Do you feel stressful right now?
Are you constantly worrying about the future?
Have you caught yourself thinking about the negative future potential consequences of the things you currently do?
The truth is that stress is an inevitable part of life.
While it sounds good in theory that we could eliminate stress altogether and be carefree for the rest of your life, that's simply impossible in reality.
Having said that, if you are overstressed for a prolonged period of time, it's going to interfere with your happiness.
Excessive stress robs people of their energy away.
That's why you feel drained whenever experiencing it. It can actually prevent your body from optimally performing its normal functions such as fighting off disease, your immune system is lowered when you are stressed out.
This is why excess stress can lead to diseases. The natural healing mechanism the body uses to fend off the diseases will be diverted to fend off the stress, thus you are more vulnerable to infections.
Too much stress can also interfere with happiness.
Although we can try to make ourselves happier just by actively engaging in positive beneficial activities, a chronic stress can overwhelm your positivity at those tipping points.
To combat these regular stress sources, here are a few tips on how to reduce them:
#1 Exercise And Workout Regularly
When you include exercises, especially cardio ones, in your normal routine, you are stimulating your brain to release the happy chemical called endorphins. It makes you feel good.
When you have a real chemical change in your blood stream, stress will be harder to kick in and bring you down.
Also, when you are doing these high-intensity exercises, you tend to shift your focus into the moment and thus think less about those stressful situations. You're transforming your aggressions into different forms of energy and this can lower your levels of stress significantly.
#2 Take Imperfect Action On The Things You've Been Procrastinating On
When you choose to proactively engage with the tough situations you've been avoiding, you'll become less stressed over time because it's often the imagination of the situation rather than the situation itself that stresses people out.
By "eating the frog" and doing the hardest work early in your workday, you'll free yourself up the anxiety, fear, and over-thinking that pop up throughout the day.
#3 Spend Private Time With Yourself Daily
Solitude grounds you.
When you spend some quiet time (maybe just 20-30 minutes) each day just for yourself instead of entertaining others and the world, you will give yourself a window of opportunity to relax and clear your mind.
It can be as formal as quiet meditation, but it can be as casual as sitting in your room and journaling what you had accomplished, won and learnt in the day.
Stress is going to bombard you no matter what. The key is to accept them and find ways to transform these energies into productive motivations so you continue dominate your mission and keep hustling.
Make progress consistently and happiness will ensue.