7 Easy Ways to Outmaneuver Stress
By Sandy Schroeder
How does stress affect you? When you have had an especially bad morning does your heart pound faster, or your stomach feel queasy? Stress unleashes hormones like cortisol that flood the system, constricting blood vessels and tightening the chest. This might be helpful if a grizzly bear showed up, but in today’s world it may simply drive up blood pressure and accelerate asthma, insomnia or migraine headaches.
How to Let Stress Go
Taming the stress demons may be as simple as learning good ways to relax and unwind, slowing breathing and lowering blood pressure. Huffington Post suggests some good ways to go.
Dream a little - When stress soars, step away, find a quiet spot and close your eyes. Then picture your favorite spot by the water or in the mountains. Breathe deeply as the images stream by. Then open your eyes and rejoin the fray.
Take a brief walk – Head outside to your nearest greenspace and let your head clear as you enjoy the fresh air. Life may seem a lot simpler when you return.
Shut down your screen- Researchers have linked steady computer use with lost sleep, depression and stress. Late night electronics also link to sleeplessness. Take regular breaks every 30 minutes in the daytime, and shut down electronics at least an hour before bedtime.
Muscle review – Work your way around your body. Start with your toes and tighten foot muscles. Then relax as you move up the body, tightening and relaxing muscles, winding up with the face. Just focusing on each area can relieve stress and anxiety.
Connect with friends – As you settle down to share coffee or a brew ,your stress may lift, too. It’s fun to see friends, but it can also be a healthy way to unwind.
Hide your phone – Researchers say smartphones are linked to increased stress as people respond to them 24/7. Wean yourself away with small breaks, and try leaving phones out of your bedroom at night.
Use your breath – Yoga calls the breath the “life force.” If you learn to breathe deeply and relax, it can be a portable stress reliever wherever you are. Taking a few deep breaths or repeating stress exercises brings in oxygen as it lowers blood pressure and calms the body and the brain.
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