Stress… we all have it, we all manage stress in different ways. But are you managing your stress the right way?
People who don’t manage stress well can suffer from a series of different problems such as: headaches, stomach pain, sleeping problems, illness, and depression.
Researchers have found that stress is linked to six of the leading causes in death involving the more severe cases. These risks are: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide.
Some stress can be good because it keeps us alert and motivated; it gives us drive to get over tough obstacles. But stress at a high level or continuing over a prolonged period of time can lead to much more serious conditions.
Here are 10 easy ways to reduce your stress:
- Laugh: Putting on your favorite comedy or simply laughing with friends reduces stress.
- Make Music and Sing: This is a big way to release stress—don’t be afraid to let go and express yourself!
- Eat Healthy: Try eating walnuts; they are known to reduce stress by lowering your blood pressure.
- Clean the Clutter: De-cluttering your house—especially your bedroom—is a great way to clear your mind of stress.
- Vent: If you’re stressed about something, find a friend you can talk to; you’ll be glad you did!
- Mow the Lawn: Studies have shown that the smell of fresh cut grass blocks the release of stress hormones in the brain. (Note: This may be counterproductive if you have allergies!)
- Drink Orange Juice: Vitamin C helps lower stress hormones while boosting your immune system to help prevent illness.
- Take a Walk: Even a light exercise helps your body to release endorphins that make you feel good.
- Chew Some Gum: While freshening your breath, chewing gum reduces stress and anxiety. It’s even known to boost mental performance.
- Take a Deep Breath: Deep breathing sends oxygen quicker through the bloodstream, helping to calm your body.
Another tip to reduce your stress is to be aware of your environment, the smells and sounds you encounter. Try creating a more relaxing environment by lowering or turning off any loud, distracting noises and put on some soothing music. Natural sounds like rain or the ocean can help empty your mind. Also try using either a lavender or rosemary aroma. These two scents are known to reduce stress and are commonly used in wellness practices such as yoga.