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How You Can Relax More

By Sara Butler

You deserve time to relax – for your mental health as well as your physical health. Stress may be a part of life, but ways to cope with stress need to be a part of your life, too. Here are some simple things you can do every day to help reduce stress in your life.

How Stress Impacts You

Stress impacts nearly every aspect of your physical and mental health. It can make it more difficult for you to get quality sleep at night, it can increase your blood pressure, and it can cause you to gain weight. If your body is constantly flooded with stress hormones, then it places unnecessary strain on your cardiovascular system. With heart disease being the leading killer of people in the United States, it stands to reason that lowering stress can improve your heart health. So, do it for your heart!

Try Meditation

Just three minutes of meditation per day can help keep your stress levels down. All you need to do is go someplace quiet, close your eyes, and breathe. Concentrate on your breathing and blow the stress out of your body. You might be surprised by how much better you’ll feel when you’re done. It can help rid you of stress and make the stress you do have to face during the day a bit easier to handle.

Create a Device Curfew for Yourself

These days it seems as if everyone is tethered to their cell phones, and it seems that way because it’s often true. The constant flood of notifications and documenting everything you do with selfies has shown in research to leave you feeling stressed. You need to pick a time to stop and put your devices aside – because it’ll still be there in the morning! It’s best if you try to make this stop time a couple of hours before you go to sleep since the blue light from these devices can really wreak havoc on your sleep. So, give up the technology for a few hours a night and do something else to care for yourself. You’ll feel less stressed and sleep better, too.

Go to Bed on Time

If you keep your bedtime around the same time every night, then it will help your mood and your energy. This can help you avoid illness and also help you to stay at a healthy weight by supporting a healthy metabolism. You need to plan to get 8 hours of sleep per night – and that means actual sleep, not just lying in bed.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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