Stress in small doses can be good. It gives us energy and keeps us focused and aware of everything that is happening in our lives. Stress allowed to run free is a different story. In addition to causing us to feel frazzled, over time it can lead to numerous health problems, like heart disease, anxiety, obesity and depression.
Here are some simple and natural ways to de-stress and kick it back to neutral.
Listen to your favorite song
Turn on a tune that makes you feel happy and take a tiny little mental vacation. Bonus points for getting up and dancing around to it.
Laughter really can be the best medicine. When you’re feeling overwhelmed take a moment to watch a funny video or smile, the smile might even cause you to start laughing when you realize you’re just sitting there smiling for no reason.
In addition to health benefits, dark chocolate has been linked to reducing stress levels.
When we’re stressed, working out can seem like the last thing anyone wants to do. But, hitting the gym or your favorite work out class will instantly help reduce stress and release endorphins. You’ll be feeling better in no time. No one was ever mad about getting a work out in.
Hang out with friends
Sometimes when we feel overwhelmed and stressed one of the first things to go is spending time with family and friends. Next time, instead of bailing on some quality time with loved ones, fit them in. They’ll be a nice distraction, provide support and help you tolerate life’s ups and downs.
Sounds like a no brainer, but when we get stressed and tense we often forget to breath. Next time a wave of stress washes over you, take a few deep and calming breaths to re-center your focus and figure out game plan.
Meditation focuses on mental relief. All you need is 10-30min of your day to sit quietly in a comfortable space and focus on your thoughts and breathing. We all have 10min, even with incredibly busy schedules.