Manage Your Stress with These 6 Techniques

While stress is part of our normal everyday lives, that doesn’t make it fun or even welcomed. Learning to manage life’s stress has a major effect on your long-term health. According to a study published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, harping on your daily stressors can double your risk of chronic health problems.

Combat your stress by using these six techniques courtesy of MSN Living’s article.

1. Sweat it Out: Finding an outlet for physical activity and exercise is one of the best ways to de-stress yourself. If you know a day coming up in your schedule is going to be particularly stressful, try to schedule a workout for that morning. If a day ends up full of unexpected stressors, try to take some time when you get home to go for a walk or head to the gym.

2. Be Solution-Orineted: Rather than focussing on your emotions, focus on trying to solve the problem at hand if it can be solved. List all the steps you have to take to get something accomplished and then cross them off as you finish them. Seeing the progress you are making on smaller, easier tasks will help to make the entire job less overwhelming.

3. Laugh: Those who do the best at not dwelling are those who have some sort of positive outlook on life. Research shows that smiling and laughing increase feel-good endorphins and also causes levels of the stress hormone to plummet.

4. Count Your Blessings: Being grateful can help you to calm down. Research shows that people who focus on feeling grateful at bedtime were less worried and anxious and that their overall sleep quality was better compared to previous nights. Try making a list of five things that you’re grateful for each night.

5. Massage it out: Not only does a massage feel good on your muscles but it can do wonders for anxiety. When the nerves in your skin sense firm pressure, your brain activates your parasympathetic nervous system. The result is that your adrenal glands cut back on the release of stress hormones such as cortisol and vasopressin and your brain boosts production of the feel-good neurotransmitter serotonin.

6. Eat Your Veggies: New research is showing that happiness is highest among people who eat seven servings of fruits and vegetables per day. The more wholesome foods people ate, the more likely they were to report satisfaction and happiness and the less likely they were to report feeling nervous or “low.”

Oh and one last way to de-stress in a flash is …knowing that Friday has finally arrived! Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend!

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