Lots of adults struggle with stress. A British study found that over 70% of adults felt overwhelmed by stress or unable to cope at some point in 2018, and it is likely that this statistic will be even higher in 2020 due to the current pandemic.
So if you’re feeling stressed out, remember that you’re not alone – and remember that there are things you can do to help reduce your stress levels.
Here are six science-backed tips to help you feel more relaxed.
1. How To Reduce Stress Levels: Take Control
It can be tempting to hide from the thing that is causing you stress, but this way of thinking can actually make you more stressed. Passive thoughts will tell you “there is nothing I can do about this situation”, but in reality this is far from the case; you CAN change the situation.
So try to take control of the thing that is causing you stress, and look for solutions to the problem. For instance, if you don’t have enough time you could try outsourcing work to a virtual assistant.
2. Light A Scented Candle
One easy way to quickly reduce stress levels is by lighting a scented candle. Research has found that certain scents such as lavender, rose, neroli, geranium and sandalwood can reduce anxiety and stress. This practice is called aromatherapy, and it can also improve your sleeping pattern.
3. Push Yourself
Some people really struggle to challenge themselves when they feel stressed, but in reality pushing yourself will help to build confidence and increase resilience. Whether you want to learn a new language or pick up yoga, learning a new skill will make you feel more prepared to deal with challenges, so you are more likely to eventually defeat the thing that is stressing you out.
4. Avoid Unhealthy Coping Mechanisms
Try not to reply on smoking, alcohol or sugary snacks as a coping mechanism. Doing this is called avoidance behaviour, and it doesn’t solve the problem; in fact, it can make the problem worse, especially if you become less healthy as a consequence of your coping mechanisms. Sure, any adult can enjoy a glass of wine after a long week – but make sure you are having the drink for fun, rather than to reduce stress!
5. Consider Using Health Supplements
Various studies have found that health supplements can help to reduce stress levels. Lemon balm is particularly well-known for reducing anxiety and stress, but you could also use green tea, ashwaganda, valerian and kava kava supplements to reduce stress levels.
6. Consume Less Caffeine
Finally you may want to consider consuming less caffeine. A good cup of coffee can make you feel ready for the day, but research has also found that too much caffeine can cause anxiety and nervousness. So if you have a stressful day ahead, consider going for the green tea instead – or just have one cup of coffee in the morning, instead of multiple cups throughout the day.
Do you want to discover other ways to clear your head? Check out these handy tips to reduce mental clutter.