With the newborn sun and the warmer temperatures we have finally said our goodbyes to the harsh winter and began to step into a more vivid zone.
In today’s post we will be covering different ways in which we can mentally cool down after a hectic work or study day.
Stress and anxiety are common maladies for most contemporary people. In fact, 70% of adults have experienced a certain level of these two in their lifetime and it also seems to be imprinted in our DNA.
So, how can we control or at least mitigate the damaging consequences of having to work in a stressful autopilot?
Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to combat stress.
It might seem contradictory, but putting physical stress on your body through exercise can relieve mental stress.
The benefits are strongest when you exercise regularly and you build a habit out of it. People who exercise regularly are less likely to experience anxiety than those who don’t exercise. The benefits are unlimited.
Exercise lowers the stress hormone-cortisol being the bad guy- and it can also aid in the release of endorphins.
It can also help in the improvement of sleep quality, which can be affected by stress. Exercising boosts your confidence level which in turn promotes mental wellbeing.
This being said, try to find activities such as yoga, dancing, and high intensity sports or workout circuits.
Reduce your caffeine intake.
Being the stimulant currently found in coffee, tea, chocolate and energy drinks it can increase anxiety levels in the body exponentially so keeping the levels low is crucial.
Spend time with friends and family.
Social support from friends and family can help you get through stressful times.
Being part of a friend network gives you a sense of belonging and self-worth, which can help you in tough times.
Learn to say “no” and to set boundaries.
Not all stressors are within your control, but some are.
Take control over the parts of your life that you can change and are causing you stress.
One way to do this may be to say “no” more often.
This is especially true if you find yourself taking on more than you can handle, as juggling many responsibilities can leave you feeling overwhelmed.
Being selective about what you take on — and saying no to things that will unnecessarily add to your load — can reduce your stress levels.
Another way to take control of your stress is to stay on top of your priorities and stop procrastinating.
Procrastination can lead you to act reactively, leaving you scrambling to catch up. This can cause stress, which negatively affects your health and sleep quality.
Get in the habit of making a to-do list organized by priority. Give yourself realistic deadlines and work your way down the list.
Take a Yoga class.
Yoga has become a popular method of stress relief and exercise among all age groups.
In general, the benefit of yoga for stress and anxiety seems to be related to its effect on your nervous system and stress response.
It may help lower cortisol levels, blood pressure and heart rate.