Habits to Help Combat Stress

The first point of action to combat stress is knowing you have it. The next is to use the tools provided here to act, release tension, and avoid stressful situations if you can.

Forming habit-loops with neuroplasticity can help you build mindful practices that can lead to better health.

Neuroplasticity is the mind’s ability to change the way you think and act. Habit-loops are formed by connecting one habit you already have with a new practice. For instance, if you get up every morning and have a cup of coffee, you can link drinking a glass of water before your coffee as a habit.

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Introducing new habits to your lifestyle is not difficult when you start with one and keep adding more. For example, it is challenging to be healthier by jumping into a new way of eating overnight but incorporate the idea of thinking like a healthy person, and you have crossed the first hurdle. Then, add the habit of drawing up a shopping list of healthier options and not shopping on an empty stomach. You will soon find it easier to buy more nutritious food.

Another great habit is to add 10 minutes of meditation before starting the day. It will not stop the bad luck that might befall you on a particular day but can alter the way you experience it. For people who find it difficult to meditate, taking five minutes to think about what they are grateful for starts the day on a positive note.