You might think illness is to blame for your nagging headache, frequent insomnia or decreased productivity at work. But what if we told you that the cause just might be stress. Between taking care of the family, responsibilities at work, upcoming holidays, and life in general, it’s easy to see how quickly stress can take over. We’ve got 5 simple ways to reduce stress levels when they hit a high and get you feeling good again.
Treat yourself to some silence
Silence can mean different things to different people. The early hours of the morning, the serenity of the countryside, the few moments after you turn off the motor of your car, or even the simplicity of a clean and tidy room. Do your best to seek out this kind of silence and take a moment to notice – and enjoy it – at least once a day. You deserve it.
Do one thing at a time
Contrary to popular belief, only about 2.5% of people have the ability to effectively focus on more than one task at a time. So for the other 97.5% of us, multi-tasking makes things harder, not easier. Give yourself a break — focus on one thing at a time and you’ll be crossing items off your list faster than you thought you could.
Virtually any form of exercise, from aerobics to hiking to yoga, can act as a stress reliever. If you’re not an athlete or even if you’re downright out of shape, you can still make a little exercise go a long way toward stress management. Even five minutes of aerobic activity can stimulate anti-anxiety effects. So go for a quick walk around the block, take the stairs up and down a few flights, or do some stretching exercises like head rolls and shoulder shrugs.
What are your go-to ways to reduce stress? We’d love to know.