Millions of people battle stress every day. And stress can wreak havoc on the body and mind, causing illness, anxiety, sleepless nights, weight gain, and all kinds of icky stuff. So, let’s find some ways to subdue it, shall we? Here are some super easy tips you can try today!
1. Tune in to nature sounds
Consider how you feel when you listen to loud music. Unless you’re into that type of head-banging, ear-pounding type of sound, it will frazzle your nerves and make you feel uncomfortable and stressed out.
Instead, find a CD that replicates tranquil sounds of the outdoors. If you listen to calming sounds of waves crashing, rain hitting the pavement or birds singing in a forest, your stress level will begin to diminish, pushing you into a more relaxed state of mind.
2. Eat Right
According to a survey done by the American Psychological Association (APA), one in four Americans will turn to comfort foods to alleviate stress. Comfort eaters, in fact, report much higher levels of stress.
To keep a well-balanced diet, try incorporating complex carbohydrates such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains, which will make you feel good and keep you slim; versus that natural instinct to grab a chocolate bar, which will not only go to your hips, but leave you feeling sluggish.
3. Get some zzzzz….
Studies show the average adult may need anywhere from seven to nine hours of sleep, according to the National Sleep Foundation. But, if you’re stressed, you run the risk of insomnia. The best way to diffuse that is to establish a proper sleeping regimen. Allow yourself 20 minutes to unwind before hitting the pillows into dreamland. Also, set a time for when you want to sleep and when you want to wake up and make sure that time frame allows enough hours of sleep. And, make sure you keep your bedroom a quiet sanctuary. Your bedroom should be for sleeping, not watching TV.
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4. Laugh it up
Go ahead, tell us a joke. Laughter not only boosts the activity of your immune system, but also works as the body’s natural stress-release mechanism. Laughter also appears to reduce the amount of hormones – such as adrenaline and cortisol – that are produced when your body is in stress mode. So, take that 30-minute break to chuckle with your favorite comedy show. It’ll do you good.
5. Soak it in
The day is winding down. You just finished putting the kids to bed. And, you have a an hour or two before bedtime. So, why not take a hot bath to relieve all the built up stress of the day? Visualizing all the day’s stress washing down the drain with all the soapy bubbles of your favorite bath or shower gel can ease your tension.
Although this may sound like a feminine idea, men can do this too. Just replace those floral scents with a masculine one. The idea is to soak up the steamy hot vapors as the hot water unravels the knots in your neck and shoulders. A hot bath can soothe you any time, day or night. So, suds up and enjoy your soft skin and relaxing atmosphere.
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