You’d be amazed how fast stress can rear its ugly head and get its tenterhooks into you; it’s incredibly important that you do as much as possible to avoid promoting it and allowing it to infiltrate your thought processes. Stress is often a learned mechanism that we teach ourselves to activate when we’re experiencing certain emotions and circumstances, and just as easily as we learn to use stress as a way of dealing with situations, we can also teach ourselves to let go of and diffuse stress when we recognize it.

Here are just some of the activities we perform on a daily basis that can easily lead to a heightened sense of stress and anxiety.

Morning coffee 

Coffee is absolutely awesome at waking you up, but be warned; drinking coffee then constantly rushing around all day long without staying well hydrated is going to lead to major dehydration, headaches, shortness of breath and generally feeling pretty squashed. If you’re going to insist on starting your day with the magic bean, make sure that you drink plenty of water and have a nutritionally balanced diet.

Getting caught up 

There are so, so many people around the world today who are essentially like flies who have been caught in a spider’s web, helpless and unable to move! This is because they get caught up in the various distractions and strains that life has to offer, without once ever stopping to centre them selves. As a result, they lead lives fraught with stress, anxiety and a constant state of being unsettled and even depressed. You’ve got to learn to let go and be in the moment if you want to avoid stress, it’s absolutely vital for living a happier life.

Lack of exercise 

This is one of the main ones. If you aren’t exercising regularly, or at all, then you’re going to find that you’re more prone to all manner of nasty diseases and illnesses, reduced energy levels, and a general feeling of lethargy. You’ll also severely diminish your ability to cope with stress and avoid it all together. It’s incredibly crucial that you perform at least a little exercise on a weekly basis. Not just for the health benefits, but also the benefits to your mental health and the state of wellbeing it affords you. You’ll find in no time that you’re able to deal with situations far more readily.


You need to drink water regularly and stop going all day without a drink! Water is responsible for igniting every chemical reaction in the human body, and without adequate levels of hydration, you wont be able to release serotonin effectively (the “feel good” hormone.) Aim for 2 litres a day, more if you perform regular exercise. You’ll feel much better.

There you have it, these common pit falls are responsible for leading to a heightened state of stress within our lives. Pay close attention to these elements as well as making sure you get plenty of sleep, and your life quality will improve vastly.

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