November 1st is National Stress Awareness Day
Most adults deal with stress everyday. From their hectic work schedules to their personal responsibilities, life can weigh you down at times with no relief in sight.
Stress can cause short term problems such as migraines, stomachaches, and irritability as well as long term problems of anxiety, depression, and heart disease.
Although it is impossible to completely eliminate stress, there are steps you can take to reduce it. Here is a list of ways you can relieve stress everyday for a better mood:
Exercise is one of the most universal and recommended ways to deal with stress. When you exercise, your brain produced neurotransmitters called endorphins that reduce your perception of pain and minimize discomfort. These chemicals trigger a positive feeling in your body, like a euphoric state, and can instantly improve your mood.
Regular exercise also can increase concentration and enhance cognitive functions, which can be depleted due to stress, as well as improves sleep quality and self-esteem.
Just setting aside a few moments a day to sit and meditate by yourself can do wonders for your stress. Mindful meditation is simple- all you need to do is find a quiet place to close your eyes, sit up straight, and focus your attention your breathing in deeply through your nose and out slowly. This will slow your heart rate. Imagine your stress floating out of your body with each breath. You will become more aware of your body and thoughts, and should feel like your mind is clear after.
3. Listen to Music.
Music has an incredible effect on the mind and body. It can help us connect with our emotions and realize the reasons why we feel a certain way. Music can also absorb our attention which can distract from the unwanted stress in our head and help us relax.
4. Healthy Eating.
When we are stressed, many of us try to find comfort in eating unhealthy foods such as ice cream or pizza, when these in fact can make us actually feel lazy and tired. The real solution to dealing with stress is eating a healthy, balanced diet of proteins and carbs that is filled with plenty of vegetables and fruit. This will strengthen your immune system as well as add stress-busting antioxidants.
If you are feeling stressed, it is recommended to avoid high doses of caffeine and sugar. By cutting back on these, you can avoid sleeping problems, sugar crashes that will leave you tired, and feelings of anxiety.
Yoga has become increasingly popular recently among people of all ages. It is used to develop a connection between your body and mind in order to make you feel at peace. Through yoga, you discover how to listen to your body and also release emotional pressure that has built up. The poses have a calming effect on your whole body, which can be as effective as a massage or hug at reducing stress.
If you want to feel instantly happier, laughter is the medicine. Besides improving your mood, laughter is also known to boost your immune system, relax your body, burn calories, and protect your heart.
So get together with some friends, watch a funny movie, read a comic, or tell a joke!