Everyone has experienced stress at one point or another. Today, the life of individuals has become more busy and they often get stressed due to their hectic routine. Stress can have negative effects on your health and productivity. Furthermore, it also affects the cardiovascular, central nervous, immune and neuroendocrine systems. If you fail to treat chronic stress, then you may probably suffer from anxiety, high blood pressure, weak immune system, insomnia and muscle pain. You may also develop severe illnesses such as obesity, heart disease and depression. Therefore, it is necessary to manage stress to remain healthy. Let’s have a look at some useful ways to decrease stress.
Listen to the Music
One of the best ways to reduce stress is ‘listening calm music’. Studies have revealed that calm music positively affect your body and brain, and reduces cortisol hormones associated with stress. Relaxing music also helps in lowering blood pressure.
Exercise doesn’t essentially mean heavy lifting at the gymnasium or a vigorous workout at home. Even a short walk, dance, run or swim can help you get out of a stressful situation. Whenever you feel stressed at work, simply take a 5-10 minutes break and perform any exercise that will help relieve your stress. Exercise improves blood circulation that ultimately releases endorphin hormones, which improve your mood instantly.
Laugh and Smile
Our brain is interrelated with our facial expressions and emotions. Often times, whatever you are feeling internally is reflected externally. So, smiling or laughing, even when you don’t feel like it, can ease some tension.
Mindful prayer and meditation can help the body and mind to calm down and concentrate. Mindfulness can assist individuals in seeing new perspectives and developing self-compassion.
Drink Green Tea
Excess consumption of caffeine can raise your blood pressure. Therefore, you should avoid drinking coffee. Prefer drinking green tea as it has little quantity of caffeine and includes theanine amino acid and healthy antioxidants that have soothing effects on your nervous system.
Stress can be linked to your diet. Whenever we are stressed, we forget about eating healthy food and rely on fatty, sugary foods. Instead of having sugary snacks, prefer eating vegetables and fruits. Fishes enriched with omega-3 fatty acids are great for decreasing the symptoms of stress.
Close your Eyes
Imagine yourself enjoying the natural beauty of a beach, park or hilly area. This imagination will provide you a calm feeling and you will forget about your stress.
Talk with your Friend
Whenever you feel stressed, simply pick up your phone and call your close friend. In order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, it is important to have good relationships with your colleagues, relatives and friends. Make sure to talk with somebody whom you can trust.
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