5 Practical Strategies For Dramatically REDUCING STRESS

Discover five easy, practical strategies you can use right now to reduce stress so it doesn’t dampen your enthusiasm and dull your drive

80% of americans suffer from chronic low grade stress

According to the American Psychological Association, over 80 percent of Americans suffer from chronic low-grade stress.

Stress has been referred to as the ‘silent killer’ because it can cause heart disease, high blood pressure, chest pains, depression and anxiety.

The hormones pumped into the body when we’re stressed are designed for short term emergencies - when they linger long term they shrink, impair and kill brain cells.

Scientific study has pointed to correlations between stress and the top six causes of death in America - cancer, lung problems, heart disease, liver cirrhosis, accidents and suicide. Stress is also responsible for 30 percent of fertility problems.

Chronic stress is incredibly unhealthy, so we’ve put together the five most effective strategies for reducing stress to share with you. They come from Paul Blackburn, world leader in the personal growth and mindset field, and stem from decades worth of coaching, instructing and courses on reaching your true potential.

Implement these five practical strategies and you’ll be calm, relaxed and in control before you know it. Get ready to enjoy life sans stress!

 

1. BREATHE

When you’re stressed, adrenaline gets pumped throughout the body, your heart rate increases and you begin to breathe fast and shallow. According to Harvard Medical School, a few deep belly breaths is all you need to reset the system.

As little as a few minutes of long, slow, deep breaths can energise the body, improve brain function and lighten the load it felt like you were carrying before you began breathing.

"The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another."

Willam James

 

2. MEDITATE

The (many) benefits of meditation have been scientifically proven over and over again. From improved brain function and a better mood to better physical health and everything in between, meditation is the king of personal effectiveness tools.

Find a version of meditation that works for you and get it into your daily routine.

You can download a free meditation here.

 

3. GET OUTSIDE

There’s something about getting outside and in nature that gets you connected (with yourself, the earth and life) in a way that is difficult to replicate with other activities. With that connection in place, stress tends to melt away like ice in the sun.

If you’ve got the room, start a garden. If not, you could find a local plot you can use or try gardening in pots. Alternatively, try bushwalking or stargazing, go to the beach or make a campfire in the backyard.

 

4. MAINTAIN PERSPECTIVE

If you get a flat tyre, is your whole day totally ruined, or did you just have an unpleasant hour?

Many people, when stressed, tend to catastrophize minor events. Instead, take a deep breath and reframe the situation and your self-talk surrounding it.

Try looking at the situation from a different viewpoint. What’s the bigger picture? What could you learn? Will this thing that feels stressful now matter in a few years?

Scientific study has pointed to correlations between stress and the top six causes of death in America - cancer, lung problems, heart disease, liver cirrhosis, accidents and suicide. Stress is also responsible for 30 percent of fertility problems.

 

5. CREATE

Creativity is an excellent way to tap into the part of your brain that doesn’t ‘wind up’ with stress. It forces a step away from the pressures of the daily grind and brings you into the moment.

Try whatever works for you - painting, drawing, writing, designing houses, singing, DIY, playing music or dancing. If it’s something creative you can get lost in, it’s perfect.

 

COULD REDUCING STRESS BE ANY EASIER?

 

"I’ve been using these tips a lot since I found your article. I’m so much more relaxed and my focus is back.”

Review: I’m so much more relaxed and my focus is back
Charlie
Melbourne, Australia

 

“I’ve been getting wound up by life’s challenges for years and every time something would go wrong I’d be a total mess. QO helped me stop stressing out and regain perspective and now when something goes wrong I know I can handle it no matter what."

Review: Now when something goes wrong I know I can handle it no matter what
Michelle
San Diego, USA

 

“I had no idea it would be so simple to reduce my stress. I use the strategies from Quantum Orange all the time and now I feel relaxed and in control."

Review: Now I feel relaxed and in control
Oliver
Sunshine Coast, Australia

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"Just last week I was struggling with a challenge that created serious anxiety. I used the strategies in Success Lab to work through it and things actually turned out better than I expected. Thanks Paul!"

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Newcastle, Australia

 

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