Stress happens. Daily struggles, unexpected changes and tough life experiences can all cause stress, and over time that negative strain on your mind and body can build up, and potentially cause detrimental health problems. However, as the saying goes, life is tough, but so are you. There are many positive ways to monitor and manage your stress levels. Curb the negative effects of stress with these five stress-reducing strategies to stay healthy.
The National Institute of Mental Health suggests getting regular movement to cope with stress, even if it’s just walking for 30 minutes every day. Physical activity releases brain chemicals, called neurotransmitters, which triggers happy feelings to lessen stress, ward off anxiety and can even reduce pain. Feeling extra stressed out by a deadline at work? Even stretching with some yoga poses for 10 minutes can relieve muscle tension.
Turn off the phone
We know it can be tough, but turn off your phone even for an hour. Switching from app to app can make it difficult for you to truly relax or fall asleep. A quick phone detox can allow you to enjoy other relaxing hobbies such as reading, doodling in a coloring book for adults or adding some flowers to your garden.
Spend time with your pet
With their friendly faces and lovable demeanor, pets offer a wealth of therapeutic traits that can reduce levels of stress hormones. If you’re dealing with a particularly stressful day, take your dog for a short 10-minute walk. Seeing your pup appreciate the walk and enjoying the little things will help you come back with a refreshed perspective.
Avoid unrealistic and negative expectations
Life has many unexpected twists and turns so you can’t always expect everything to go as planned. But don’t doubt yourself either! Stay positive (because you can do it), go with the flow, be flexible and lean on your family and friends for support.
Do what you like
We know your schedule is busy, but finding time for yourself and relaxing actually reduces stress. A few ‘me time’ ideas include taking up a new hobby, writing a poem, volunteering, taking up an art project, redecorating your home or enjoying a staycation at a nearby hotel.
We know that life can throw many curve balls. However, frequently checking in with yourself, finding healthy ways to take care of yourself and keeping a positive perspective during stressful times can help you stay balanced and resilient.
Edited by Kari - Jenny Craig