It might surprise you to learn that biological stress is a fairly recent discovery. Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension. It can come from any event or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or nervous. So, here is a list of ten simple ways you can relieve stress.
1. Listen to Music.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by a stressful situation, try taking a break and listening to relaxing music. Playing calm music has a positive effect on the brain and body, can lower blood pressure, and reduce cortisol, a hormone linked to stress.
2. Talk It Out With a Friend.
When you’re feeling stressed, take a break to call a friend and talk about your problems. Good relationships with friends and loved ones are important to any healthy lifestyle. They’re especially important when you’re under a lot of stress.
3. Talk Yourself Through It.
Sometimes calling a friend is not an option. If this is the case, talking calmly to yourself can be the next best thing. Just tell yourself why you’re stressed out, what you can do about that and most importantly that everything will be okay.
4. Eat Right.
Stress levels and a proper diet are closely related. Try to avoid sugary snacks and plan ahead. Fruits and vegetables are always good, and fish with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce the symptoms of stress.
5. Laugh It Off.
Try some ways to laugh when you’re stressed. Laughter releases endorphins that improve mood and decrease levels of the stress-causing hormones cortisol and adrenaline. Laughing tricks your nervous system into making you happy.
6. Drink Tea.
A large dose of caffeine causes a short-term spike in blood pressure. Instead of coffee or energy drinks, try green tea. It has less caffeine than coffee and contains healthy antioxidants that has a calming effect on the nervous system.
7. Be Mindful.
In case of regular stress feeling, many lifestyle changes can be more effective in the long run. From yoga to meditation, these systems of mindfulness incorporate physical and mental exercises that prevent stress from becoming a problem.
Exercise doesn’t necessarily mean heavy workout at the gym or running a marathon. A short walk around the office or simply standing up to stretch during a break at work can offer immediate relief in a stressful situation.
9. Sleep Better.
Everyone knows stress can cause you to lose sleep. Unfortunately, lack of sleep is also a key cause of stress. This cycle causes the brain and body tired and stressful. Make sure to get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep.
10. Breathe Easy.
Breathe in and out slowly and deeply, concentrating on your lungs as they expand fully in your chest. While shallow breathing causes stress, deep breathing oxygenates your blood, helps center your body, and clears your mind.
“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.”Anonymous.