3 Super Easy Ways to Reduce Stress
Job insecurity, overloaded timetables and unpredictable political, social and economical issues result in most people living in a heightened state of arousal or stressed-out state. Even things that are meant to be enjoyable such as birthday parties, weddings or the Christmas Holidays can cause you to feel overwhelmed and completely frazzled. Prolonged stress is horrible for your body and has many ill side effects. It is important to find ways to reduce stress and there are simple ways you can do so. Take a look at these 3 easy ways to reduce stress, that you can begin right now.
Simple Breathing Techniques to Help Reduce Stress
1. Have Fun
Make some time to have fun! When you purposely set aside time to enjoy life, you are forced to avoid stressors and give yourself the opportunity to spend some time without thinking about, being or feeling stressed. No doubt when you find yourself having fun, you are likely to get a good laugh in.
Laughter has been known to lower stress levels by reducing dopamine, adrenaline and cortisol which are all hormones that increase when you are stressed1. So not only will you be having a good time and a chuckle, you'll be tackling that high stress level.
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Forgot how to have fun or unwind? ... Maybe one of these ideas will help you ...
- go for ice cream
- watch your favourite movie
- go down a slide
- sing in the shower
- jump on a trampoline
- read a children's book
- call an old friend
- run through the sprinkler
- fly a paper airplane
- watch the sunset
- sleep under the stars
2. Be Healthy
Get a good night's rest, eat healthy and exercise. These three healthy choices will help lower your stress level as well. Most stressors are caused by external stimuli so you need to battle oncoming stress by making positive life choices and decisions. For example, don't watch the news right before going to bed or you are sure to be up tossing and turning thinking about all the horrible things going on in the world.
Take time to eat a well balanced meal with your family. Eating should be an enjoyable time and not something you rush through to make it to the next part of your day. Go for a walk and enjoy the fresh air. Taking time for a walk is not only good exercise but a chance to unwind. When you exercise you release endorphins, which make you feel better and are also known to also reduce stress.2
3. Practice Earthing
Touching the earth naturally discharges electrical stress from our bodies by facilitating the reception of free electrons. This process is referred to as earthing or grounding. Earthing shifts our nervous system from a stress dominated state to one of calmness. By reconnecting to the earth, you enable your body to return to its normal electrical state, which makes you better able to self-regulate and self-heal. An excellent way to practice grounding is to wear earthing shoes that are made of non synthetic materials. By connecting to the earth, while you walk around and continue on with daily life, you are helping your body to naturally relieve stress.
Implement these 3 easy steps and you are sure to notice a decrease in your stress level. Remember any life change is a process and it can take time to create new habits so don't get discouraged. Just decide to start with 1 of these simple suggestions and begin your new life journey today.
1 Scott M.S., Elizabeth. "Health Benefits of Laughter: Stress Relief, Immunity, and More." About.com. The Stress Management and Health Benefits of Laughter., 27 May 2014. Web. 21 Aug 2014.
2 Mayo Clinic Staff. "Exercise and stress: Get moving to manage stress." mayoclinic.org. Healthy Lifestyle. Stress Management., 21 Jul 2012. Web. 22 Aug 2014.