poza art roxStress happens. Sometimes it’s unavoidable, at times it’s unbearable. Stress doesn’t only take control of your mind; it can also affect you on a cellular level. In fact, long-term stress can lead to a wide range of illnesses, from headaches to stomach disorders, to anxiety or depression, and can even increase the risk of serious conditions like stroke and heart disease. Since April is Stress-Awareness Month,  the best way to celebrate it would be by creating less stress in our own lives. So here is a list of  positive ways you can respond to the stress in your life and keep your own stress levels in check.

Make up your mind to get and stay healthy
Taking control of your personal health can make a great difference in the amount of stress you feel. The best way to have control of your life is by taking charge of your body. Whether it is through diet, exercise, or simply getting that checkup you’ve been putting off,  let April be the month you put yourself back in control.

Make a change
It can be as simple as clearing off your desk or make plans in taking a well-deserved vacation, the important thing is that you do something different. Even a small change can make a big difference when it comes to stress.

Enjoy a good laugh
They say laughter is the best medicine. When you laugh there’s a contraction of muscles, which increases blood flow and oxygenation. This stimulates the heart and lungs and triggers the release of endorphins that help you to feel more relaxed both physically and emotionally. Watch a funny show, or a film, tell a funny joke. Whatever it takes, give yourself time for laughter each and every day.

Meditate – take time to unwind
A still mind is a stress-free mind, so take a deep breath, quiet your thoughts and let the stress slowly fade away. A hot bath with lavender salts can help set the mood. Every evening reflect on the day that passed by reviewing things that happened through the day that delighted you. Try 10 minutes of meditation for the next 30 days and you will see it does wonders for releasing stress.
Everyone has different ways they like to relax and unwind. Take a walk, read a book, go for a run, have a cup of tea, spend time with a friend or a loved one, do yoga. All are excellent stress relievers.

Be positive
No matter what challenge you may be facing, do your best to think about it positively. Let the positive mindset become your focal point.

Help others
Sometimes the best way to deal with stress is by providing relief to someone else. Putting your focus on others takes the focus off your own challenges which will lead to less stress.

While you can’t avoid stress, you can minimize it by changing how you choose to respond to it. The ultimate reward for your efforts is a healthy, balanced life, with time for work, relationships, relaxation, and fun.