14 Oct 10 Easy Ways to Relieve Stress
With World Heart day coming up, we’re reminded of how important it is to look after our hearts, and living a stress-free life is key to a healthy heart and ultimately longevity.
Yet most of us can probably say we experience some form of stress on a daily basis, so in order to live long and feel great, we’ve got to do whatever we can to ease the tension.
Here’s how to relieve stress in 10 simple steps:
The number one stress relief technique has got to be exercise, and just a little goes a long way! It’s best to get your heart rate up for a bit but you don’t have to overdo it, frequency is key as research shows that regular exercise helps to temper the symptoms of anxiety. Time to lace up those trainers and take a short jog, or perhaps just a brisk walk.
- Consider a Naturally-Derived Supplement
There are a number of natural supplements that can offer stress and anxiety relief. That said, it’s always best to check with your healthcare provider with regards to what’s best for you, as well as whether your chosen supplement will interact with any pre-existing medications you’re taking.
Here are some we highly recommend looking into:
Omega-3 fatty acids: An omega-3 supplement, or a really nice piece of fatty fish like salmon every now and then can assist in reducing the symptoms of anxiety and also stress.
Ashwagandha: Commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine to assist with stress and anxiety, Ashwagandha has been shown to be an effective alternative treatment for stress and anxiety.
CBD: CBD oils, capsules, and products are becoming increasingly popular as they’ve been shown to help you feel calmer, less anxious, and ultimately less stressed.
- Cut The Caffeine
Caffeine can be great for getting you going when you really need it, but when you’re experiencing stress, caffeine could increase feelings of anxiety, so it may be a good idea to put the coffee mug down.. And leave it there, at least for now.
Simply jotting down all the things you’re stressed about can offer you a much needed outlet, but you could also try jotting down all the things you’re grateful for. Practicing gratitude may help you feel less stressed and anxious by shifting your focus from the negatives you were focusing on to the more positive aspects of your life.
- DO Chew Gum
Ignore those old school rules, the ones that brainwashed you into thinking chewing gum was a ‘bad habit’. When you’re stressed out, having a piece of gum handy may actually help take the edge off, and the studies back it up, so chew away to your heart’s content.
- Spend Quality Time with Loved Ones
There’s an old adage that goes “When times are tough, friends are few”, so if you have a family or friend network, do reach out. It’s great to know you actually have some sort of support system when things do get a little hairy.
- Try Yoga
As you practice yoga, you become more aware of your body and breathing, which can have a wonderful effect on your nervous system and ultimately your body’s stress response, but don’t take our word for it, check out the study for yourself – Exploring the therapeutic effects of yoga & its ability to increase quality of life.
- Practice Mindfulness Techniques
Mindfulness is all about becoming more in tune with the present moment. There are a number of ways that you can become more mindful, but you can simply start by taking note of what each of your senses are picking up on. What do you smell? What do you see? Where are you?
- Soothe Yourself with Some Tunes
Many studies have suggested time and time again that soothing music can be just what you need during stressful times, to help soothe the mind and get you into a feel good space.
- Practice Deep Breathing Techniques
Most of us probably take breathing for granted, because let’s face it, it’s an involuntary action, and yet simply focusing on your breath can do wonders for your sense of wellbeing. Try the 4, 7, 8 relaxing breathing technique (which is supposedly great for getting a better night’s sleep and preventing panic attacks), and take a deep breath in for a count of 4 seconds. Then hold it for 7, and fully exhale for 8 seconds, completely emptying your lungs. Repeat at least 4 times.
Here’s To a Calm Stress-Free Mind!
It’s easy to get caught up in the hum-drum of everyday life, but it’s important that the signs of stress don’t go unnoticed. Hopefully incorporating these helpful techniques for stress relief will help you to feel better and more positive about life and everything in between.