I believe every one of us has to deal with stress in our everyday lives.
But the question is, how well do we cope with it? Our school, work, family, responsibilities, people’s expectations are one of the many things that we have to deal with.
These stressors can all pile up if we don’t do something to counter it. Chronic stress can result in serious health conditions including anxiety, insomnia, muscle pain, high blood pressure, and a weakened immune system.
Research shows that stress can contribute to the development of major illnesses, such as heart disease, depression, and obesity. That is why it is so important that we initiate in simple steps to help reduce the stress in our lives.
Here are the 5 effective ways to help you deal with stress:
1. Get enough of sleep
It is no lie that stress is one of the greatest contributors to disrupting our sleep every night. As countless thoughts starts circling in our minds and keeping us awake. Not getting enough sleep every night is also one of the causes of stress. Try not to rely on sleeping medication to help you sleep, instead try to clear your mind by writing down your thoughts, changing up your room ambiance to ensure that you sleep soundly through the night
2. Listening to music
I’m pretty sure a lot of us out there constantly listen to music as one of the most quickest ways that can help us destress ourselves. Playing some calming music can even help with reducing blood pressure and cortisol, which is a hormone that is linked to stress. Try listening to classical music. A little Mozart and Bach would not hurt. If classical music isn’t your thing, try listening to nature and the ocean sounds.
3. Talking to someone you trust
When you’re feeling overwhelmed and stress, take some time off and either text or call a close friend of yours that you trust to vent out all your troubles and worries. Just that one reassuring voice can aid in putting everything into perspective again. To all those friends of ours who are always there to listen to our problems, KUDOS to you! You’re amazing!
Exercising doesn’t always mean having to head to the gym or playing a sport. The simplest of exercise such as taking a short walk around your office after working long hours, or even just standing up and stretching yourself out can aid in relieving your stress there and then. By getting your blood to flow better, your body releases endorphins which helps in improving your mood too!
This fact might seem really hilarious, (no pun intended) but laughing is proven to help release stress. When you laugh, your body releases endorphins that help improve your mood and decrease your stress levels. I suggest watching some comedy Netflix tv series or movies or even some funny youtube videos and you’ll be Laughing Out Loud (LOL) in no time!
Let us know how you personally release your own stress in the comments below!
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