Friday, February 12th, 2016

Grab Your Stress Balls – 3 Simple Ways to Reduce Stress

Deadlines, family vacation is coming up, mother-in-law is coming for a visit – there are many reasons why we can get stressed out. This probably does not come as surprise: stress is bad for you, and reducing it will aid you in staying healthy. Check out these 3 simple ways to reduce stress:

 

  1. Take a deep breath. Literally. Deep breathing is a great way of calming down and refocus. Breathe in for 5 seconds and exhale for the same amount of time. Repeat until you feel calmer and make sure you breathe into your stomach and let the air fully fill you up. If you want to ramp up the benefits, find a park, or place with trees, and do this breathing exercise there. The extra oxygen and closeness to nature have a calming effect.
  2. Single task. Focus on one thing at a time, and make sure it gets finished. If you feel overwhelmed this is a great way of grounding yourself. When multitasking it’s easy for things to get done halfway, and this can be a major stress factor. Make a to-do list and cross off things one at a time, this also helps you get an overview of your tasks which may make things more manageable.
  3. Engage in physical activity. Studies have shown that physical activity can greatly reduce stress. When your body is tired this also affects your mind, and as such is a great way of calming down. Stressing out takes a lot of energy, and if you have less you feel calmer. Even If you can’t go to the gym, a 10-minute walk around the block can make wonders.

 

These are very simple ways of reducing stress and of course there are other ways, such as meditation or drinking tea, but the above tips can usually be done wherever you are.  So grab your stress balls and go for a walk!

Posted by Mikkis on February 12th, 2016 | Filed in Uncategorized | Comment now »



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