Stress can take a toll on your health in many ways, some of which you may not even realize what it’s doing to your body. You may blame that irritating headache, the pinched nerve in your neck, your frequent insomnia, or your decreased productivity at work on an illness. But stress may be the cause.
Worry, stress and anxiety can trigger a host of health problems, but there are things we can do to overcome the feelings of worry, stress, and anxiety. Here is a list of effective stress relievers that can calm your mind and your body:
- Get in regular amounts of exercise – try scheduling in your workout (or time to move, even a walk) just as you would a business call.
- Journal – Write it down. The relief one feels from getting the stressful feelings on paper is profound; practice daily journaling.
- Eat a balanced diet – You are what you eat, so make sure you’re not overeating and that you’re eating enough of each food group.
- Practicing relaxation techniques – such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga. Try wearing Intelligent Threads® yoga pants or smart tech top, which allows muscles to relax and aligns the skeletal structure.
- Spending time with family and friends – We live in a digital age where we can be tempted to replace person to person contact with phones and computers, especially if we’re feeling vulnerable. But humans are social creatures, we crave feeling supported, valued and connected. Studies show that being socially connected increases happiness and leads to better health and a longer life. It helps overcome feelings of loneliness and isolation. During times like these, it is important to surround yourself with people that you can talk to and de-stress within a judgment-free zone.
- Setting aside time for hobbies – such as reading a book or listening to music. Try Audible to listen to a book while you walk, learn a new language, learn to play an instrument…all relaxing and activating the other side of your brain.
- Connect with Nature: Spending time outside in nature is good for the body and the mind. It helps relieve feelings of worry, anxiety and stress. Natural beauty distracts us from problems and just helps us feel good. Studies show that being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature, reduces anger, fear, and stress and increases pleasant feelings. Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones.
Source: Brian Burzynski, D.PSc. founder Intelligent Threads