Stress has a way of working into our lives. It can build up over time or come flooding all at once. Without managing stress and learning to decompress, stress can have an impact on your health. Let’s take a look at 11 ways to reduce your stress daily.
- Walk. A short 10-minute walk during your break can help you refresh and return to the office with less stress. No matter if you walk around the block or just through the halls of the workplace, stepping away from your workspace can make a substantial difference in lowering your stress.
- Breathe. When stress levels rise, often our heart rate does as well. Taking slow, deep breaths can help your heart rate and stress levels return to a more comfortable level.
- Take a bath or shower. For many people, water is calming and therapeutic. Draw a bath or turn on the shower, step into the water, close your eyes, and decompress.
- Laugh. We’ve all heard the phrase “laughter is the best medicine.” Pull up your favorite funny video or TV show and get a good laugh.
- Eat a healthy snack. Stress or mood swings can often be a result of hunger. If you find that you are hungry and stressed, whip up a healthy snack such as a banana with almond butter or carrots with hummus.
- Unplug. Shut down your devices and enjoy 30 minutes any distractions like email, text messages, or social media.
- Listen to music. Put on some headphones and turn on your favorite music. It doesn’t necessarily have to be calm music, just choose something that you enjoy.
- Sit in silence. On the other hand, if you’ve been listening to people talk all day, maybe silence is a better option. Sit in silence for 5–10 minutes with your eyes closed and let your mind decompress.
- Read. Pull out a book or a magazine of your interest and kick back for a few pages.
- Create. Draw, paint, sing, or write. It doesn’t matter if you consider yourself an artist. Creating is a wonderful way to lower your stress level.
- Phone a friend or family member. Remember the day of calling the ones you love? Pick up the phone and give a friend or family member a call. Ask them about their day and tell them about yours. Live interaction over the phone as opposed to chatting on the internet can boost your mood.
Managing your stress levels can make a significant difference in how you feel and your outlook on life. With a few of these tips above, you could be enjoying life with less stress and better health. We also suggest taking Relora®. Relora® was shown in three published clinical studies to decrease stress, decrease transitory anxiety and improve mood scores. Learn more on our website or by calling 1-800-783-4636 today.