Stress is no laughing matter. While it does have a place in our lives, having an abundance of stress is both physically and psychologically damaging to our bodies. Stress can lead to anxiety and depression, and other physical conditions such as:
* Heart disease
* Lowered immune system
* Gastrointestinal issues
* Weight gain
* Sleep issues
* Sexual dysfunction
* Reproductive dysfunction
* Memory problems
Stress is also often responsible for other health issues such as skin issues, hair loss, and teeth and gum diseases. It’s easy to see why stress needs to be reduced in our life.
It perhaps sound so simple that many of us don’t even consider this a being some method or form of stress control. Going for even a short 5 to 10 minute walk when feeling stress will greatly reduce that stress and have us feeling happier far more sooner than if we were to sit and lament. You don’t have to go for a power walk; a simple stroll outside of the office or around the block will help you lower your stress.
The easiest way to quickly and effectively reduce your stress is to simply breathe. Focusing on your breathing and taking deep, calculated breaths go a long way in helping your restore your mental capacities and releasing the physical tension that is contributing to your stress.
Take a Mental Vacation
Whenever possible, if you are feeling overwhelmed it is important to take some time to yourself and have a mental vacation. Whether this is 5 minutes or 5 days in length, this will go a long way in helping you keep your stress at bay. Try to use visualization techniques and guided imagery to really help ease your mind.
Muscle Relaxation Exercises
Progressive Muscle Relaxation exercises, otherwise known as PMR, is a well known technique that helps you release all of the tension that is in your muscle groups in a matter of seconds. This technique usually works from the top of the body to your toes and helps ease away any stress that you may be feeling throughout your entire body.
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