Stress Busters

Stress is a part of life. You may suffer from it a little bit, or there may be times in your life where it is overwhelming. Having too much stress or not being able to manage it can have a negative impact on your health.  


There are simple tricks that everyone can do that can make managing stress much easier. These “life-hacks” do not require any special talents, cost any money, or demand too much physical activity. They are basic “Stress Busters” that have seriously good side effects. 

Breathe Deeply 


You always hear people on the movies say “breathe deeply and calm down.” The truth is, this is magnificent advice! If you are becoming overwhelmed with a situation, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Really deep. Feel your chest expand when you breathe in, hold it for just a second and slowly exhale. Do this a couple of times. The extra oxygen in your system will make you feel physically better and will help clear your head. Now you can approach the stressful situation feeling calmer. 


Take A Nap 


Seriously. Take a nap. Sometimes stress is a build-up of too many things going on at once. You feel overwhelmed, and your body is being flooded with stress hormones. This overabundance of stress hormones makes even the smallest issue worse. So shut your body down and take a nap. When you wake up, your hormone levels will be back to normal, and you will be ready to face the challenges of life. 


Listen to Some Music 


Some people may tell you to watch television and get absorbed into a program, so you are not sitting and worrying about your problem. That may work, but so many things in the movies or programs can trigger your stress response. If you are feeling stressed out, listen to some music. This allows your brain to focus on the music and not be interrupted by visual reminders of what may be causing you stress. Music also floods your brain with “feel good” hormones, making the stressful situation feel more pleasant. 


Do Some Stretching 


Stretching is a great way to help reduce stress. Stretching can be done while sitting in a chair, laying in a bed, or standing up. You do not have to go into a full yoga routine to reduce your stress, just a couple of small movements. Flex your arms and wrists and stretch them as far as you can. Roll your head so that your neck is stretched. Bend forward to curve your back and let it stretch. Point your toes as far as you can to stretch your legs. All simple motions that increase blood flow and help the body reduce tension. 


If you are still experiencing a lot of stress, and these tips are not giving you the relief you hoped for, it may be time to talk to your family and friends. Sometimes getting the opinion of someone else may be just what you need to solve the problem.  


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