A survey of 2,500 adults found that almost half said they had experienced a major stressful event in the last year. Stress seems to be an inevitable part of our lives. While sometimes it can be really healthy, too much of it can have some pretty detrimental effects on our health.
So how can you escape the harmful effects of stress? Here are 10 proven ways to clear your mind of stress.
1. Talk about it
Instead of keeping it all in, talk about it. Keeping everything to yourself can only add to your stress. Discussing your issues will help to relieve some pressures, and can even help you come to a solution. And of course, the person you talk to can also help you see the problem in a different light.
2. Exercise more
Exercise is good on any occasion, not just when you’re stressed! Studies show that exercise can have anti-anxiety effects.Aerobic activity can decrease tension, stabilize mood, and improve sleep. In addition, it is excellent for improving cognitive ability because it reduces fatigue and increases concentration and alertness.
Exercise for your body is important, but so is exercise for your mind! It may seem like a hassle at times, but meditation and yoga are key solutions to many problems we might face. Studies show that some unconventional alternative mental health therapy helps to improve emotional regulation, learning, cognition, and memory.Studies also show that yoga helps to slow down physiological arousal, allowing you to be more relaxed.
4. Do something you enjoy
Stress tends to make us forget about the good things in life. Take the time to do what you love to do. Doing something that you’re passionate about activates your pleasure centers and releases endorphins, which is also released during exercise.
5. Shut everything off
Sometimes life just gets too overwhelming that you just want to get away. It doesn’t help that with today’s technology, we’re always available.Take the time to just put everything aside and relax without any distractions.
6. Don’t stress unnecessarily
“Don’t sweat the small stuff.” Some things in life are just not worth stressing over. It’s easy to have the stress pile on you, and it’s easy to have unnecessary stresses follow you around.Be sure to put in mental effort to keep unnecessary stress from getting to you.
7. Write it down
Sometimes the stress can be too overwhelming, and you might not have someone to talk to. Writing down all your stresses can also be a very therapeutic technique.
8. Hug and cuddle
Having physical contact with someone though hugging or cuddling releases a hormone called oxytocin. This hormone promotes bonding, whether it’s between mother and child, or between friends. Oxytocin has the ability to lower your stress, by lowering your blood pressure, and lowering anxiety.
9. Sing and dance
Find an emotional outlet for stress, by singing and dancing.Dancing’s effects can be similar to exercise by getting your heart pumping and releasing endorphins. Singing also allows you to focus on something other than what’s stressing you out, giving you a nice mental break.
Laughter really is the best medicine. It stimulates so many of your organs- from your lungs to your muscles. It also stimulates the brain to release endorphins. Laughing can help to reduce tension, by bringing more blood flow to your muscles and relieving some symptoms of stress.