5 Ways to Reduce Stress



 

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Stress is often seen as a normal occurrence when it shouldn’t be. It is the body’s “fight or flight” response to everyday situations such as an impending deadline at work, or uneasy relationships in your personal life. Subtle changes to your day to day routine will ease the tension if you ever come across difficult situations.

1. Get the Proper Amount of Sleep

The quality and length of sleep you receive every night can have a profound impact on your overall health. When we sleep, not only do our bodies recharge, but our skin does as well. It is recommended you get at least 8 hours of sleep per night. On average, it takes 15 minutes for someone to fall asleep. The key is to be relaxed and have your mind at ease so you can sleep a lot quicker.

2. Meditate

Meditating is very simple. You’ll have to sit up straight with both feet on the floor, and close your eyes. Let any distracting thoughts escape your mind. The goal is to have no thoughts in your mind except to focus on breathing. It’ll help calm your nerves and make you feel relaxed.

3. Exercise 

There is nothing better for your body than working out after a stressful day. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine.

4. Take a Bath

Showers are easier and quicker, however baths are more calming and relaxing to the body, especially if you add in some ingredients to help ease your mind and calm your muscles.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups epsom salts
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • Optional: 5-10 drops your favorite essential oil. Try lavender to relax.

 

5. Get a Massage

You’re allowed to reward yourself once in a while, even if it may not be in your budget. A massage is the perfect way to release the tension in your body and relax your body and mind. If you’re a beginner, the Swedish massage is the most common and best-known type of massage. A typical massage lasts from 60-90 minutes.

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