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Between staying on top of work, taking care of a family, devoting time to romantic relationships, and maintaining other social connections, it’s easy to see why so many people are overwhelmed and stressed out. Some stress is necessary to keep you motivated and working toward your goals – but too much stress can actually contribute to a number of health concerns, including asthma, weight gain, digestive disorders, and even cancer.
Making time in your daily routine to deal with stress is a great way to prevent it from building up and becoming an issue. These tips will show you some ways you can destress after a long day so you can maintain your overall health and well-being – and even improve your mood and heal your emotions.
1. Take a time out.
Meditation is a great way to destress and reduce anxiety, but even if this practice isn’t for you, you can still benefit from spending some quiet time working on breathing exercises to help slow your heart rate, lower your blood pressure, and ease your mind. There are a number of breathing techniques that can help you deal with stress, so take some time learning these and start using them whenever you feel overwhelmed.
Sit up straight, close your eyes, and inhale deeply through your nose. You should feel it start in your abdomen and travel through your body, up to the top of your head. Exhale through your mouth, and visualize the breath reversing its path back down to your belly.
Don’t make big plans with friends that might cause more anxiety, but reach out to some of your close friends and loved ones to talk about whatever might be going on. Sometimes, a fresh perspective is all you need to start working through the issues that are causing you stress.
If you can, try to meet in a park or at the gym so you can either get some sun or a workout in while you’re visiting. When you’re feeling stressed, it’s easy to neglect the self-care things that will make you feel better, so take advantage of the social opportunity to enjoy both.
3. Breathe some steam.
Whether you do it in a sauna, a steam shower, or even just in the bathtub, a little heat and steam can work wonders on both your body and brain. The steam and heat combine to relax sore muscles, improve circulation, and calm your mind. This is an easy way to feel like you’ve spent the day at the spa – even though you’ve only spent twenty minutes in a steam shower.
These showers can be installed in your home, if you find that this is an effective stress-management technique for you.
4. Take a nap.
If you’re not getting enough sleep every night, chances are that could be contributing to your daily stress. Taking a quick, twenty minute nap is a way to hit the reset button on the day – increasing your performance at work, heightening your alertness and your productivity, and even improving your mood.
However, napping for too long or too late in the day can impact your sleep schedule, so set an alarm and get some sunlight to keep your circadian rhythm on track.
5. Write it down.
Sometimes, talking to someone about what’s causing you concern can lead to even more worry. You can still get out your thoughts and feelings on paper, though. Set aside a bit of time each day to track your mental state. Write about things you’re grateful for, things that have improved your day, and even to-do lists for the days ahead to keep yourself from feeling stressed about upcoming responsibilities.
You’ll develop a better understanding of yourself, and you’ll be able to vent some of your feelings and concerns without fear of judgment or criticism.
If you can incorporate one or more of these suggestions into your own life, you’ll see the benefits of reduced stress – more energy, better rest, and even a more positive outlook on life – as well as a lowered risk of a number of potential health issues. However, if these tips don’t help you feel less overwhelmed, consider talking to a professional to see where your constant stress is coming from. You may need to take further action to address it.
Credits - Nina Wells