Published On: Fri, Mar 31st, 2017

The Key to a Happy, Healthy Life: Stress Management

The body is wired to react to stress, the fight-or-flight reaction built into us, designed to kick in when faced with danger. Even so, modern day living creates a situation where we continually confront a barrage of stressors that our bodies often misread. After a while, stress will adversely affect your psychological and physical being.  It is essential to actively work to reduce the daily stresses attacking our good health.

Stress will always happen, so the key is to pinpoint the sources of stress to manage it. Look at the various facets of your life, seeking to take steps to reduce your stress in those places. The best way to combat stress is to have a game plan.


We can always expect the unexpected to happen. By preparing for the unpleasant events to occur, you can lower your stress these situations are inevitably going to cause. Finances are unavoidably a source of stress for everyone. Look for ways to reduce your monthly costs. Shop around for competitive rates for utilities or speak with your bank to refinance or adjust monthly payments. 

Even while making utility payments, you will discover choices available which will help reduce financial pressures, allowing you to live more comfortably and with less stress. In many areas, you have the power to choose your electrical supply provider. Browsing commercial electric utility prices may save enormously on your regular electricity costs. Pick the supply policy best for you.

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When unanticipated accidents arise, do not jump to respond immediately. Remember to count to 10 before talking to anyone. Take several deep breaths, have a shower, or even go for a walk. Taking a moment to clear your head, waste less time and energy than waiting to be calm and better able to address the issue.

Get Moving

If you need more reasons to schedule exercise into your calendar, know that physical activity can help relieve stress. Regular exercise can boost your mood, promote weight loss, and help you get a good night’s sleep. A good 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week and two muscle-strengthening exercise workouts sound time-consuming but is manageable when broken into shorter sessions.

Write a letter to yourself

More and more people are finding that a journal or a simple note is a therapeutic way to work through stress. Writing down how you feel moves the feelings out of your head and onto the paper. Start with a proper venting about your feelings but do not stop there. The next step is to consider what you have written, looking for patterns, meaning, or possibilities for change. From identifying your responses to your emotional triggers, writing allows you to work through a range of reactions, often assisting in your mind and body’s ability to heal.

Put the Guilt Away

Managing your stress relies on making yourself a priority. You are of little use to anyone when you cannot function. Put the guilt away and plan on restorative time to take care of yourself. Meditation has numerous health benefits even if it is only five minutes in the morning and before bed. Take a walk, enroll in a yoga class, or insist on a soothing bath to soak your stress away. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and stay hydrated. Most importantly, do not let those stressors seep into your thoughts.

Feeling lethargic and irritable will make you less industrious and intensify your stress. Keeping your body in good physical shape, your mind sharp will help to combat stress. Keep on top of your budget and living costs. When talking about your utilities, such as energy providers, along with the electricity market, you should continue to be knowledgeable, allowing you to make well-informed choices as a consumer, reduce your costs and your stress. Do not forget to laugh, talk to those close to your and practice relaxation techniques every day. It is worth it to gain a sense of relaxation and stress reprieve.

Author: Jimmy Simond

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