Life can be tough. There are days when stress levels can be very overwhelming. It’s alarming how some people do not put their health and overall well being as a top priority. Neglecting this could be detrimental in the long run. In recent years, many Americans suffer from hypertension, heart problems, depression and other mental illnesses, and the number isn’t decreasing any time soon. Much of this is caused by a fast paced lifestyle matched with unhealthy eating habits. The great news is you can manage it and ease the symptoms of stress by doing activities that will allow your body and mind to relax. Here’s the list of seven ways to de-stress after a long day:
1. Listen to Music
“While classical music has a particularly soothing effect, it also slows heart rate, lowers blood pressure and even decreases levels of stress hormones. Any music that you love will flood your brain with feel good neurochemicals like dopamine.
And while music can soothe everyday anxiety (crank it up on the drive home!), research shows that it’s particularly beneficial for those in the midst of stressful events, like surgery.”
via: Women’s Health
“Meditation can be a great way to relax, especially if you are under a lot of stress. Research has shown that meditation can be helpful in lowering heart rate and blood pressure, and even improving cognitive performance. And meditation is pretty simple to do: just find a comfortable place, close your eyes, relax your muscles, and focus on one thing, whether it’s your breathing, an object (a flower, or a painting) or even a picture in your mind, perhaps you are sitting on a beach in the Caribbean. You can do this for as little as 10 minutes to experience benefits.”
“Moving your body is important to combat stressful reactions, and prevent them from arising in the future. When you keep your body in peak condition, you feel lighter and more energized, leaving you prepared to manage life’s stresses.
No matter what your fitness level may be, the central key is simply to move your body every day. Identifying the type or types of exercise that you most enjoy and those best suited to your mind and body type, or dosha, will be key to developing a regular exercise routine.
4. Pucker Up
“A kiss (or two) a day can keep the stress away. You’ll feel less isolated, which is a common source of anxiety. According to Laura Berman, a professor of obstetrics-gynecology and psychiatry at Northwestern University, women in particular respond to locking lips by releasing endorphins. She recommends at least one ten-second kiss a day, deep and emotional, but not necessarily sexually arousing. “Just enjoy the physical connection,” she says.”
5. Eat Well
via: Good Housekeeping
“Instead of wolfing down your lunch while standing in the kitchen or sitting at your desk, take 10 minutes to eat mindfully. Smell your food before you begin and chew each bite several times, savoring the taste. Allowing your senses to rise to the surface gives your mind a much needed break. And what better to focus on than delicious, sustaining food?”
6. Make a Change
via: Everyday Health
“Sometimes the best way to obtain stress relief is to remove your source of tension. For example, if you are in a job working at a certain pace in an environment that is objectively painful because of your boss, co-workers, and so on, and you’re doing it because you can earn 10 percent more money than doing something else, you could calculate that you might be better off doing something else,” says Dr. Goodstein.”
7. Plan Ahead of Time.
via: Reader’s Digest
“When work is challenging, devote some of your down time, like weekends and evenings, to making a to-do list for the next week. Make a list, place boxes next to each item, and tick off the boxes as you get things done. You’ll avoid forgetting anything, you’ll stay focused on the job, and it’s very satisfying to tick off those boxes.
The key to staying healthy and happy is balance. While having your time of solace and relaxation, use your favourite essential oils that have soothing properties like Lavender or Chamomile in your BellaSentials Aromatherapy Oil Diffuser. Remember to always make time for yourself and your overall well being should come first.