Some of the tips below may take a little practice before you get used to it, but keep at it, slow down and take a step back. Stress can make things seem more imminent and overwhelming than they could really be. The point is that stress attacks in many ways, which means that if you want to control it, contain it, conquer it, you have to fight back in the same way. That's why we've spent the last few months analyzing studies and questioning experts to find the 100 best tips to combat stress of all time.
Are you frightened by a speech? Smile, look at the audience and be silent for 2 seconds, says T, J. Walker, president of Media Training Worldwide. Researchers at West Virginia University found that 35 participants who underwent “mindfulness meditation” saw a 44 percent reduction in psychological distress within 3 months. Overcome your preconceptions and smell some essential oils.
Lavender aromatherapy can significantly reduce stress levels, according to research published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Other scents such as peppermint can also improve cognition and mental acuity. If it's too late to prevent stress, Hallowell has three simple steps you can take to help relieve stress. Lead what I call a connected life, he says, not connected electronically, but interpersonally, where you have friends you can trust and talk to.
Do physical exercise, a major stress reducer. Those three steps, which anyone can do, will make a big difference. Leisure activities can be a wonderful way to relieve stress. However, many people feel that their lives are too busy to devote themselves to hobbies, games, or additional fun.
Most men are more stressed at home than when they are at work, according to researchers from Pennsylvania State University, who conducted self-tests on 122 men and took saliva samples (to check for the presence of cortisol, the stress hormone) at work and at home.