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Stress is a problem that you will have to deal with throughout your adult life. This is true of absolutely everyone, no matter how much money you have or how perfect your life seems to strangers. Either way, there will be issues that will take a heavy toll on your mind and threaten to reduce your efficiency on a daily basis. This is the worst thing about stress – you can end up spending so much time worrying about your problems that you don’t have the time, energy, and efficiency to really fix them. It is a cycle that ends up being perpetuated.
Well, it’s time for the stress cycle to end. There are no quick fixes to removing stress from your life for good. You will improve one area of your life only to find that another problem is now threatening to drag you down; it’s just the way things are sometimes. What you can do, however, is train your mind for resilience and make changes that improve your ability to come to terms with the existence of stress, deal with that stress, and live a productive life despite it. These are the things you are going to learn from reading this article. Try these techniques to help you cope with stress and live life as effectively as possible.
Use a supplement that supports healthy stress management
Whether you try a bottle of Bluebird Botanicals or a glass of warm milk, there is an endless variety of supplements and home remedies that can potentially help you relax and cope with stress. These are just a few of the supplements that can come in handy if you are struggling to cope with the stress in your life. You will find them in your health food store or in a store that specializes in vitamins and supplements.
- Passion flower is an excerpt from Passionflower incarnate, the same plant that gives us the delicious passion fruit. It has historically been used to combat anxiety and is actually mentioned in some pharmacopoeias.
- Valerian is an herbal supplement made from the root of the valerian flower. People have been using it as a remedy for insomnia and anxiety for at least 2,000 years. It is available in powder capsules and liquid extracts. Many herbal teas sold as sleeping pills contain valerian.
- Catnip is primarily known as an herb that people can give to their feline friends to give them a few moments of intoxicating bliss – but historically humans have used catnip to promote their own health as well. Like valerian, it is a common additive in teas intended to promote restful sleep.
- Lavender is another plant that people have loved throughout recorded history. It is used to add flavor and fragrance to many foods, and it is also one of the most popular ingredients in perfumery. It is also possible for people to grow lavender for as long as they have, as it has therapeutic benefits. Although the claimed benefits of lavender have yet to be confirmed by clinical studies, people often use lavender flowers or essential oil in aromatherapy for its possible calming effects. Lavender is also a popular ingredient in relaxing herbal teas.
Use positive visualization to focus on the ideal outcome
People from all walks of life often speak enthusiastically about positive visualization and how it has helped them achieve the ideal outcome in stressful situations. Retired baseball player Kirk Gibson is one example. After leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to the National League pennant in 1988, Gibson was unable to compete in that year’s World Series against the Oakland Athletics due to leg injuries sustained in the National League Championship Series. .
He could not play, that is to say except for a very important at bat. With a runner on goal and the Dodgers one run late in the ninth inning, manager Tommy Lasorda asked Gibson to nip the hit. The pitcher was Dennis Eckersley, baseball’s top relief pitcher. Gibson couldn’t run, so a hit was extremely unlikely. In this situation, there were only two likely outcomes. Gibson could hit a home run and win the game for the Dodgers, or he could advance to the game final.
Gibson ended up hitting arguably the most famous home run in baseball history, and he attributed her success to a positive visualization. In a difficult situation, he imagined the ideal outcome in his mind until it became completely real. At this point, to achieve the ideal result, it was enough to simply follow the necessary steps to achieve that result.
Practice meditation and deep breathing to keep your mind on track
Humans have been practicing meditation for so long that it is impossible to tell if the technique had a definite beginning. So many people have reported positive results with meditation over the centuries that even traditional health authorities like Mayo Clinic suggest trying it for stress relief.
One of the greatest things about meditation is that there really is no right or wrong way to do it. All you need is a quiet space where you can sit or lie down and a few moments to focus your thoughts. Fairly quickly, you will find yourself in a state of calm and relaxation. At the end of your meditation session, you may find that you can think more clearly and are much more able to cope with stress.
Meditation is incredibly easy to do. It doesn’t require any special skills or training, although you may find that your ability to meditate improves as you do so. To meditate, simply sit or lie down in a place where you are unlikely to be interrupted. Breathe deeply, focusing on a simple thought like a mantra or the rhythm of your breathing. When you detect that your thoughts are starting to wander, come back to your main focus. Some people enjoy guided meditation sessions where a guide provides ideas or visualizations that you can reflect on during the session. You can find plenty of free guided meditation apps on every computer and mobile platform.