11.23.2017

5 ways to stamp out stress


They say stress is the biggest killer. Indeed, chronic stress has been linked to the six leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, liver cirrhosis, many fatal accidents and suicide.

All animals feel stress – the release of the stress hormone cortisol triggers our survival mechanism, making our body tense and our mind more alert. This can be useful in the short run, but draining over a sustained period and eventually fatal. Unfortunately, human beings have evolved to feel stress in situations that aren’t life-threatening ranging from work to family issues. Where possible you should try to fix the source of the stress whether it’s taking on less work or getting relationship counselling or simply getting supports from friends and close relations. If this isn’t possible right now, there are still ways of counteracting stress. Here are just five ways that you can relieve some of the stress and feel more relaxed.

Take a hot bath

Taking time out of your evening to relax in a hot bath can combat stress symptoms. There’s science behind it. When stressed we contract all of our muscles (as if preparing to fight or take flight). A hot bath loosens up all these muscles. When stressed our blood pressure also rises. A hot bath has been shown to lower our blood pressure. Both looser muscles and lower blood pressure can help to combat a lot of physical pain, which can also be a cause of stress.


Meditate

Meditation is an easy stress reliever that can be carried out at almost any time. It has been shown to have many health benefits including lowering risks of cardiovascular disease as the result of stress. There are many disciplined forms of meditation including Yoga and Angelic messages that could help some people to learn to meditate. When done correctly, it can reverse almost all the symptoms of stress by telling your brain and then your body to relax.

Exercise

Physical activity can also reduce stress. When we exercise, our body releases endorphins, which are our feelgood chemicals (they’re also natural painkillers). Exercise can also improve sleep quality, further helping to combat stress. Any form of voluntary exercise that raises your heart rate can be a good stress relief.

Eat the right foods

Certain foods can fight stress. Unhealthy comfort foods aside, some of the snacks that can improve your mental wellbeing include avocado, blueberries, dark chocolate, turkey breast, pistachios and salmon. Sites like Happy Body Formula offer more information on what makes each of these foods so good for combating stress.  Try incorporating some of these into your diet throughout your day and see if you notice the results.


Listen to music

Listening to your favourite music can also be a good stress relief. Calming music in particular can help to regulate your blood pressure and prevent the mind wandering, make it harder for stress to take hold. Music can also be a great accompaniment for meditating to. 

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