to lock yourself up in a sound proof environment to keep yourself calm. You can go outside and experience the world; just find ways to find peace in life’s stressful situations.

Sarah Stevenson
Sarah Stevenson, a.k.a., The Tini Yogini, is a Certified Yoga Instructor in Southern California. She has a degree in Behavioral Psychology and is a professional writer focusing on the subject of fitness and conscious living. She teaches not only yoga classes but also life affirming workshops.

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