Constant stress can wear you down. According to experts, stressful situations such as debts, divorce, grief, or a job you are not happy with can make you look physically older. You may not even realize it, but stress symptoms may also be affecting your health.
Don’t let this lead to negative and long-term effects. Here are a few ways to help you de-stress and relax.
According to research, a few minutes of daily meditation may change the brain’s neutral pathways to make you more resilient to stress. The mental silence that goes with it has a positive effect on stress, especially on work-related triggers. You can meditate on your own by closing your eyes and reciting a positive mantra to eliminate all the negative thoughts on your mind.
If you feel overwhelmed by a stressful situation, take a break and listen to some music. Listening to music is a quick-acting solution that can help you de-stress. Choose calm or classical tunes, as they have a positive effect on the body and can reduce cortisol, a hormone linked to stress.
The ‘take a deep breath’ advice works well during tense moments. Deep breathing counters the effects of stress by lowering blood pressure and slowing the heart rate. Take a short break and focus on your breathing. Slowly inhale through your nose (feeling the breath start in your abdomen to the top of your head) and exhale through your mouth.
Massage therapy is one of the easiest ways to calm your body. It relaxes tight muscles and improves circulation to improve the immune system’s function. It also provides a dedicated time for relaxation, which reduces anxiety. You can schedule a massage in Waikiki, Hawaii, for example, to feel refreshed immediately.
When you’re stressed, you forget to eat well and resort to sugary and fatty food. Avoid fast food meals and plan your diet ahead. Fruits and vegetables are a good option as well as fish with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. A soothing cup of your favorite tea blend can also calm your nerves.
Seek out other ways to help deal with stress. Try massages or participate in active sports to reduce stress levels and increase your feeling of physical and mental well-being.