Everyone will experience negative events at some point in their lives. Perhaps you will endure a break-up of a long-term relationship, contract and illness, discover a close friend has been spreading lies about you. Understandably, such events usually cause people to feel anxious, upset and down. Sometimes we can feel stressed over the menial things.

However, there is an effective solution that does not require lengthy sessions with a therapist or hours talking about the issues with the things around you. In todays article, we will explore 4 scientifically proven ways to reduce stress that you can start using today.

1.Think About The Positive Aspects Of What Is Bothering You

Studies show that when it comes to anger management, putting on the boxing gloves or punching a pillow are far more likely to increase, not decrease, feelings of aggression. Instead, it is possible to significantly reduce such feelings by focusing on the benefits that have risen from the seemingly negative events underlying your anger.  Spend a few moments thinking about the positive aspects of the event you found hurtful. For example, did the event help you to…

  • Grow stronger or become aware of personal strengths that you didn’t realize you had?
  • Appreciate aspects of your life more than before?
  • Become more skilled at communicating your feelings, more confident or encourage you to end a bad relationship?

Write down how you have benefited from the experience, and how your life is better as a result of what happened. Be honest with yourself and don’t withhold anything.

2. Help Yourself By Praying For Others

When you sense danger, your body gears up for action as you prepare to either run away or stand your ground. Unfortunately, the stress of modern-day life can results in this system being triggered constantly. Research has been conducted that praying for others might be good for one’s health. With a study on over 1,000 people about the nature of their praying, finances and health, it was discovered that the praying of others reduced the financial stresses and strains of the person doing the praying and improved their well-being. Interestingly, praying for material things, such as a new car or better house, offered no such protection.

3. Spend Time With Animals

There are many ways in which a pet can make you feel better. A study has even shown that those who suffered from heart attacks, people with pets were almost 9 times more likely to be alive twelve months later. This study encouraged scientists to find out more on the benefits of having a pet. Research showed that owning a dog helps to relieve the stresses and strains of everyday life, in part because it promotes social contact. In an innovative study, it was found that merely looking at an animal at a video had the same calming and restorative effects created by being in it’s company. Interestingly, watching a well know TV program had the same effects on stress as looking at a blank screen on a television.

4. Get More Active Or At Least Think About It

Of course, we humans are designed to move and not sit on chairs all day. Exercise has shown to be an essential part of good body function, and helping to lower stress. We all know exercise is good for us, but it’s also one of the best stress combatants easily accessed to us. However, most people say they are to busy and stressed to fit it into their routines.

However, studies have also shown that people who turned their attention to health and exercise had experienced a loss in weight, a decrease in blood pressure and less stress. It is believed that those who became more health aware had unconsciously made the effort to move more and make better food choices.