Why It’s Important To Destress
The body is an amazing mechanism and knows how to deal with short-term stress. However, when you are under a tremendous amount of stress for a long period of time, you could face serious health problems. Stress can affect the way you think and feel. Long term effects of stress can cause major mental and physical health issues like depression, diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. Working full-time jobs, going to school and parenting are all a lot to juggle. The wonderful world of politics and media are also great at stressing us out. It’s so important to slow down and destress to keep your mental sharp and sane. So, we’re all just going to take a few deep breaths together.
What Stress Does To The Body?
Stress can have an effect on every system of the body. When you are under stress, brain nerves stimulate the adrenal glands to release adrenaline and cortisol. If you constantly feel overwhelmed, high production of these chemicals can increase your chances of depression, memory loss and learning disabilities.Stressors are really any situation that puts a high amount of pressure on you. These can be your family, workplace, and even caffeine. You might even realize how stressed you are because like’s demands can often feel normal. Even if you don’t experience these symptoms first hand, it’s never fun to feel anxious, scared or worried.
Tips On How To Prevent & Manage Stress
It might feel like you can’t do anything about stress, but there’s actually a lot you can do. Taking back control is about taking charge of your thoughts and emotions. Even though your life seems like it’s a vicious cycle of bills, kids, and work, you still have total control of your life.
Use Your Time Wisely– Keep your to-do lists and schedule short and simple. Prioritize what you want to get done that day.
Prepare Ahead Of Time– Pick out your outfits the night before and learn to meal prep. Preparing for your day will allow your brain more time to concentrate on important decisions.
Look Forward to the Future– Always have something to look forward to, no matter how small. If you look forward to a cup of coffee in the morning, make this part of your motivation to make the day great.
Be Grateful– Appreciate the small things and keep a journal. Write down all the things you’re grateful for so you can reflect when you feel stressed out.
Change Your Diet– Avoid over processed and sugary foods. Sugar and sodium can affect your mood and energy levels. Stick to natural whole foods.
42 More Ways To Destress
1. Listen to music
2. Stay hydrated
5. Fly a kite
8. Count to 10
9. Watch a comedy
11. Write about something you love
13. Solve a puzzle
15. Give yourself a makeover
17. Massage you scalp
21. Hang out with a friend
22. Positive affirmations
24. Play a video games/board game
25. Clean and declutter your house
26. Get some sleep
27. Do something nice for someone else
28. Talk to someone
30. Take photos
32. Exercise/ go for a walk
34. Meal prep
35. Treat yourself to a manicure
37. Take a vacation
38. Cry or scream to let it all out
39. Go for a drive
40. Keep a journal
41. Get a massage
42. Turn off your technology
How do you unwind from the day?