12 Feb 5 Stress Buster Tips
In today’s distraction-filled world, it can be tough to make, and keep, a regular schedule. Thanks to technology, the lines between work and home life have become blurred, interrupting our natural ‘rhythm’ that can be a valuable tool in the battle against chronic stress.
If you feel like you’ve lost your rhythm, there’s hope! Simply follow these 5 easy, stress-busting tips to reduce the negative effects that excessive, relentless stress can have on your health and wellness:
Take Deep, Long Breaths
The next time you’re facing a stressful situation, pay attention to your breathing. Shallow breathing is a natural part of our fight-or-flight response to stress, however, taking small, quick breaths can perpetuate health problems and that anxious feeling that often accompanies stressful times.
Focus on controlling your breathing by taking long, slow breaths in through your nose, exhaling through your mouth. This simple stress-busting exercise has been proven to reduce muscle tension, lower blood pressure and decrease anxiety, making it the perfect drug-free way to improve your health and wellness!
Stretch It Out
Whether you work at a desk, spend long days on a production line or have a grueling commute, tense muscles can escalate symptoms of stress. If you have muscle tension in your neck, shoulders and upper back, take a few quick ‘stretching breaks’ throughout the day to increase stress-reducing blood flow and recharge your tired, achy muscles.
One-Minute Hand Massages
Have you ever wondered why stress causes physical pain? It’s because mental stress can cause blood vessels to constrict, a circulation-restricting condition known as vasoconstriction, resulting in pain and inflammation in your arteries and muscles.
To counteract the uncomfortable effects of vasoconstriction, give yourself a mini-massage by gently rubbing your fingers, wrist and palm with a rhythmic, circular motion. Begin by massaging your wrists, moving up to the fingertips, then working your way back down to the wrists again.
Create a Stress-Free Zone
Make your own personal no-stress space by adding relaxing, stress-busting elements like aromatherapy, peaceful music, or blissful images to your desk, locker or workplace. Whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a ‘wellness break’ to recharge your batteries and counteract the negative effects of stress.
Drink More Water
When stress interrupts our routines, it’s easy to forget the basics like eating and drinking, leading to a host of stress-related health problems.
Whenever you’re feeling a little on-edge, why not reach for a glass of water? Studies have shown that even mild dehydration can lead to elevated levels of the stress-enhancing hormone cortisol, however, bringing those cortisol levels back in check can be as easy as taking a drink of cool, calorie-free water!
By following these easy stress-busting tips, you can regain control in your life, restore your natural rhythms and keep your stress levels in check!