Feeling the effects of stress lately? Well in our modern, fast paced world, it’s not unusual to find yourself feeling drained mentally and physically from the sheer amount of things to do. Stress doesn’t just affect you mentally; it can also cause various physical ailments as well.
Some of the documented effects of stress include depression, anxiety, insomnia, muscle cramps, high blood pressure, heart disease and many more.
Stress and its physical effects are some of the leading causes for employees taking days off days from work all over the world. This often leads to a drop in productivity and more other complications. Since stress isn’t easily eliminated from your life, the best alternative is to learn to manage it well.
Here are some proven ways for you to manage the stresses in your life and minimize its effects:
All forms of exercise have been shown to dramatically reduce stress and its effects. An effective exercise routine doesn’t have to start off very rigorous, and a 20 minute stroll daily is sufficient to minimize stress. Additionally, other exercises like Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, Martial Arts, and Ballroom Dancing are also good for managing stress. Regular exercise can help tense muscles relax and releases hormones to help your body rest and relax.
Take a Holiday
Even a short trip out of town will benefit both the body and mind. Your holidays don’t have to be grand affairs, as long as you go somewhere where it’s quiet and you can experience or learn something new. It’s important to leave your work behind and try as much as possible not to be in contact with the cause of your stress and just focus on having a good time.
Schedule Some Alone Time Daily
It’s really important to set aside at least an hour or two a day where you can do the things you love, and pamper yourself. These precious moments can be used to pursue your hobby, or any relaxing activity like listening to music, reading a favourite book, watching cute cat videos on YouTube or taking a good long soak in your bathtub. It’s important not to focus too much on being productive during this ‘alone time’ as it’s meant to be a period to mentally recharge.
Mindfulness is a type of self guided meditation where you focus on the present and not dwell on the negative moments of the past. Mindfulness has been shown to scientifically reduce stress through breathing exercises. One way to practice mindfulness is to count your breath steadily, one to five, in and out several times and this helps to slow down your heartbeat and promote relaxation.
A hug is a very powerful act, as it reinforces your self-esteem and reassures you. Giving and receiving hugs on a daily basis enforces social support to any individual, as shown by a study the Carnegie Mellon University that found that people who hugged more often have less stress induced infections.
Eat Potassium Rich Foods
Potassium helps regulate your blood pressure, which often rises when you get stressed. Eat foods like bananas, yogurt, potatoes, sweet potatoes, broccoli, cantaloupe, lentils and milk when you’re feeling stressed out as increase Potassium will help protect your body from the effects of prolonged high blood pressure, like headaches, heart disease and so on.
Although stress may seem like a small issue, it can actually lead to more serious health problems if left untreated. It’s always a good idea to begin managing stress early on, in order to live a fulfilling and wholesome life.
Gentle reminder: The information on this article is not meant to replace a qualified healthcare professional and should not be considered as professional advise. Please seek appropriate medical help when necessary.