6 Simple Ways To Keep Stress At Bay
By now you know that just like health, stress prevention is easier than finding a cure once you are stressed out to the max. Having a daily wellness routine filled with power rituals that keep you recharged is essential if you want to have a happy, energetic & productive week.
These six simple daily practices will help you to boost your immune system, replenish your energy and destress so that you can make the most of your day.
1. Practice Daily Wellness
When life happens, it can be tempting to put yourself last. To skip a meal in order to get more done, or to avoid a workout so that you can watch television after a long day. But prioritising healthy eating, physical activity, and sleep is necessary if you want to avoid making your stress worse because neglecting your needs have been shown to have an escalating effect on stress. Make sure that you make sleep, food and exercise a priority during stressful times.
2. Send Yourself Flowers
It turns out that stress is mitigated by nature. Scientists at Harvard University delivered flowers to one group of women and gave candles to a second group. Within a week, the first group felt less anxious and depressed, perhaps because humans are comforted by vegetation, a means of survival in caveman days. Keep a plant on your desk or send yourself some cut flowers to look at while you work.
3. Bend Over Backwards
Yoga & stretching has long been proven stress busters, but it turns out that not all poses give the same relief. Inverted stances, such as back bends and headstands, may have a greater effect on your mood and anxiety, say researchers. The part of the nervous system that relaxes the body and mind may be stimulated when the spine is bent, explains Chris Streeter, a professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine.
4. Get Some Sun
We all have a natural circadian rhythm and stress can be triggered when our bodies don’t know what time it is. Getting out into the sunlight resets your circadian rhythm so your brain get’s back on a schedule. Take a walk outside without sunglasses for 20 minutes a day, three times a week.
5. Breathe Deep
Practicing deep breathing and meditation when you first start to feel tension rising can alleviate negative feelings and keep them from turning into anxiety or depression. You can practice deep breathing anywhere. Take a deep and slow belly-breath full of air and slowly exhale. Repeat this pattern until you feel more relaxed.
6. Progressive Muscle Relaxation
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. Start with your toes and work your way up your body. Tighten your foot muscles as much as you can, then relax them. Then move on to your calves, and upper legs and make your way up, tightening and relaxing each muscle until you’ve finished with your face.
Have you been breathing deep, practising progressive muscle relaxation, and taking care of yourself own wellbeing and you still have high levels of stress? Talk to your doctor. Your stress could be a sign of another health issue.
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