4 Healthy Habits for Reducing Daily Stress


It’s nearly impossible to live a stress-free life. If you don’t face stressful situations at work, then you’ll definitely face them at home. According to experts, stress is a way our body deals with changes in our daily routine. Unfortunately, too much stress can be detrimental to your health. Therefore, if you ever find yourself experiencing constant stress beyond your control, it’s advisable that you seek immediate remedy. That said, if you are vulnerable to stressful conditions, you can consider trying the following healthy habits for reducing daily stress. They’ll help you manage your daily stress.

Healthy Habits for Reducing Daily Stress

1. Do Regular Exercise

One of the best ways to reduce stress is regular physical exercise. It helps clear your mind and focus on an activity hence improving your general health. But more importantly, physical exercise makes your body generate feel-good hormones, known as endorphins. These hormones help improve self-esteem and eliminates any anxiety and depression. Therefore, next time you feel stressed, try taking a walk, doing yoga, jog or doing any other suitable physical activity. Consider looking for a physical activity that you enjoy and consider including it in your weekly schedule for the sake of consistency. Regular exercise will keep your mind and body healthy.

2. Get a Pet

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Pets are lovely companions. Animals are excellent companions because having a pet can significantly help reduce anxiety and stress. This is because as you interact with your pet, you reduce the levels of cortisol, a stress-related hormone. At the same time, bonding with an animal increases oxytocin, which distracts you from your concerns and induces a good feeling. In addition, taking care of an animal that depends on you will help keep your motivation levels high.

3. Pursue Your Hobby

If you want to be happy and stay stress-free, then one valuable tool you need is a hobby. A hobby is any activity that, when you do it, brings you joy, satisfaction and ignites your passion. It helps separate you from stressful situations. Some of the common hobbies you can think of include writing, dancing, listening to music, hiking, and gardening, to name a few. Hobbies like bible study are great for people who would like to focus on their spirituality. If you are unsure where to start, you can always find schools, social groups, and professionals that can help guide you in the right direction.

4. Spend time with friends and family

Socializing with friends and family is another great habit that can help lower your stress levels. Families and friends give you a sense of belonging, which can help you overcome stressful thoughts. You can make stories, laugh together. It’s not only good for your mind but for your body and soul. If you are the type of person who doesn’t socialize, the chances of you developing anxiety, depression, and stress are high. If you ever feel stressed out, you can find that trustable friend or family member and talk with them out. For introverted people, sometimes chatting with a loved one over the phone is enough to relieve stress. Communicating with others can help you feel validated when you begin to feel overwhelmed with your responsibilities.

Everyone experiences stress at different times of their lives. While stress is how our body communicates with us about changes in our lives, how we respond to it matters. If you ever find yourself in stressful situations, practicing the above-mentioned health habits will help promote relaxation and reducing daily stress. While your stressful situations may not be able to go away entirely, making use of helpful stress-reducing techniques can help you handle your responsibilities more effectively.

About the Author

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

1 Comment
  1. Amey Prabhu says

    Hi Dr. Conlan,
    Wonderful Post. The steps that you have given are so simple and easily doable.

    In the past few years different types of breathwork have been found that removes stress in the matter of minutes. It is being promulgated by a lot of healers and therapists. I have found one such breathwork called rebirthing breathwork discovered by Leonard Orr in the 70s.

    What is love most about rebirthing breathwork is that it has a powerful healing experience as well as makes breathing pleasurable.

    What is your take on breathwork as source of daily stress buster?

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