Relax, you deserve it.

We tend to feel stressed out from our job, friends and even family. However, we must be able to deal with both short and long-term stress. Stress over a long period of time affects our health in negative ways and can cause issues if not dealt with.

Remember, it’s normal to feel some stress! If you are procrastinating in life or trying to avoid dealing with problems – stress WILL build up, so address your problems as soon as they come up to get ahead of future pain. Here are some suggestions for alleviating the stress you may be facing right now. You don’t have to use all the techniques listed below but try to incorporate a few to ease tension in your life.

1. Breathe deep – Taking deep breaths is proven to lower your cortisol levels, which helps to reduce stress and anxiety. Studies suggest deep breathing can also cause a temporary drop in blood pressure. If nothing else deep calming breaths will oxygenate your blood and energize your body.

2. Laugh – Laughing can be an instant stress reliever. Watch a stand up comedy routine on YouTube or go read a few jokes on Google. Louis C.K. will surely to put a smile on your face. Smiling and laughing will break up your day and draw more people to you and your positive energy.

3. Exercise – Get out for a run at a local park – even if you haven’t jogged in 15 years – even if it’s a 10-minute run – just do it. Your brain WILL release endorphins after your workouts and you will better.

4. Listen to Music – Listen to a fast passed energetic song and your body will instantly want to move around. It is hard to feel stressed out while you’re dancing. Seriously, move around – motion creates emotion – try progressive trance or any music with a strong beat to help bring you into a peak emotional state.

My recommendations:

1. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
2. Good Feeling – Flo Rida
3. Enough is Enough – Avicii
4. Eurodancer – Dj Mangoo
5. Guilt or Innocence – Nero

5. Talk it out – Discuss your problems with people you trust. Individuals close to you, who really care about you, will help you solve your problems. They have a vested interest in your wellbeing so whether it be your spouse or a close friend let them know what you’re going through. People care about you even if you don’t care about yourself. Getting another’s perspective will be helpful. You can analyze their approach to an issue you’re dealing with giving you a different perspective. Ask yourself what advice would I give someone in my situation right now?

Pro Tip: Even though your life may suck right now, you can still make other people happy by being really nice to them – which will actually start to positively affect your own mood. 

Good luck and understand that you might not be able to rid yourself of all the stress and anxiety today, but with time and pressure all things are possible. So remember, even though it sounds cliché, everything will be okay – have faith!