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Tips to Manage Stressful Situations
It might surprise you to learn that the conception of biological stress is a fairly recent discovery. It wasn’t until the late 1950s that endocrinologist Hans Selye first identified and documented stress. While symptoms of stress existed long before Mr. Selye, his discoveries led to new research that has helped millions combat stress. When you’re feeling anxious or stressed, these quick strategies will help you cope:
Listen to Music
If you’re feeling overwhelmed and stressed out, try taking a break and listening to your favourite jam. Playing calm music has a positive effect on the body and brain, can reduce cortisol, a hormone linked to stress and lower blood pressure.
Call a Friend
Friends can help you feel better. It’s just that simple. They’re one of the best therapy you’ll ever have. Reach out to besties or family and let them know what you’re going through. You’ll feel less alone, and a kind word or two will cheer you up.
There is always something to be thankful for in every minute of every day whether it’s the beautiful spring blossoms, the warm sun, a phone call from a friend or just another day of living. Create a list of everything great in your life, your one problem may not seem so terrible. A healthy practice is to mentally make your gratitude list every night before going to sleep.
Eat Right and Exercise
Often when you’re stressed out, you end up binge eating or making eating the wrong types of food altogether. This actually puts more stress on your body. Try to enjoy your meals slowly and be sure to eat nutritious whole foods to give your body what it needs to be the superhero you are. Also, regular exercise is extremely important in reducing stress because when you have a great workout, your body will release chemicals that actually make you feel better.
Laughter is as much of an emotional release as crying, particularly when we can laugh at ourselves. There’s always humor to be found in any situation as long as you’re willing to look for it. Give yourself permission to laugh, even when things are tough. Watch funny YouTube clips or a movie.
Get More Sleep
A lack of consistent sleep is significant cause of stress. Unfortunately though, stress also interrupts our sleep as thoughts keep whirling through our heads, stopping us from relaxing enough to fall asleep.
Rather than relying on medication, your aim should be to maximise your relaxation before going to sleep. Make sure that your bedroom is a tranquil oasis with no reminders of the things that cause you stress. Avoid caffeine during the evening, as well as excessive alcohol if you know that this leads to disturbed sleep. Stop doing any mentally demanding work several hours before going to bed so that you give your brain time to calm down. Try taking a warm bath or reading a calming, undemanding book for a few minutes to relax your body, tire your eyes and help you forget about the things that worry you. You should also aim to go to bed at roughly the same time each day so that your mind and body get used to a predictable bedtime routine.
Hydrate All Day
If you’re looking for a simple, healthy way to combat stress, start by drinking a glass of water. Yes, it’s really that easy! The link stress reduction and water is very well documented. All of our organs, including our brain and our heart, require water to function properly. Without enough water, we fall prey to dehydration which can lead to stress and many other side affects. It’s a vicious cycle that can be broken simply by drinking more water during the day. Set a few daily alarms to get you started, and after a week, you will be feeling your best!