Stress can start to creep up on you no matter who you are or what you do. It can happen to the best of us and presents itself in a variety of ways. For some people, the stress is so much that they can’t seem to carry on with their day to day tasks. While other people are so accustomed to the high stress of their lifestyle that they’ve become used to carrying on with it despite the discomfort.

It is important to remember that stress is unnecessary in life and we don’t have to live this way. Sure there will be certain stressful moments throughout the day because that is the nature of life, but living in a constant state of distress is draining emotionally, and ultimately bad for your health. Try to lower your stress by engaging in the following activities.

Delve Into Creativity

When you start to feel yourself caving in as if the weight of the world is on your shoulders, this is a great time to express your feelings creatively. Try painting a portrait, or composing a song on the piano. You could even turn the music up to maximum volume and dance around your living room.

Whatever it is that makes you feel like you releasing emotion and letting out tension, do it and let yourself go. Rather than bottling up your feelings take charge of your stress and let it out.Get your creative juices flowing and be expressive!

Get Physical Activity

Studies show that people who get up and get moving have much less stress. If you feel yourself starting to feel tightness in the shoulders and chest, and other physical symptoms of anxiety, try putting on some running shoes and go for a jog.

When your heart rate is elevated you will start to feel that your tension lessons and your mind will be focused on your physical activity rather than dwelling on problems.

Meditate

Some people think that meditation means prayer or is some kind of magic trick attempting to become “one with the universe.” It goes much deeper than that, however. Ultimately the point of meditation is to slow down your mind and focus on your breath rather than the chatter of your inner voice.

When you shut down the constant chatter within and simply exist for extended periods of time, the results are feeling much more balanced and calm.

Get More Sleep

It is important to get at least 8 hours of sleep a night. If you get any less you will find that you are much more susceptible to stress or getting emotional quickly.

Try to make sure that you are regularly rested and you will find you are much more equipped to handle stressful situations.