We all experience the symptoms of stress in our daily lives. It could be a health condition, physical pain, emotional pain and mental health. For most people, life is filled with stress: from endless to-do lists to barrage of information overload, home responsibilities and constant demands of work and home, the pressures of modern day life seem to be endless. All these things can lead to immune disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Consequently, you should learn how to reduce stress to avoid the adverse effects and enjoy longer healthy life. Below are various ways on how you can reduce stress in your life:

Write Down All of Your Concerns

Writing down your concerns, especially last thing at night is a simple but excellent way of relieving stress. We are conditioned to accept that when we write things down, we can stop having to struggle to remember them. So when you write down your concerns they are less likely to continue to pop-up in your mind, giving you the 'racing thoughts' feeling that often prevents you from sleeping at night.

Practice Deep Breathing

One of the easiest ways to help you manage stress anywhere and any time is to practice deep breathing or to breathe with the diaphragm. On a regular basis, take deep breaths, slowly till you feel your chest and abdomen move. Closing your eyes, count to 5 while you inhale and 5 while you exhale. You will feel strained muscles relax as you continue with the exercise. Deep breathing can increase your oxygen level which gives you improved energy and less stress. Like singing, you can draw air from your diaphragm, letting the negative energies out.

Sleep

Studies show that by having an adequate sleep can help reduce stress. Ideally, you should be having at least 7 hours of sound sleep per night. Depriving yourself enough hours of sleep can decrease your longevity and your ability to manage stress. Lack of sleep contributes to many health concerns including weight gain, high blood pressure, memory loss, type-2 diabetes. Ensure that after a busy day; you treat your body with adequate hours of sound sleep.

Stop Consumption of Sugary Foods and Caffeine

Taking too much of caffeine as well as foods rich in sugar content can temper with your efforts to reduce stress. When you consume these items, you will experience increased feelings of anxiety, shakiness, insomnia, and irregular or rapid heartbeats. These warning signals (toxic or mild overdose symptoms) are telling you that the temporary energy boost you felt has now drained your body of energy and the long-term effects, from repeated exposure, are negative. You should avoid them if you would like to get relief from stress.

Balanced Diet

This is one of the first things we forget about if we're busy, in a rush and feeling stressed. It seems easier to stop by and grab a fast food lunch or dinner. But this stresses the body more and does not give it the nutrients needed for managing life. Eating a well-balanced diet with plenty of fresh foods is vital to energy levels, managing stress and anxiety throughout the day.

Exercise

Exercise for reducing stress does not have to be a rigorous workout or marathon. Simple things like taking a walk, stretching, jogging, taking yoga classes or even practicing yoga at home are great ways of reducing stress. Exercise connects you with the core source of energy and makes you feel fully alive. It can also help you raise your metabolism and of course, help you maintain a healthy weight as well.

Volunteer and Help Others

If you feel you have been running after deadlines and appointments each day, and you have been in the rat race for most of your life that you haven't even felt good about yourself, go out and volunteer. Helping others is a fulfilling task, and you will be truly amazed at how it can do wonders for your happiness.

Positive Affirmations

One of the proven ways of reducing stress is to use positive affirmations. These are positive statements which help you see the situation differently. For example, you might get stressed from the uncertainty of a new situation at work. In this case, you might use an affirmation like "I embrace the opportunity of change" or "change will allow me to improve myself." Whatever you choose, it must be a positive statement which resonates with you. Write it out. Stick copies of it on the refrigerator, the mirror, your computer screen, anywhere in fact. Read it and repeat it out loud several times a day. Over time, you will internalize your positive affirmation, and you will no longer feel stressed by the change at work.

Change your perspective if you want real long term results. Learn to interpret stressful situations positively using positive affirmations and you will reduce your stress permanently.

Get a Vacation

If you feel like you have been burnt out with your work, then you might want to go for a weeklong vacation to some quiet beach to help you de-stress. Just make sure to plan your vacation well so that you will not be adding more stress to your already stressful life.

Free Clutter

For most of us, we like being surrounded by a degree of organization. Order in our surroundings promotes order in our mind. We have a natural desire for order, and when it is missing, we can often feel stressed. So tidy your workspace or a drawer that's been bothering you for a while, see how it feels!

Power of Meditation

Meditation is also another good way to practice deep relaxation and manage stress as well so why not learn this great method that can also improve your concentration and focus which you can also use in your day to day work.

These are proven fun ways to beat stress and improve your life, longevity and simply have a great time!

Conclusion

Learning how to manage stress is key to having a healthy and longer life. Though stress management might be challenging, the effects will always make a difference in your life. Start by making a few changes in your daily schedules, diet and you will feel the difference. By reducing stress, not only will you be improving your life but also helping to extend it as well.