Stress and anxiety are two of the most common mental health issues we all suffer from. They give us overwhelming emotions that sap our energy, makes us less productive, and makes us feel down. And even though we cannot completely do away from feeling stressed and anxious, luckily, there are several things we can do to kick off these unwanted emotions right NOW.
Breathing can make miracles when you are experiencing negative emotions, such as anger. Taking a long, deep breath to calm your mind and body has been scientifically proven to work, and in fact, is the key component of some of the most powerful mind-body exercises like meditation and yoga. Slow, deep breathing is a way to distract the mind from engaging in negative thoughts and emotions. At the same time, the inhalation of fresh air decreases the amount of cortisol – negative hormone – released in the body in response to stress. This very simple practice of mindful breathing is one ultimate way to train your body to becoming a relaxation machine.
Laughter’s the best medicine. When you laugh, magical things happen inside your body, one of which is the release of the ‘feel good’ chemicals in your body that promote positive feelings, and reduce stress-inducing cortisol. As soon as you begin to feel that unwanted sensation of stress or anxiety, pause for a while, browse through some joke sites, watch a 2-minute funny video clip, or read a feel-good book. Taking time to laugh every day is a great way to lessen mental fatigue and reduce stress.
Friends benefit your health in so many ways. Make it a habit to bond with your close friends on a regular basis. And when we say ‘bond’ it means spending quality time with them up close, not through Facebook or any social media. Having a cup of tea and a friend can really help to relieve high levels of stress, and recharge your batteries. What’s more, it gives you a perfect outlet to vent your emotions or anything that bothers you.
Walking is one of the best methods available when it comes to alleviating stress. Walking gives your body an outlet for the build-up of energy that triggers stress, and since it is a form of exercise, walking keeps you fit and healthy as a result.
Guided relaxation or meditation tracks can be a perfect tool to help you to relax. Simply download, switch off your phone and let the words wash over you
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