It’s normal to experience stress. However, dealing with constant emotional tension and strain can take a toll on our mental and physical well-being. But while it may be impossible to eliminate its existence entirely, there are ways to combat our stressors and keep the impact to a minimum. Here are some simple tips that should help you stay relaxed and cope with your stress effectively.

1. Take a break from work once in a while

For many of us, a lot of our stressors come from our jobs. Whether it’s the pressure of meeting deadlines or working late hours, it’s not uncommon to deal with a lot of work-related stress. And one of the best ways to overcome it is by creating distance from yourself and your work whenever possible. Take a break once in a while and do activities that you enjoy, like watching a movie, listening to music, or rolling a joint using a joint roller. As simple as this might sound, you’ll be surprised at how much more relaxed you’ll be by taking some time away from work if or when the opportunity presents itself.  

2. Adopt a regular exercise regimen

There’s a good reason why many medical professionals often recommend exercise. For starters, it helps strengthen our bodies and keep us in shape. But more importantly, physical activity can help keep our nervous system balanced and increase our blood circulation. And, in turn, help flush our stress hormones out. And you don’t need to have a strenuous workout routine either. Even half-an-hour of walking can make a difference.  

3. Have a well-balanced and nutritional diet

What we eat affects our mood more than many realize. As such, it makes sense to have a well-balanced and nutritious diet. Adding sizable portions of vegetables and fruits to every meal and avoiding sugar and processed food might not seem like much. However, doing so will not only keep your body healthy and give you more energy. But it will help alleviate your stress too.  

4. Make sure you get enough sleep

Our bodies need sleep as much as it does food and exercise. And if you’re not getting your eight hours of rest, there’s a good chance that you won’t be able to tolerate stress. In fact, it may just worsen it. So always make sure that you get enough sleep. If you’re unable to do so, try to read a book, take a warm bath, or practice meditation. Doing so will help you relax and make it easier for you to fall asleep.  

5. Take deep breaths

If you’re looking to de-stress quickly, try to take deep breaths. After all, breathing deeply can help distract us from negative thoughts or sensations and disengage from stressful situations, making our bodies feel the way that it does when it’s in a relaxed state.  

We all experience stress. However, that doesn’t mean that we should let it overwhelm us. And by following the simple tips that are mentioned above, you’ll be able to keep its negative effects to a minimum and stay much more relaxed in the process.