Let's be honest! Stress can be a daily symptom for some of us. Whether at work, home, or even just by ourselves, stress can creep in for all kinds of reasons. But not to worry, there are tangible and specific areas you can focus on to minimize the stress and improve your ability to deal with it. Interestingly enough, some studies show that a certain amount of stress can be good for you! It’s kind of like the way a vaccine functions; if you inject your life with a little of it, you become stronger and better equipped to deal with it in the future.
Nevertheless, too much of almost anything is generally always bad for you. In the case of stress, overload can be seriously detrimental to physical and mental health. Consequences range from short to long term and can include cardiovascular diseases, gastrointestinal complications, and obesity.
Because of this, we want to share some basic, helpful tips with you to reduce your daily stress in a natural, simple, and easy to manage way. Remember, you don’t have to jump right into implementing the suggestions below perfectly, but every little effort you make will set you up better to begin to kick the nasty symptoms of stress!
Besides promoting muscle growth and helping us feel healthier, exercising boosts our endorphins causing an improvement in daily mood, relieving pain, and of course, stress. Beginning an exercise routine can sometimes be daunting if you aren’t currently engaged in one, but it doesn’t need to be. Start by just making sure that you participate in something active every day. Then simply work on picking up the pace, frequency, or duration of that activity. It can be as simple as an evening walk, a hike, playing a sport you love, or hitting the gym. Follow us on Instagram for some workout ideas that can be done from home and with minimal equipment.
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GET YOUR SLEEP
A consistently restful night is as important as any other tip on this list. Sleeping restores your body, enhances your mood the next morning, and also helps you be more productive. Erase those anxious feelings throughout the day and get ready to smash your to-do list by getting at least 7-8 hours per night. Sleep is critical for your body’s recovery and resetting energy levels. Keep in mind that eating too close to going to bed can affect your ability to fall asleep quickly and enter a deep sleep due to the active digestive process taking place. Try to avoid eating within 2-3 hours of going to sleep and feel the difference!
BE MINDFUL OF WHAT YOU DRINK
While a daily beverage like coffee does have some genuine benefits, it can also harm us when it comes to staying hydrated. Hydration and stress have a very close relationship. By continuously drinking water and not taking that extra cup of coffee, you help to reduce your cortisol levels. Why is this important? By keeping this hormone´s level low, you reduce the common negative side effects like weight gain or high blood pressure. Coffee in excess will also begin to act as a diuretic, causing you to eliminate more water in your pee and cause you to backtrack on your hydration progress. Try to get to 8 cups per day of water to stay hydrated, beginning first thing after waking up to get that metabolism fired back up.
What other methods do you use to help reduce your daily stress levels? Share them with us in the comment section below.