5 Simple Ways to Beat Stress Once and for All
Stress. It’s a small word with a lot of negative connotations, and for good reason. Anyone who has ever been hit with a serious bout of acute stress understands the detrimental effect it can have on your entire life. When you are stressed, your body reacts by being put into a higher state of alert. You are literally responding to a life or death situation and for the most part, you’re running on adrenaline and cortisol.
While this may be useful in the very short term to respond to an acute developing stressful situation, the long-term effects of stress on your body and your health are not good, and studies have shown that long term stress can be a huge contributor to future illness, both physical and mental.
Stressed Out Minds and Stressed Out Bodies
Everyone has a level of stress in their life, and you’re never going to avoid a sudden stressful situation, but organizing your life to minimize stress as much as possible will put you in a better position to deal with a highly stressed one-off situation when it happens.
Here are five ways you can prepare your life and body to deal with stress efficiently and put yourself in a better mindset to deal with one-off events.
Make Sure You’re Getting Your Vitamins In
It’s not always about going to the gym and making your body buff and ready to respond. Sometimes, dealing with stress can be as simple as making sure you are dosed up with the right amount of vitamins for you and for your life stage.
A lack of vitamin B12, for example, will leave you feeling tired and sluggish, it can lead to irritability, anxiety, a depressive mood state, and a lower immune system.
If just the lack of one simple vitamin can cause all of that, just imagine what the lack of a few vitamins could do to your body long-term?
Check out some of the exceptional vitamin gummies on the market for an easier way to get your daily vitamin dosage.
Invest in Soft Lighting
An odd thing to point out, right? The lighting in your house might actually be having a detrimental effect on your stress levels!
Let’s be clear here, it’s not the fault of your lighting setup, but it could be a contributing factor, and this one is easy to fix.
Ditch the super bright lights and opt for something softer. If you like to work under good lighting then go for daylight bulbs, but make sure you have soft lighting for the evening when you’re planning to relax and unwind.
Getting some Wi-Fi lights is a great way to have dimmable lights without the need for DIY, and Himalayan salt lamps have been known to help some people relax and de-stress.
Laughing releases endorphins, which are known as your body’s happy chemicals!
Just spending a bit more time each day laughing and wholehearted belly laughs have been shown to boost your mood and even your immune system, making stress easier to deal with.
Finding it hard to laugh? There are two surefire ways to get in your daily laughing fix: trying out laughter Yoga, or doing a Google Images search for “monkey selfies”.
Go on. You know you want to see some monkey selfies!
Learn Some Breathing Techniques
Breathing can help you de-stress? Surely this is a myth?
Nope, learning to do some breathing exercises can really help you to calm down and de-stress under even the most pressing of situations.
Deep breathing allows more oxygen to enter your bloodstream and it can lower your blood pressure and your heart rate significantly. Breathing deeply forces your body to relax and not stress, which is something you’ll be needing in very difficult situations!
Be Stronger in Your Responses
Think back to the last time you did something you didn’t really want to do because you felt obliged to out of some misplaced sense of loyalty. It was probably not too long ago, right?
Now think back to the last time you said “no” to something you really didn’t want to do and nothing catastrophic happened. Hard to recall?
The problem is, we’re taught to be polite and to always try to accommodate others and, while there’s a solid base of evidence to say being polite will make you more likable, being too amenable will mean you end up being walked all over!
It’s time you stood up for yourself and said ‘no’ a bit more often - it’s time you decided on the restaurant to visit tonight, where you’re going on holiday, or whether or not to buy the family something expensive.
It’s your life - the only way you’re going to make those changes that are healthy is to make YOU and your health a priority.
Look after yourself and you’ll be in a better place mentally to look after everyone else.
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