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4 Simple Tips to Reduce Stress

By Donna Stark

Stress can be one of the most debilitating and damaging factors in your life, which is why it is so important to manage it effectively. But doing so can be difficult if you don't have a few strategies to fall back on. Thankfully, it's Stress Awareness Month, and your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic are here with some tips!  Let's take a look at what they have to share.

Find Time to Relax

Break away from your daily obligations and responsibilities for just a bit and give yourself a chance to sit back and relax. Just a few minutes here and there will make a huge difference in how high your stress levels remain throughout the day. Maybe you could stop what you are doing every hour and take a walk around the office? Or perhaps you could take your lunch break at a quiet park? There is always going to be time to relax, you just need to make an attempt to find it.

Stay Positive, Smile, and Laugh More

Don't you just love being around positive people and grabbing your belly in a fit of laughter? It's hard to be stressed about things when surrounded by so much joy, but did you know that positive thinking and laughter are actual stress reducers? It's true, so do your health a favor by putting yourself in situations where happiness and giggles fill the air.

Quiet Your Mind

Do you have a quiet spot in the house? And if you don't, can you create one? Whether you meditate in the morning, practice yoga after work, or journal your thoughts before bed, slowing down and clearing your mind is the perfect way to release some of that stress you are dealing with. 

Engage in Some Exercise

It's time to get moving. Engaging in physical activity will prompt your body to release its feel-good chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins help to alleviate pain, reduce stress, and boost happiness, but the best part about them is that it doesn't take long for them to start working. That's why it is extremely beneficial to take a break and go for a quick walk if your day is particularly stressful.

The Goal Is to Reduce Your Stress

It's time to reduce your stress, so go ahead and try the suggestions above, or come up with some of your own. Whatever you do, just find some ways to take the edge off so you can look forward to more productive days, better sleep, and improved overall health and wellness. You won't believe the difference it can make!

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

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