Many can attest to the fact that life is not always easy to live. It has it’s up’s and its downs. Some things turn out beautifully well, while other things just never seem to work out. What makes it all bearable in the end is the relationships garnered, and the love and laughter that is shared. Without love, the world has nothing.
Life as a child is seemingly carefree for the most part. You don’t have to worry about money or a job, or putting the next meal on the table. As a child, your one sole purpose is to be cared for and to live your life allowing yourself to naturally grow into the human you’re destined to be. As you get older, this obviously changes and the stresses of life can easily overwhelm everything.
As you get older, it becomes increasingly more obvious that you need a healthy way to deal with the stresses of life so that you can not only operate, but so that you can flourish. If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by stress in your life, try eliminating it by doing these things:
It’s the advice you’re told time and time again, but it’s invaluable advice. Stress is stored in the body in a lot of different ways. Every muscle, joint, and tendon feels it differently. When you experience different emotions, your body reacts by tensing up, especially if it’s a negative emotion.
Exercise is a natural catharsis for dealing not only with emotions, but for excreting all of the junk out of your system that messes with the natural cycles of the body. If you’re feeling stressed out, a quick 30 minute workout could do wonders for all of the involuntary chemical impulses coursing through your body.
In a similar vein, if you’re looking to eliminate stress, you need to laugh more. Yes, that’s a random thing to ask of somebody, especially if life is difficult and laughter isn’t exactly a natural impulse during this season of your life. Regardless, be intentional about placing yourself in fun situations that will evoke laughter. Hang out with friends, go to a comedy club or a farcical musical, make weird faces in the mirror, or practice your evil laugh.
Laughing relaxes the body and increases the circulation in your body which will give you more energy. It also releases endorphins which make you happy. The benefits of laughter extend past stress relief, so give it a go and you’ll notice a difference.
Button Up Your Budget
Odd as it may sound, people who tend to spend less in life are often happier than people who spend a lot. Money is actually one of the biggest factors that causes stress! If you really think about it, money is the motivation for everything. You live it, breathe it, eat it, smoke it, excrete it, and meditate on it. It makes the world go round. The negative thing about this is that the world is so materially driven, it’s easy to forget that money can’t make you happy.
If you’re stressed, evaluate your life and see if money is the root cause. If it is, ask yourself why you think you need so much of it to get by. Is the large house and the new car really necessary? Do some serious prioritizing in the financial aspect of your life. Cut out the unnecessary, plan for your future, and watch the stress melt away.
Find An Outlet
You might not consider yourself a spiritual person, but the reality of the matter is that you are a spiritual being. You were made to feel in mass proportions and you were made to not have to carry the load of the world by yourself. If you don’t have a spiritual outlet into which to pour your frustrations, your joys, your lamentations, and your passions, where are you funneling it?
If you want to really eliminate stress in your life, connect with your spiritual side and find your peace with the creator of the universe. Get connected with people with the same outlook and watch that outlet become the greatest thing in your life, not only for relieving stress, but also for just finding your purpose in loving and being loved.