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How To Reduce Stress: 5 Easy Tips

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How To Reduce Stress: 5 Easy Tips

Stress. Who is exempted from it? A lot of demands, a lot of issues in our environment, not to mention social media squabbles and the pressure from work, personal relationships or school---all these contribute to the high levels of stress we feel every day. Since we cannot seem to escape it, the question is: how to reduce stress?


How to Reduce Stress: 5 Easy Tips 


Watch what you eat

You may not know this but what you eat can affect your mood. Studies show that there are certain foods like fruits and vegetables as well as chocolates that can help boost your mood.

The theobromine and phenylethylamine found in chocolates for example stimulates the production of endorphins in your brains. Endorphins are also called happy hormones because they create the feeling of pleasure.

So, if you want to “eat your feelings”, do it in a way that can truly help improve how you are feeling. Instead of eating food that can increase your stress level or make you more sick like food high in cholesterol, choose food that can help improve your mood and reduce stress.

Get moving!

Get moving!

Exercise can also help you deal with stress. Not only does exercising make you fit and healthy---which makes you happier with the way you look---it is also good for your mental health.

Your brains function better when you exercise. That means you have sharper memory, you sleep better at night and you get more energy to get you through the day. These are things you need when you’re under stress.

Getting physically fit also gives you a good sense of well-being because being physically active helps release your endorphins.

If you have high level of endorphins in your body, your stress level is undoubtedly lower.

The two cannot be of the same amount at the same time.

Find a physical activity that suits your personality and lifestyle better. Some people prefer to do yoga, swim, run or take a walk.

Meditate

Meditate

Speaking of yoga, meditation is a great way to kick stress in the butt. When we are exposed to stress, our bodies produce epinephrine causing us to do a “flight or fight” reaction.

Meditation can reverse this. Training your body to do proper meditation like mantra meditation can help make your body achieve a state of relaxation which will then help reduce stress.

While meditating, some people have mantras (a word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation). They can be chanted out loud or whispered. There are different Hindu mantras that are used by people who meditate.

Have you seen the movie Eat, Pray, Love? The character had a soul-searching and one way she found to get in touch with herself again was to meditate.

You can either just sit still or use beads like japa mala beads or prayer beads while chanting.

Sleep

It is difficult for a stressed person to get enough rest because the mind is too busy and active. But sleep is important to get your mind to rest or your body to do a “reboot”. If needed, use essential oils like chamomile or lavender to help calm you down so you can sleep fast.

Some people turn to supplements like melatonin to help them sleep better. Just remember to consult your doctor before taking any medicine to avoid health risks.

Laugh

Laughter still is the best medicine. Laugh your worries away. Don’t run away from it. Just learn to laugh in the face of stressful situations.

Watch a funny show or movie, watch videos of animals doing silly things, hang out with people who exude positive energy and those who can really make you laugh, or read a funny book.

Laughter can help boost your immune system. You need a strong immune system when you are under stress because stress can potentially make you sick.

Stress can give you a severe headache or migraine, can cause an upset stomach and according to WebMD, it is one of the leading causes of heart attack.

When you laugh, your endorphins are released. Remember that endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being so it also reduces stress.

Conclusion

Do not let stress hinder you from enjoying life. Like everything else on earth, it’s only temporary. There is no sense it letting it burden you or keep you from being happy and achieving your goals.

How do you reduce your stress? Share it in the comments!


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