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Stress. Who doesn’t have stress in their lives?
We stress about the traffic on the way to work, we stress about work, school, money, relationships and so much more.
A little stress here and there isn’t a bad thing. It can help us learn how to deal with situations and learn how to cope with the things that life throws at us.
Without stress we wouldn’t know what calm is right? So don’t just assume all stress is bad.
Chronic stress however can have negative effects on our bodies and minds.
- Rapid breathing
- Risk of heart attack
- Pounding heart
- Fertility problems
- Erectile dysfunction
- Low sex drive
- Missed periods
- Weakened immune system
- High blood sugar
- High blood pressure
- Tense muscles
Now how do we avoid stress?
Like I said before, not all stress is bad. It can actually help us out in some situations. But too much stress is not good for anyone at any time.
We should be integrating regular stress-reducing activities into our daily routines. Just ten minutes a day of these stress-reducing things can really help us cope with any long-term stress and help to prevent future stress.
Here are just a few stress-reducing activities that you can include in your daily routines to help regulate and prevent stress from taking over your life.
- Journal- Take ten minutes a day to pull out a journal, or write on your phone or computer to just write. I prefer actually handwriting because it forces me to slow down a little bit and really think about what I am writing. Write about anything that is stressing you out or worrying you. Write about things you are grateful for too; this can help you to keep a positive attitude.
- Meditate- Another ten minutes is all it takes to meditate. Just sit quietly in a room where you are alone. You can lay down too, whatever is most comfortable for you. Just take some time to really zone out. You can start by doing a quick body scan and then reflect on your day. Then end with just pure silence and try to not clear your mind. This can really help you relax and rewind at the end of the day. I also recommend journaling after meditation to reflect on how your session went and any thoughts that you noticed coming up. If you are looking for a good app for meditation and relaxing I highly recommend Relax Melodies. I use it all the time and it’s amazing.
- Do something creative- Take some time to create something. Even if it’s just coloring in a coloring book. Being able to zone out and focus on the creative process will give you a moment to relax and stop so you can attempt to slow the racing stressful thoughts. Try to clear your mind again and not think about what is stressing you out. Instead, think about what colors you want to use to color in the book. Focus on staying in the lines and just watch the marker flow.
- Go for a walk- This is such a classic way to relax. Going outside and just walking can have so many benefits. The exercise alone is a sure-fire way to de-stress the body and having the added fresh air and sounds of nature will help to calm the mind and help you relax. You don’t have to walk far. Just get moving and soak in nature.
- Take a bath or long shower- For me, this is my favorite way to de-stress. Fill up the bath with nice hot water, Epsom salts, and bubbles. Grab a book, put on some soothing sounds, or just relax in the silence. Not only does this give your body a nice little spa moment to relax the muscles and feel better, but it also gives the mind a nice break to zone out and just breath.
These are just five ways to de-stress. I recommend you sit down and make a list of ways you enjoy relaxing and keep it on hand for a quick reference when you feel you need to take a moment for yourself.
Now go take a moment or two. Relax, clear your mind, and try to reduce that stress that we all deal with on a daily basis.