What triggers stress for you? Is it sitting in traffic, having an argument or work deadlines? When we’re stressed, our body releases hormones that produce the “fight or flight response”. Our heart rates go up and we breathe quicker. If we don’t manage stress, it can lead to headaches, depression, anxiety or worse. Here are some effective ways to quickly begin to relax when experiencing stress.
Taking a few deep breaths can help reduce tension and start to relieve stress. It can also help you relax and lower your blood pressure. Close your eye and visualize a calm place you enjoy (for me, it’s the beach!). Concentrate on breathing in, then out for a minute or two. You will instantly start to feel better.
2- Go for a walk
Walking helps clear your head. Doing so in a park or another beautiful setting, boosts the effects. Many people say they do their best thinking while walking. Walking, especially in the fresh air, while stressed can help turn your attention to more positive thoughts.
3- Get away from technology
Too much time on technology, be it your cell phone or laptop, can increase stress and decrease our ability to get a restful night’s sleep. Take breaks from technology during the day and stop if possible, at least an hour before you go to bed.
4- Pucker up!
According to WebMD, kissing relieves stress by helping your brain release endorphins. If your partner is not with you when you’re feeling stressed, give them a call. The sound of our love one’s voice can have a positive, calming effect for most people.
5- Listen to music you enjoy
Playing music that you enjoy can produce the “feel-good” hormone, dopamine which will also help reduce stress. Dancing while listening to music may double the effects. So, dance away, even if people are watching!
6- Eat a banana
Studies have shown that eating a banana when you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed can improve your energy and recovery. Bananas can also protect your body from the negative effects of stress, such as increased risk of stroke and heart attack.
Practice good self-care so to avoid experiencing stress on a regular basis.