10 Long-Term Stress-Relief Strategies for Lasting Health

“Stress is unavoidable, but how you deal with it impacts the quality of your life.” Fuzzy Manning

Resolving your stress is determined by your ability to ask for help, accept responsibility for whatever occurs in your life, control your emotions, speak what you believe to be true for you, and own and accept your inner knowing (your intuition or gut instinct). Your emotions play a huge role in your level of stress and are a leading cause of stress. If you want to lower your stress, learn how to deal with your emotions in the moment. How well you’re able to lower your stress and emotions will define what you’re able to accomplish in your life. Ten ways to lower your stress levels:

Take Action

Your limiting beliefs and actions keep you immobile. Start listening to your inner voice, your intuition or gut instinct, to empower your life and lower your stress levels.

Get a Different Vantage Point

Situations and problems often look more difficult than they actually are. Walk away from a situation, people, or an event to clear your mind. Ask this question, “Is what I’m perceiving actually occurring or is it just my perception?” To lower your stress level requires you to lower your emotions first.

Relax and Enjoy

Life isn’t designed to always go your way. Practice relaxing and changing your focus on only achieving one thing at a time for an effective way to lower stress levels.

Prioritize Your Health and Life

Schedule the priorities in your life on a calendar or daily planner to experience more success and happiness in your life. Scheduling and tracking priorities is a valuable tool to start to see where and when your stressors occur in your daily life.

Quit Worrying

Get the important things done first and have fun doing them. Stress tends to show up when you’re not having fun.

Take Breaks

Scheduling breaks throughout the day is a great shift for your attitude to get away from the “Have To’s” thinking. Taking breaks lowers your stress, boosts your energy, changes your mood, and promotes creativity.

Find Meaning in Life

Find and do something that resonates with your soul to lower your stress. Doing something you love or being with loved ones can enhance your dopamine, serotonin, or endorphins.

Chill Out

Plan a day of having fun, watching a movie, visiting friends, sleep in, or practicing deep breathing are great ways to lower stress levels.

Laughter

Always works to lower stress levels. It’s free, and you can give or receive it. Laughter is a great way to shift your mood and put a smile on your face.

Do Something with a Friend

Start right now to engage in whatever changes your energy by doing something silly and just feels good. Friends have a unique way of lowering stress levels.

“If you have less energy at the end of the day than at the beginning, you’ve got stress.” Fuzzy Manning