How to reduce stress and anxiety? - Ways to reduce stress

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Saturday, 12/11/2016 02:11

Stress is always not welcomed because it makes us feel uncomfortable and leads to many other issues. Level of stress belongs to level of overwhelmed things you are suffered. So, how to reduce stress? This articles shows you how to relieve stress, stress management. 

 Listen to music

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Ways to reduce stress

Listening to music is one of the best ways to reduce stress. Playing calm music has a positive effect on the brain and body, can lower blood pressure, and reduce cortisol, a hormone linked to stress.

Have a chocolate-covered strawberry

When you’re stressed, you may be tempted to house every sweet treat in sight. But foods high in added sugar can increase your blood sugar levels and make you feel even more on edge. Instead, munch on strawberries dipped in dark chocolate. The vitamin C in the berries can fight body-damaging free radicals and the dark chocolate may help reduce stress hormones like cortisol.

Write It Down

One way of stress management is to write things down. Some people write what they get stuck and some others write what you’re grateful for.

Gratitude may help relieve stress and anxiety by focusing your thoughts on what’s positive in your life.

Learn to Say No

You can control stress by saying "no" to what is unnecessary to add to your load and what you can't handle. 

This is especially true if you find yourself taking on more than you can handle, as juggling many responsibilities can leave you feeling overwhelmed.

Take a bath

Soaking in water has a soothing effect, experts say, since it connects us to our time in the womb. Add lavender bath oils or aromatherapy candles and you’re well on your way to complete Zen.

Eat 

Stress levels and a proper diet are closely related. When we’re overwhelmed, we often forget to eat well and resort to using sugary, fatty snack foods as a pick-me-up. Try to avoid sugary snacks and plan ahead. Fruits and vegetables are always good, and fish with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce the symptoms of stress. A tuna sandwich really is brain food. 

Laugh it off

Laughter releases endorphins that improve mood and decrease levels of the stress-causing hormones cortisol and adrenaline. Laughing tricks your nervous system into making you happy. Our suggestion: watch some classic Monty Python skits like "The Ministry of Silly Walks." Those Brits are so hilarious, you’ll soon be cracking up, rather than cracking up.

Sip chamomile tea

Research shows that one of the compounds in this herbal brew binds to the same brain receptors as drugs like Valium, which means the tea acts as a mild tranquillizer. Not a tea person? Chamomile supplements may also help reduce anxiety, according to at least one study.

Give yourself a foot rub

Reflexology is an alternative medicine therapy that involves applying pressure to different parts of the body. It may help ease stress, and possibly even help migraines. Do it yourself by running under the base of your toes to calm your head and massaging the ball of your foot to relax your chest, says reflexologist Mara Nicandro, director of Therapeutic Massage of Texas. Rubbing your big toes releases soothing endorphins, which can help you relax.

Deep Breathing

Mental stress activates your sympathetic nervous system, signaling your body to go into “fight-or-flight” mode.

During this reaction, stress hormones are released and you experience the physical symptoms of stress — your heart beats faster, you breathe quicker and your blood vessels constrict.

In this situation, deep breathing exercises will help activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which controls the relaxation response. So, constantly make breath slower and deeper to relieve stress.

With these ways, let's stress be far away from us and live healthier and fresher.

Elly Green

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