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How to Naturally Lower Daily Stress

By Genevieve Cunningham

Stress is one of the toughest parts of life. Why? Maybe it’s because we can’t really escape it. Maybe it’s because it damages both mental and physical wellness. Maybe it’s because stress just makes us feel overwhelmed. Whatever the reason, stress is one of those things that most people would like to live without. But is that possible? While it’s probably not possible to completely avoid stress, it is something that we can learn to manage. If you’re interested in lowering your stress every day, take a look at these helpful tips.

Exercise

The body doesn’t like to deal with two kinds of stress at the same time. If you’re experiencing mental stress, go exercise. After a few minutes, the body switches gears. It begins to focus on the physical stress, and the mental troubles fall away, even if just for a few minutes. This gives you a little reprieve, and also allows you to get a new perspective on your troubles when the workout is over.

Knock Out Your To-Do List

The more things that are on your to-do list at the end of the day, the more stressed you’re going to be. Make a list, and put the most important things on top. Then tackle your to-do list daily. Mark it off when things are accomplished, and adjust your list when necessary. You shouldn’t expect to completely finish your list, but aim for progress. This makes you feel a sense of accomplishment, and lowers stress as each item falls off the list.

Stretch

When you’re stressed, the body holds tension. Stretch this tension out! Every morning, get in a good stretch. Anytime you’re feeling tense, stretch. And before bed, get in a deep stretch. This helps release tension, reduce pain, and lower overall stress in the body and mind. If you’re really brave, go for some yoga. This is a more extreme form of stretching that also teaches deep breathing to help calm your mind.

Stress can’t be avoided. It’s a part of the daily grind. A part of work, a part of kids, a part of life! While you can’t eliminate it, you can definitely get it under control. Use these tips to help manage your stress every day, and feel more positive and relaxed before you know it.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Jose, Calif.

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