Can you Really Live a Stress Free Life?

The truth is, that some stress in life is actually good for you. It makes you perform well under pressure, or meet tight schedules. But too much stress, of course, can be extremely bad for you. In fact, too much stress over a prolonged period of time can lead to mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.

By controlling stress levels, we can have positive mental health and reduce the risk of some mental illnesses. Reducing stress can also be good for your personal and family relationships. Stress tends to make us feel like we are on a shrt fuse all of the time, which is never good for our partners or relatives.

Although I can't promise that to tell you how to be stress free, I can certainly offer some advice on limiting stress. I hope that you find this article helpful.

Learn how to say 'No'!

Sometimes, very enthusiastic and ambitious people who want to acheve a lot suffer from stress.  That is often because they find it difficult to say 'no', whether in work or their home life. It s not very nice to feel like you are letting people down, but sometimes it is better to say no, and reduce your stress level.

My life got so busy and stressful that I would start off my Monday mornings by deciding what i could cancel in my diary every day that week! I found that as I learned to say no, and limit my work hours, life became less stressful.

Don't see dropping something as a negative, view it as a positive - you are freeing up time in your life. This will mean that you have more time to relax and get things done properly, making you more effective in what you do.

Make Time for Yourself

Making time for yourself is extremely important. If you are stressed, you may feel like you do not have enough time to do things for yourself. But, if you make time for yourself, your stress levels will reduce, making you more alert and effective.  You will achieve more and feel better within yourself.

Everyone has something that they like to do. it may be as simple as going to the gym or walking the dog. Some people enjoy swimming or playing team sports. Or perhaps you have a hobby that you enjoy like baking or jewelry making. Whatever it is you enjoy doing, make sure that you allocate time to this activity. Blank it out in your diary as ME TIME!

Divert your Anger!

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If you feel angry and uptight, try to divert your anger. You may find that exercise helps you to get your anger out and calm down. If stress levels are high in the office, try a stress ball, or one of these squeezable cupcakes!

Essential Oils can Help you to be Stress Free

Some people find that their stress levels rapidly increase in certain situations such as exams or work appraisals. It can be helpful to use essential oils. I used to find exams quite stressful, so I would take 15 minutes beforehand to breathe in some soothing and relaxing lavender oil.

Essential oil massages can be good for relieving stress and tension in the back and shoulders - remember that stress can have physical as well as mental symptoms. Orange and pepper oils are good for stress and depression. You can book in a massage and ask your masseuse to combine the essential oils that work best for you. If you can fit in a a massage once a week, or even once a month, you will find that it is great for reducing stress.

Animals are Good for Stress

If you own a pet, such as a cat or a dog, you could have a lower stress level than if you were not a pet owner. Stroking and cuddling an animal is calming and relaxing. Also, having a responsibility that encourages you to do other things away from your work or chores can help to take your mind off things.

I find that my Jack Russell milo can calm me down if I feel stressed or anxious. In fact, he can sense it! When I go on walks with him along the river, it gives me reflection time, so I can think about things and digest them.

If you don't have a pet, but you think that having contact with animals could help with your stress, there are other options. You could visit a friend who has a pet. You could consider visiting or volunteering with your local dog rescue centre. 

It has been proven that animals reduce stress levels in humans. There are even programs now that take dogs into prisons and hospital wards to calm inmates and patients.

If Life is too Stressful, Make a Change!

Sometimes, we get to the point in life when it just really does get too much. Feeling out of control can add to your stress. But remember that you are in control of your life. That means that if you don't like something, change it. If something in your life causes you too much stress, get rid of it!

That could mean making a big life changing decision such as quitting your career, or ending a relationship. But you need to weigh up what is for the best in the long run.

Is it worth continuing your career as a teacher or a lawyer if you hate every day and will work yourself into an early grave? Maybe not. There are plenty of other jobs and ways to earn money. It's just about having the confidence to get out of the 'rat race'. I made that move and feel much better for it now, so if you would like to contact me for advice, please get in touch.