Stress is part of everyday life for everyone, and learning how to manage stress and cope with difficult situations positively affects your health. Here are a few easy and effective things you can incorporate into your routine to help make a difference.
Exercise:As you exercise, your body naturally releases endorphins, which produce positive feelings in the body. Because of this, people who exercise frequently often report lower rates of depression, better moods and better coping mechanisms to stressful situations. People who exercise are also more likely to get better sleep and have better self-esteem. They’re also helping ward off heart problems, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, among other health conditions.
Socialize: Having an emotional support system is imperative to cope with stress. Friends and family provide a shoulder to lean on, helping you open up and talk about your feelings. They also provide laughter and joy. Studies have shown those who laugh more often have reported to feel less stress and anxiety in their lives.
Go outside:Spending time outside in green spaces is good for you. Walking around your neighborhood, hiking, playing at the park, camping and other activities can lower stress levels, decrease your blood pressure and reduce the risk of other health conditions while boosting your mood.
Meditation: Meditation has proven to reduce stress and anxiety and bring a sense of calmness and harmony into your life. By establishing a daily meditation practice, you can increase coping skills, ward of negative thoughts, increase self-awareness and become more patient — all helping to reduce stress. There are many forms of meditation, and while some think it’s intimidating, it’s a practice that you continue to perfect every day.
Yoga:Incorporating exercise, stretching, breathing and meditation, yoga packs a punch for those seeking stress relief. You’ll also get other benefits, too — increased strength and flexibility, better sleep, lower blood pressure and more. There are many yoga types and philosophies, and anyone from beginners to yogi masters can reap the benefits.
Art:Dedicating some time to simple art projects, hobbies and leisure activities can aid in reducing stress. Often times, people refer to adult coloring books because coloring can be a simple stress reliever by yourself or with friends.
Food:Eating a healthy diet full of lean protein, vegetables and good fats is essential for optimal health. And studies have shown dark chocolate, oranges and green tea are a few of the foods that can help reduce stress. A simple trick to incorporate into your diet is to reduce your daily caffeine intake. This will help reduce both long and short-term stress.
Music:Turn up the tunes because listening to or playing soothing music are both good stress relievers. These activities decrease stress hormones, muscle tension and provide mental distractions.
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