Don’t Sweat It! De-stress With These 6 Tips
There are stressors all around us. The stress of personal relationships, work, being a student, mortgage payments, it can all be so overwhelming! If you are stressed out, it may be affecting your health without you even realizing it. Stress can affect your body, thoughts, feelings and behavior. So what to do? Don’t stress out. Take a deep breath—most stress is very manageable.
Here are 6 tips to help you de-stress and put your mind at ease –
Be Positive. Where your mind goes, your body follows. Try focusing on the positive of every situation. In looking on the positive side of everything, you will find that you stress less and are happier overall.
Exercise. Staying active will help to reduce stress, improve mood and increase energy levels. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins which interact with receptors in the brain to cause euphoric feelings. So go for a run, do some yoga, dance or punch a bag at the gym—it will help to manage your stress and improve your mood.
Massage. Massage therapy treatments effectively help to reduce stress, improve your mood, create a sense of relaxation and control pain. If you are stressed, your muscles tighten and can cause long-term effects on your body. Massage, and physical therapy, will help to loosen those muscles and calm your mind and body to relieve you of stress.
Music. Music’s effect on the body and mind is extremely powerful. Music has been shown to stimulate brainwaves which can change your mood and even behavioral responses depending on the type of music you listen to. Music with a slower tempo will produce a sense of calmness and a meditative state—your muscles will relax, you become more alert and your breathing steady. So the next time you feel stressed, listen to one of your favorite songs to help you relax.
Laugh. Laughter really is the best medicine! A great stress reliever is laughter. Find the time to laugh with friends or family, watch your favorite comedy or check out a comedian in town. Having a good laugh will release a lot of built up tension and help you feel better right away.
Meditation. Meditation will help you learn to focus on the present moment and help you become aware of what triggers your stress, putting you in control. Meditating allows your mind and body to relax and gives you the chance to recharge and rebalance.
Some common effects of stress include:
- Muscle tension or pain
- Chest pain
- Upset stomach
- Trouble sleeping
- Lack of motivation or focus
- Irritability or anger
- Sadness or depression
- Over or under-eating, weight gain
- Social withdrawal