Stress Reduction… I guess this is coming in good time for the weekend.
Everybody seems stressed out these days… From children who spend hours heaping jargons upon jargons of various subjects into the system, to the hassles and hurdles of making ends meet by grown adults to the societal pressure that gets to you even without your knowing it.
If the course of your day is garnished with so much tension, low energy, stomach troubles, headaches and poor concentration, then you need to watch it. You are obviously stressed out, which is not good for your health.
According to Mayo Clinic, stress that’s left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes… And we definitely do not want that.
Here are few tips that can help you with stress reduction:
1. Shut Up & Shut Down
Yes, get some quiet and put away all electronic devices.
2. Take A Deep Breathe
Breathe deeply… And take your time while at it.
According to Psychologist Judith Tutin:
“Deep breathing counters the effects of stress by slowing the heart rate and lowering blood pressure.”
When was the last time you had a meditation(Get a religion if you don’t have one). Meditations help you maintain a positive attitude.
Robbie Maller, Psychologist, said:
“Research suggests that daily meditation may alter the brain’s neural pathways, making you more resilient to stress.”
Let’s not confuse meditation as an extension to think and obsess on lofty matters. Instead focus your attention on reciting out loud or silently, a positive mantra/prayer.
4. Slow Down & Live In The Moment
Thanks to stress, your taste buds seems to be dysfunctional even with the tastiest of delicacies. It is time to relax and enjoy even the most infinitesimal of things at each given moment. Don’t let ambitious thoughts for tomorrow rob you of the treasures of the moment. One step at a time…
Make rest as much as a priority as your daily activities. Get some sleep when you have to. That will make you relaxed and less tense.
6. Talk To A loved One And Have Some Laughter
Escape into the bliss of a priceless get together with friends and family. You could have some food and wine together. A good time with loved ones is really worth the try.
“A good belly laugh doesn’t just lighten the load mentally. It lowers cortisol, your body’s stress hormone, and boosts brain chemicals called endorphins, which help your mood.”
7. Move It!
Did you know that exercise is the antidote for low energy? Yes when that overwhelming feeling gets to you and you seem drowned in what you cannot explain, exercise can help you up.
It could be a walk, a run or aerobics (stretching). Medical experts say that “all forms of exercises … can ease depression and anxiety by helping the brain release feel-good chemicals and by giving your body a chance to practice dealing with stress.” -WedMD
8. Music & Comics
Perhaps this is one of the times that the devices can be part of our stress reduction plan. Music and comics are absolutely soothing to the depressed. The rhythmic sound of nature, for instance, the ocean waves can help you in stress reduction.
“Lighten up by tuning in to your favorite sitcom or video, reading the comics, or chatting with someone who makes you smile.”
“Research shows that listening to soothing music can lower blood pressure, heart rate, and anxiety.”
9. Eat and Invest In A Balanced meal
10. Keep Away From Caffeine & Alcohol
NOTE: A take away advice to fight stress is to forgive, love life and develop the attitude of gratitude. Consciously avoid things that tense you up because it’s usually not worth it.