We all experience stress in one way or another, it’s a natural part of life! However, excess stress is not healthy and can be very damaging to your wellbeing. The truth is -- you don’t have to let it weigh you down! Shake off your stress with these 5 easy and effective tips, designed to help you float lightly through your busy days with confidence!
1. Take a Fast-Acting Supplement that Works Wonders
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2. Just Breathe
Like Sean Paul and Blu Cantrell once sang:
So nostalgic! But for real, breathing, specifically deep breathing: in through the nose, out through the mouth, is arguably one of the most simple and effective ways to let go of stress! Even the thought of breathing induces relaxation. So why does it work? Because the action of taking a deep breath triggers your parasympathetic nervous system, switching off your fight or flight mode, therefore helping to stimulate relaxation and bring the body back into balance.
3. Challenge Your Stress
You heard that right! The best way to deal with anything in life is by facing it head on, in doing so will allow you to combat your biggest fears, reset your mind, and hey it’s a great opportunity to grow! Reframe your stress/anxiety as excitement, using this technique will enhance the way you respond to what’s causing you stress or making you feel anxious. Here is a common example of this: you are feeling stressed and anxious about a work presentation tomorrow, instead of allowing yourself to overthink and feel this way, you instead tell yourself “I’m excited!” and get thrilled about the fact you can share all your hard work. Remind yourself that these symptoms associated with stress and anxiety, like increased heart rate and rapid breathing is just your body’s way to energize and prepare you for success.
4. Try a Set of Jumping Jacks
Get moving to manage stress, this will give your mind the quick pause it needs and instantly loosen your muscles. The best part, jumping jacks can be done anywhere, at any time and don’t require much effort. This aerobic exercise is a direct and successful way to combat stress and can help balance heart rate, maintain blood pressure, along with pumping up your endorphins (happy hormones)!
5. Laugh Out Loud
For real though, not like when you text your bestie “LOL” yet never even cracked a smile. Laughing out loud, whether it’s a genuine or fake laugh is one of the most joyful ways to reduce anxiety and relieve tension, and guess what? It’s also associated with some amazing long-term benefits that can improve your overall wellness! First and foremost, laughing can increase those happy feel-good hormones and bring more positivity to your life, while powering down your fight or flight system, it also has the ability to stimulate many organs, enhance immunity and even reduce pain. Aren’t in a laughing mood? That’s okay try pulling up a funny video on your phone, or trick your body by cracking a fake laugh to help you recover from stress.
Written By: Kali Pappas, Nutritionist CNP