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Modern life can be pretty stressful. Between increased working hours, studying, rising rent prices, a high-pressure social life and family responsibilities, we can all struggle to relax and take a moment to ourselves. It’s so important to find ways to relieve stress that work for you and your lifestyle.
But it’s so important to set aside some time each week to relieve that stress and take a breather. Sustained stress for weeks or months on end can weaken the immune system and cause high blood pressure, fatigue, depression, anxiety and even heart disease.
So for your own health and happiness, check out the list below for some easy ways to relieve stress and have a bit of me-time this week.
Find An Exercise You Love
Exercise increases your overall health and your sense of well-being, which helps you deal with all sorts of challenges on a daily basis.
But exercise also has some direct stress-busting benefits. Physical activity helps increase the production of your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins. And even a twenty minute walk here and there can leave you feeling more at peace and relaxed.
It’s easier said than done though, right? The key to sticking to an exercise routine is finding an activity you really enjoy. So if walking with a podcast doesn’t do it for you – try swimming, climbing, skating, dancing – anything that gets out up and about a few times a week.
Herbal Remedies & Supplements
As well as a healthy and balanced diet, there are a few things you can add to your weekly intake which may have positive effects in relieving stress.
Omega 3 and magnesium (both of which you can buy in pill form) have been shown to help reduce anxiety and improve sleep (key to the battle against stress!). You could also try valerian or lemon balm for some affordable, natural stress remedies available in most health-food stores.
If you live in a state where cannabis is legal, try visiting your local Cannabis Dispensary and chat to the team about the stress-relieving benefits of this herbal remedy.
Meditation or prayer is an increasingly popular way to take a time-out, and reduce stress and anxiety in everyday life.
The Daily Telegraph recently reported that “after meditation training of 20 minutes once a day for only five days, people, had measurably less anxiety and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol”. The report also said that levels of anxiety, depression, anger, and fatigue had also gone down.
Practising meditation a few times a week can help you gain a new perspective on stressful situations, build skills to manage your stress, and increase self-awareness.
It’s also a great way to focus on the present, and learn to increase imagination and creativity and therefore another one of the ways to relieve stress.
Reduce Your Caffeine Intake
After a bad night’s sleep, that morning cup of coffee can be really tough to resist. But caffeine has been shown to increase stress and anxiety in lots of coffee-lovers.
You don’t necessarily have to cut your hot-drink of choice out of your life completely, but it’s a good idea to avoid drinking coffee or caffeinated tea after lunch, and best removed from your evening routine completely to help with sleep-hygiene.
If you think coffee is affecting your stress-level, why not try quitting completely? Or switch to decaf which still can have trace amounts of caffeine but not the amount of regular coffee. It may well have very positive effects on your sense of well-being and save you a few buck while you’re at it! (Personally, my stress would be harder without my coffee. LOL)
These are just some ways to relieve your stress. Keep a tiny notebook with you at all times. For about 2 weeks or more, note the times and feelings you have throughout the day; also note what time you wake up and go to sleep, what you eat and when, and any activities. This might help you pinpoint what is adding to your stress and then you can make a plan to deal with what you are facing. And remember seeing a therapist or talking to a life coach might be a good way to learn how to deal with and manage your stress.
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