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Daily Tips To Reduce Stress

By Charles Hopkins Published 09/20/2007 | Health
Daily stress can affect your health. It has been proven that those who don't find ways to lower their stress can develop stress-related illnesses such as heart disease, high blood pressure and depression.

If you have been feeling overwhelmed in your daily life because of financial, relationship or health issues that seem insurmountable then you need to find ways to cope so that you can lead a healthful life.

The first symptom of daily stress is depression. People who are feeling stress often become anxious, depressed, and find quick fixes to overcome their anxiety. Some quick fixes include food binges, either sleeping too much or sleeping too little, anger, overreacting to situations and excessive mood swings.

Isn't it true that there is nothing more important than your health? Those who forget to eat often wind up feeling depressed. It is important to eat at least two meals daily as this gives your body some substance to create energy and this helps your body to function.

It is easy to binge on food but then you have made your body uncomfortable and usually binging makes you feel bloated and excessively tired. It is important to try and keep a balance on what you eat. Balance is the key to good health.

Stress can cause excessive mood swings. This might happen at work, someone has done something that is upsetting and you might react by becoming depressed and your first reaction might be to express this feeling by breaking down into tears. This is the reaction we have when we are facing a problem we might need some help with in order to resolve the current issues at hand.

If you are feeling depressed and tearful the first action you should take is to drink a lot of water. Lack of water can be a factor in memory loss and becoming excessively emotional. Drink at least 6-7 glasses of water each day.

The second action you should take is to get up and move to another location. Take a bathroom break or take a walk outside for a few minutes if you are at work. It is important to move to different surroundings for a few minutes. This is because our mind associates memories by our location, what we are seeing, and by what we are feeling. The best action we can do is to create a different mindset by moving to a different location so that we can absorb different mental and physical energies.

Daily stress often leaves us unable to communicate our feelings to those around us. Not being able to communicate when you are feeling mad or sad is a sure sign that you are feeling hidden anger. It is easier to walk away from the problems at hand rather than to express our anger. To communicate our feelings means we have to acknowledge that there is a problem we cannot or would rather not solve.

The decisions you make at this junction may be important in regards to lowering your stress level. If you take care of the problem and find a way to solve the problem then you no longer have to think or deal with it. If you cannot find a solution then you need to find ways to lower your stress level because every time you think of an unsolved problem it takes away from the other problems you have to deal with.

It is better to start with problems you can easily solve and come back to the problems you cannot solve right away. If you cannot find a quick solution then take a break, walk away from the problem and come back later. Sometimes it just takes time to solve a problem and other times you might have to put some distance between you and the problem.

It is important to give yourself some rewards for living. Life can be a celebration. We can celebrate life by looking closer at the colors that are in our environment. You can enjoy a rose's scent as well as its colorful beauty. You can enjoy the sound of a seagull as well as your favorite music. Life is short and the best advice for lowering the stress in your life is to live in the present, not in the past or future.

"Yesterday's the past and tomorrow's the future. Today is a gift - which is why they call it a present."