How do you known when you’re feeling stressed? For some, a headache or a pit feeling in the stomach is enough to let them know they’re getting anxious or overwhelmed. However, just as quickly as you can get stressed, you have the power to de-stress.
When we’re stressed, hormones like cortisol flood our systems, producing the “fight or flight response” in which our heart rate goes up, we breathe more heavily (requiring more oxygen) and our blood vessels constrict.
In modern times, our bodies have a hard time telling the difference between stressors because we have a different lifestyle. Our ancestors had to fight off attacks from animals and the wild and the body knew how to use the chemicals to escape from danger.
Now a ticked off spouse, boss or teacher can set us off and trigger “fight or flight” feelings. But we can’t just run away from from people in the middle of a conversation.
So now, instead of this chemical reaction helping us to escape (a lion or dangerous situation), we have to find ways to deal with these situations and chemical reactions in our body. This can contribute to chronic conditions like hypertension and headaches, as well as mental health concerns like depression and anxiety disorders if we don’t take care of ourselves.
Furthermore, stress can promote other conditions like asthma, irritable bowel syndrome and insomnia
So now that we’ve covered the stress response, let’s talk about the de-stress response which promotes normal breathing and decreased blood pressure.
Do we really need to explain how yoga can help you relieve stress? The fact of the matter is, yoga not only helps with lowering stress, it also keeps you in great shape.
Of course, making sure you do it daily can be very helpful. We found that the yogadownload can be an incredible resource for helping you stay consistent. And by remaining consistent, you will lose weight also.
Being overweight lends itself to feeling more stressed out. So dive right in and check out yoga!
A snack can be like a reward. If you give yourself rewards, you’ll feel better about being you. It’s a fact.
If your belly feels better, you’ll feel better and less stressed. So don’t be afraid to snack and de-stress. Now don’t use it as an excuse to snack often because being overweight is stressful!
Pick a snack that will fill you up — say, half an avocado, a hard-boiled egg or a handful of snap peas — because hunger can cause or add to stress.
Tend To A Plant (Or Go Buy One)
Houseplants are great for the air in your home. Researchers have found that having plants around can help relaxation responses.
Turn That Computer Off
Think about it for a second, does it make sense for you to stare at a computer screen. No. So shut off the computer and take a break from the screen.
Especially during late nights. Late night use of the computer has been shown to be associated with stress in men and women.
A few tips for your computer use is to take frequent breaks while using the computer. Also you definitely want to disconnect about 1 hour before bedtime.
Transitioning from computer to bed right away can exacerbate insomnia or general difficulty falling asleep. So shut it down 1 hour before bedtime!
When you kiss someone, your brain releases endorphines. When you release endorphins it automatically does good things to your brain. So find someone and start kissing!
And it’s not just about kissing when you have sex. It’s about kissing when you’re not going to have that sexy time. Just kissing consistently throughout the day helps to keep the stress away.
Turn On Some Music
All music that you love can flood your brain with good feelings and if you’re feeling good, you’re de-stressing. So turn up the good tunes and take it in because that’s the ticket to lowering your stress.
If you don’t have music handy, just try and hum your own favorite songs. Any kind of feel-good music can get you out of a funk and help you start to relax.
Treat Yourself! Eat One (ONE!) Candy
Eating or drinking something sweet is soothing because it promotes the production of the stress hormone, glucocorticoid. A Hershey’s Kiss, peppermint candy or other reasonably-sized treat, can help.
Start with your toes and work your way up: tighten your foot muscles as much as you can, then relax them. Make your way up, tightening and relaxing each muscle until you’ve finished with your face. It may seem silly, but this practice can help reduce anxiety and stress and is often recommended to patients who suffer from depression and anxiety disorders.
Chewing gum doesn’t just make your breath better — it can relieve anxiety, improve alertness and reduce stress during episodes of multitasking.
Watch A Funny Video
Laughing can help you relax. Laughter helps us focus on something different and it’s an oxygen-rich activity. As you laugh, you take in more of that good stuff.
Laughing also stimulates your heart, lungs and other muscles. When they say, “turn that frown upside down”, that means, you’re changing your negative or stressful feelings into healthy ones.
Call Your BFF
Your closest friend can be a comfort zone that helps you maintain your own sanity in a time of heightened stress. A familiar voice of reason and someone to just talk to about your day can be a great release.
Seriously, Turn Off Your Phone
Like turning off your computer screen, you’re going to want to disconnect from your phone. Disconnecting from everyone on your phone is a great way to reset yourself.
Try Eagle Pose
Yoga is synonymous with stress relief. Everyone knows this. Yoga can help with many symptoms of stress.
Eagle pose is a primary post of yoga and can help you structure your entire break from stress. Learn how to do the pose here.
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