Tips To Relieve Your Stress
Stress can affect they way you physically feel, your overall health, and your mood — and the scary part is, you might not even realize it. When it comes to common ailments, such as headaches, muscle tension, fatigue, stomach problems, and insomnia, it's common for people to blame various illnesses when the actual cause of the problem is too much stress. If you think that you're overly stressed, check out these tips to help you get some relief.
Meditating for a few minutes each day can actually alter your brain's neural pathways, making you more resilient to stress. And the great news is, it's actually pretty easy to meditate.
- Make sure the room you're in is free from distractions — turn off the TV, music, and/or your cell phone.
- Sit with your back straight and your feet on the floor — or sit on the floor with your back straight and your legs crossed.
- Close your eyes.
- Recite a calming phrase repeatedly — either out loud or to yourself. This can be something as simple as repeating a humming sound or telling yourself to "breathe in" and "breathe out" or you can repeat an affirmation, such as "I feel peaceful." The phrase or sound doesn't matter. Focusing on the repetition helps clear your head.
- Repeat the process until you feel completely relaxed.
Use a Body Vibration Machine
Whole body vibration therapy can help relieve your stress, so you may want to consider purchasing a body vibration machine. As the machine vibrates your body, your natural ability to produce endorphins and serotonin increases. This reduces the amount of cortisol — a hormone related to stress — in your body, which in turn, can help to improve your mood, your sleep habits, and the amount of energy you have.
Listen to Music
Listening to slow, meditative music can help relieve your stress, so you should consider downloading some soothing tunes. Whenever you feel rushed or stressed, turn on some relaxing music and practice some deep breathing techniques to destress.
Getting regular exercise is one of the most effective ways to relieve stress. In fact, a study recently conducted found that the people in the study scored approximately 25 percent lower on tests that measure stress and anxiety after walking on a treadmill for 30 minutes. So even if you don't have time to hit the gym on a regular basis, make an effort to take a brisk, 30-minute walk each day to clear your mind.
Learning how to relax and destress is important to your health. So take the time to try different relaxation techniques until you find one that works for you.