If you’re one worry wart who faces stress on a daily basis, maybe you should take some time to breathe a little and de-stress. How? In order manage stress, you must first discover how, when, and why you are activating this stress response. The second step is learning how to deal with these causes in order to decrease and ultimately avoid being under stress for long periods of time.
Prolonged stress may lead to fatigue, headaches, and muscle tensions, anxiety or depressive disorders, heart disease and stroke, weight and sleep problems, difficulty with concentration and memory, and gastrointestinal disorders. In short, it affects your overall well-being. So, if you have problems managing your stress, you might want to try these simple tips.
- Music. Listen to classical music. Okay, it doesn’t have to be classical if you really don’t like it but for some reasons, this kind of music helps to calm my mind.
- Food. Consider eating stress-relieving & healthy food like dark leafy greens, asparagus, whole grains, beef, berries, nuts, salmon, chicken breast, and avocados.
- Exercise. Physical exercise has a positive effect on stress and can calm the mind and relax the body. Turn on your iPods and groove to the music or go jogging with friends.
- Pamper. Don’t forget to pamper yourself – whether it be a massage in the spa, a dip in an outdoor hot tub, or a quick mani-pedi.
- Organize. Clutter in your room makes it worse. Start de-cluttering (your computer files included) to clear your mind.
- Sleep. When you can’t think of a solution to a problem, sleep. You’ll find your answers once you wake up fresh and motivated.
- Book. If you’re busy keeping up with a fictional character’s life, I’m sure you’ll temporarily forget yours.
- Movie. Call your best buds for a sleepover and movie marathon. Nothing beats a sleepover with friends.
- Hobby. Do whatever you love doing – painting, skiing, shopping – anything!
- Walk. Yes, walk. Spare five minutes of your time to take a stroll in your backyard to gather your thoughts. Don’t forget to take slow, deep breaths.
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