Avoid Stress By Following These Steps Did you know there is a direct link to stress and health? It can be mental health or even physical h ealth. There are many common ailments that can be prevented by living a relatively stress free life and the following article will give you some solid advice on how to start living that life today. Get up and go outside for some fresh air and sunsh ine to help relieve stress. If you are inside an o ffice all day or cooped up inside the house, go ou tside for a few minutes and see the sun and take i n some fresh air. Even a small amount of time outs ide can help improve your mood and will work on he lping you relax. Give yourself an affirmation to say when you feel stressed. By doing this, you calm your negative in ner thoughts and focus on one positive one. For ex ample, repeating "I feel calm" to yourself can cal m jangled nerves enough to look at a situation mor e calmly. Have a few affirmations for different si tuations. Get a massage. Massage has long been known to decr ease feelings of stress. A professional massage ca n relax your body as well as your mind. If you can 't get a professional massage, you can give yourse lf a mini-massage by massaging each palm with the thumb of the opposing hand. The pressure will rela x you. Walk, bike, run or whatever! Just get out there an d do it! A variety of stress hormones and neuroche micals build up in our bodies when we experience c hronic stress. Exercise is one of the most effecti ve ways to reduce these chemicals, one of the most effective ways to prevent significant stress-rela ted damage to our health. Doing the things that you love is going to reduce the amount of stress that you feel in your life. I t may seem as if it is going to cost you a day at work to do the things that you love, but it will b e worth it. You will better be able to focus on yo ur job if you are not as stressed when you go back. Reducing clutter in your life will automatically r educe some amount of stress! Be it your desk, pant ry or closet, anything over cluttering your physic al environment makes it much harder to work and fi nd things and just isn't pleasing to look at it! B y cleaning up clutter you can operate more efficie ntly, enjoy your surroundings more and simply be l ess stressed. A great tip that can help you keep stress down is to turn off the television. Studies have shown tha t watching television actually increases our stres s levels. You don't have to stop watching it compl etely but you should definitely limit how much tel evision you're going to watch everyday. While all stress can not be eliminated from life, remembering these tips during a stressful period o f time can be the key to reducing the mental or ph ysical problems stress can manifest. Use these tip s to help reduce or even see the disappearance of stress related illnesses, conditions and unhealthy behaviors.