Whether it’s the big project at work or just the everyday stress of trying to keep everything running smoothly, we all face stress. Stress isn’t good for us or our health. Try these 5 ways to reduce the stress in your life.
1. Get Moving. But, do it on a regular basis. Set aside time to jog every day – or to walk. Either will be calming. If you have trouble setting aside time to exercise, consider joining an exercise class or a gym. Sometimes, if you pay a fee or know others are counting on you showing up, you are more likely to go. Exercise releases neurotransmitters, endorphins and endocannabinoids – all feel good chemicals. They can not only help reduce stress – they can help with depression and anxiety, too.
2. Sleep! We know that’s harder than it sounds, but if you’re feeling stressed, sleep will help you reduce that stress. Try not to rely on medications. Change your nighttime routine to include dimming lights before bedtime, shutting down all the screens from the mobile phone to the TV, turn on some soft music, pick up an enjoyable book or magazine – calm yourself before you turn back the covers and crawl into bed.
3. Book A Massage. When that massage therapist starts kneading those muscles and the tightness falls away, you’re going to relax. Massage can lower your heart rate and your blood pressure. Plus, it releases those endorphins to make you feel calmer and happier. Ask the therapist to put on some quiet music and let go of everything except how good the massage feels.
4. Eat Right. Forget grabbing that package of potato or corn chips. Some foods can actually help. Got for dark chocolate that’s at least 65% cacao – but don’t overindulge or you’ll be stressing about your weight gain. Dark chocolate is an indulgence that can lower your blood pressure and cholesterol – and that stress hormone. Foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids like avocados, tuna and salmon also will work to reduce stress. There’s another stress reducing food you may never have considered – citrus. The Vitamin C will help reduce the stress hormones.
5. Talk It Out. Call a friend or family member who will listen to you. If it’s a work problem, talk to a trusted colleague. It’s hard to come up with solutions when you feel stressed, but talking a problem through may lead you to a solution. Choose someone who will listen and offer positive advice – you don’t need someone who will tell you want you’re doing wrong or shrug off your problems.
You can help reduce your stress in many ways. It can be as simple as talking to a friend or taking a calming walk. You can break a sweat on a jog or you can call in the pros for help. Ask a gym employee to help you set up a routine that will reduce your stress and keep you fit. Call a massage spa and book a stress-busting massage with a trained massage therapist. Don’t just sit around stressing – get up make the phone call or put on your sneakers and do something to make yourself feel better.