It’s no secret that in today’s world, it’s easy to let life get on top of you. It can become difficult to remember to have “you time”. Here are our top 5 ways to reduce stress in everyday life.
It may seem like an obvious choice, but taking time out of your week to exercise not only promotes a healthy body but also a healthy mind. Set aside time to go for a jog, take your dog for a long walk, or even join an exercise class. Exercise produces endorphins and can improve the ability to sleep, which in turn helps reduce stress. With so many options out there, exercise no longer has to be a chore.
If it’s been a while since you’ve exercised and you have health issues or concerns, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise regime. More information can be found on the NHS – Choices webpages.
The possible benefits of meditation are endless. Many people believe that meditation decreases blood pressure and hypertension, lowers cholesterol, promotes restful sleep and ultimately provides relief from stress and anxiety. To get you started, search the web to find a local centre for meditation and you’re on your way to a healthier and more centred mind.
Listen To Music
Music can be a powerful thing, and can stir a whole range of emotions. That’s why listening to music can have a wonderful relaxing effect on our mind and body. Slow, gentle music may help slow the pulse and heart rate, lower blood pressure, and decrease the levels of stress hormones. Whilst listening to upbeat music can help to lift your mood and also decrease stress levels. So, when you’re next feeling stressed, dust off the songs of your childhood, kick off your shoes and let the music take control.
Less Caffeine More Green Tea
It’s well known that whilst drinking a small amount of caffeine can improve alertness and reduce stress, excessive amounts can increase stress levels. Whilst the amino acid in green tea may actually reduce your body’s stress response. Some researchers believe that green tea may act on your nervous system to produce this calming effect.
Ok, this one may sound silly, but our brains are interconnected with our emotions and facial expressions. People tend to hold a lot of the stress in their face. So, letting out a good laugh or even a smile can help relieve some of that tension.
Remember the world is an amazing place, but don’t forget to wind down, enjoy life and to stop and smell the roses.
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