10 Tips for Relieving Stress
Whether it’s a work deadline, financial worries, or just the everyday demands of busy life, we all experience stress. Stress may be common, but it can also contribute to some unwanted health effects—things like headaches, back pain, neck pain, jaw pain, high blood pressure and upset stomach.
You can’t always control what causes you stress—but you can help keep your stress levels in check. One of the best ways to effectively manage stress is to adopt healthy, everyday coping strategies. These 10 tips can help relieve daily stress and tension and keep stress from becoming a long-term problem.
When stress starts to build, get your body moving. Regular exercise—including walking, biking and even gardening—can reduce stress and relieve muscle tension.
You can do this anywhere and any time you start to feel stressed. Slowly fill your lungs to their fullest, and then let your breath out in a smooth, controlled stream. Repeat 10 - 15 times.
Stretching exercises relieve muscle tension and promote relaxation. To de-stress at work, try doing some simple stretches during breaks or at your desk.
Stress management means knowing when to take a break. If you start to feel overwhelmed by stress and anxiety, find a quiet place and take a few minutes to decompress.
We all deserve a little down time. Relax and de-stress by doing the activities you enjoy—a favourite hobby, time with friends, or reading a book.
Let it Out
Holding in your feelings can make stress worse, so talk about what’s stressing you out with someone who cares.
Write it Down
Writing about your feelings is another way to express, and work through, what is causing you stress.
Sleep On It
A good night’s sleep can help wipe away the stress of the day and bolster your system against the next day’s stress triggers. Try to get the recommended 8 hours of sleep a night.
Listen to Music
Music can relieve stress by boosting your mood, relaxing your body and giving you a break from busy life.
Even if it’s fake, a hearty bout of laughter has been shown to reduce levels of stress hormones and promote feelings of well-being.