Stress is never a good thing. Having high stress levels can be emotionally draining and can also lead to heart disease. In fact, research shows that those who are stressed have a higher risk of heart attacks and other heart problems. Dealing with stress is not easy and most people do not know how to manage it. There is no magic wand to make the stress disappear, but day-to-day habits can help lower your stress.
Check out these 4 ways on how to control stress.
Being physically active gives your mental health an extra boost. You don’t have to go out and run a marathon to de-stress, but a simple walk or bike ride around the neighborhood will have you feeling a little better. You can choose to exercise on your own or with a work out partner. Because let’s face it, working out is always better with someone there to motivate and give you that extra boost.
2. Cultivate Friendships
When feeling stressed, don’t sit in your room all by yourself. Instead, surround yourself with your friends. Spending time with friends can really boost your overall mood. Sometimes you just need another person’s positivity to bring yourself up. Sign up for a group activity or volunteer at a place near you like an animal shelter or food bank.
3. Meditation and Yoga
Meditation can help lower stress and even help reduce high blood pressure. In fact, it may even be able to help to reduce prescriptions of blood pressure medication one might be taking. You can head to a local gym and take part in their yoga classes or purchase a DVD that has an instructor to help you. Or, hit up YouTube… free is for me!
4. Eat well
Most people don’t believe that the foods you eat can affect your mood. But, they don’t call it comfort food for no reason. Try and stay away from refined carbohydrates and sugar when you are stressed. This is because it affects your metabolic system, which ultimately influences your mood. Try eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fish.
These day-to-day habits might not work as well as they do for others. The key is to find what works best for you. Your mental health is very important and there is no shame in reaching out for professional for help, if needed. In fact, I highly recommend seeking a professionals help for any severe anxiety related stress disorders.
What are your favorite stress relievers?