7 easy ways to release stress

7 easy ways to release stress

by Sally Walters


Everybody always talks about how you should avoid stress and about how bad it is for your health.

What exactly is Stress?

Stress is a bit tricky to define sometimes, but basically, any change that causes physical, emotional, or psychological strain can be called stress. It’s your body’s response to things that require attention or action.

Researchers have found that there are a number of things that happen to our bodies when we’re exposed to prolonged stress.

You’re probably thinking “heart attack”, and while that’s true, it’s not the only thing you should be concerned about. Stress means you could be dealing with depression, insomnia, headaches, a weakened immune system, fertility problems, and much more.

The immune system is what keeps our bodies in check; it helps us fight off bacteria, viruses, and other foreign invaders. Stress is what directly stimulates the immune system and it can have beneficial effects, such as helping to fight off an infection. Over time, though, stress hormones will weaken your immune system and reduce its response to threats. That’s why people under the effects of chronic stress are more susceptible to viral illnesses. Stress will also increase the time your body needs in order to recover.

What can you do about it?

Everyone experiences stress, there’s no way around it, but there are ways to reduce its impact.

1. Exercise! 

Exercise lowers your body’s stress hormones. It also helps release endorphins, chemicals which improve your mood and act as natural painkillers.

2. Less Caffeine!

Caffeine is a stimulant found in coffee, tea, chocolate, and energy drinks and will increase your anxiety in high doses.

If you notice that caffeine tends to make you anxious or gives you a feeling of always being “on edge”,  it might be time to cut back. 

3. Yoga!

Yoga’s main objective is to create a link between your body and mind; it does this by increasing your body and breathing awareness.

Research has found that yoga elevates your mood and may even be as effective as antidepressant medications when it comes to treating depression and anxiety.

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4. Just Breathe!

Quick heartbeat, faster breathing and constricted blood vessels.These are some of the symptoms your body emits when it’s under a lot of stress.

Learning and practicing a few deep breathing exercises can help you calm down.

The goal of these exercises is to focus your mind entirely on your breathing, slowing it down and calming you. Breathing in deeply through your nose will also slow your heart rate.

5. It’s Time for You.

Sometimes, by the end of the day, people feel the weight of everything coming down on them. Maybe it’s been a rough month, week, or day.

Finding some time for yourself and engaging in activities that you know will help you relax is crucial. Try a hot bubble bath, some light reading, or even some TV. Everyone needs time to disconnect, and the key is to remember to do it regularly.

6. Write It Out.

A lot of people out there take to their notebooks when they’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed out. You don’t need to be a world-famous author in order to scribble down a few lines. The simple act of writing down how you’re feeling can help calm you. And if you want to take it a step further, try writing down what triggered you feeling that way.

7. All-inclusive Resort.

You don’t need a first-class ticket and a bunch of suitcases to get away from it all.

Closing your eyes and imagining yourself on a secluded beach, bathing under the warm sun can be just as good.

This all-inclusive vacation for your brain will take you far away from everything that needs your attention and give you the chance to regain your composure.

Plus, it’s free and you don’t have to worry about tickets, cab rides, or hotel rooms!

A few final thoughts…

All in all, stress is something everyone should be on the lookout for.

The most important thing in life is maintaining your body in as good a shape as possible, for as long as possible. Take a few extra minutes to clear your mind.

When you take the time to give your body what it needs, it will repay you back tenfold.

 

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