It’s no secret that stress can have a detrimental effect on our health and well-being. Stress can often lead to poor eating and sleeping habits, which diminishes our immune system. Our immune response is key to protecting us, not just from minor illnesses such as colds or flu, but also more serious diseases such as cancer. Learning to deal with stress and maintain a more positive outlook can go a long way to keeping you healthy and helping you live longer. So what can you do to reduce your stress?
Maintaining your social circle is a vital tool for keeping stress at bay. Having friends to turn to for love and support, as well as fun and engagement, is important for good mental health and coping with tough times. Studies also show that being a good friend, and offering a shoulder to lean on to those you care about, can be beneficial. And of course, we all know that laughter is truly the best medicine. Who better to keep you laughing than your circle of friends?
One of the reasons stress can be so detrimental is that it interferes with our ability or interest in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Ensuring that you are adhering to a proper diet each and every day, and making sure you are doing whatever you can to get your ZZZZZ’s in every night, will go a long way to holding off the negative effects that stress can take on our health, and in fact, can help to reduce your overall stress.
Exercise can be key for stress management. Regardless of your fitness level, or intensity of exercise, even regular walks, yoga, or more active pursuits, can all go a long way towards decreasing stress levels. Physical activity produces endorphins, which are natural painkillers, and help improve your sleep. These endorphins also go to work quickly to start relieving anxiety. All of these benefits work, in turn, at reducing your overall stress levels.
Keeping the chaos at bay goes a long way towards keeping the stress at bay. Staying organised with your calendar and your household will allow you to feel calmer and in control. Decrease your clutter, build time into your schedule for self-care, and stick to routines that work well for your peace of mind.
There are many useful techniques you can try to help keep your positive mental outlook. Meditation or mindfulness can be valuable, especially as a coping tool when you are feeling overwhelmed. Essential oils such as lavender or rosemary are used to promote calm and relaxation. Massage is a lovely way to relax and take a break from your worries. Take a bath, light a candle, read a book, or ask your doctor about taking Vitamin B. All of these are important self-care solutions that can help soothe the soul.
Stress is not a new condition, and it is something we all have to deal with in our lives. The trick is to not let it get the best of you! Learning what works for you to reduce stress in your own life will help improve your overall health and in turn, help you live a longer and happier life!