5 Things You Can do Right Now to Combat Stress:
Wake up, Sunshine!
You’ve got 18 new snapchats, 12 text messages, 23 work emails, and you haven’t even gotten out of bed yet! Fast-paced does not even begin to describe the world we live in today. Multi-tasking is no longer a skill set but a necessity, with stress at an all time high.
Everyone manages stress differently, but if left untreated, it could trigger a multitude of physical, mental and emotional ailments, such as migraines, muscle tension, anxiety, and depression, to name a few. Long term stress may also result in high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
There are 5 simple things you can do right now to combat stress:
- PINPOINT THE CAUSE- Find out exactly what it is that is stressing you out so you can resolve it. Is it your mother in law? Perhaps it’s a project at work? Are you spread too thin, taking on too many responsibilities at once? Once you pinpoint the cause of your stress, you will be better able to manage it.
- EXERCISE- Physically active people are happier people, and there is a science behind it. During exercise, your body releases mood boosting chemicals called endorphins. Marathon runners will often achieve a feeling of “utopia” due to the high levels of endorphins released throughout their body during a long run. Exercise not only melts away stress, but it also helps protect against heart disease, high blood pressure, and maintaining a healthy weight. Start with 15 minutes sessions, three days a week and you’ll start to notice a difference in no time.
- SOCIAL MEDIA TIMEOUT- Spending too much time on social media while ignoring the tasks on your “to do” list? Or maybe you find yourself ignoring the people around you during “family time” to respond to a rant on a political post? Turn it off, and step away. Find a way to manage the balance, such as allocating 30 minutes a day consecutively rather than checking it a million times throughout the day. Can’t handle the temptation of setting specific social media time? Then delete the app from your phone. Take a time out. You will be better for it.
- RELAX- If you don’t have time to run in for a massage on your lunch break, or a long weekend getaway to a tropical island, then try some Relaxation Techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation, yoga, or tai chi. You Tube has some great how to videos that you can access without costing you a penny. Mindfulness techniques may also help those who suffer from anxiety.
- JUST SMILE- Research by Psychologists at the University of Kansas suggests that smiling can boost your feeling of well being, reduce stress, and is good for your heart, even if you are faking it! Studies have shown that smiling after a stressful moment can help reduce your heart rate. And while you’re at it, you might as well laugh.