10 Easy Ways to Manage Stress
Stress is an unavoidable part of life, but that doesn't mean you should ignore it. Too much untreated stress can cause potentially serious physical and mental health problems. The good news is that in many cases, stress is manageable. With some patience, practice and a few useful strategies, you can reduce stress and have a happier, healthier life! Foresight Wellness Center, a Gilbert Chiropractor helps reduce stress gently and precisely.
1) Self Mastery Technology. 20 minute sessions relaxing the mind, produces a relaxation response—a state known for producing endorphins, relieving pain, eliminating foggy thinking and promoting emotional balance. Try a Free introductory session helps reduce stress.
2) Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic Adjustment. A gentle, precise adjustment that helps to clear the nervous system and allow the body to handle stress more efficiently.
3) Breathe Easy. The advice “take a deep breath” may seem like a cliché, but it holds true when it comes to stress. For an easy three- to five-minute exercise, sit up in your chair with your feet flat on the floor and hands on top of your knees. Breathe in and out slowly and deeply, concentrating on your lungs as they expand fully in your chest. While shallow breathing causes stress, deep breathing oxygenates your blood, helps center your body, and clears your mind.
4) Listen to Music. If you're feeling overwhelmed by a stressful situation, try taking a break and listening to relaxing classical or ocean/nature sounds. Playing calm music has a positive effect on the brain and body, can lower blood pressure, and reduce cortisol, a hormone linked to stress.
5) Call a Friend. When stressed, take a break to call a friend. Good relationships with friends and loved ones are important to any healthy lifestyle. A reassuring voice, even for a minute, can put everything in perspective. Surround yourself with positive people.
6) Eat More Fresh Vegetables and Fruit. Stress levels and a proper diet are closely related. Stressful situations can trigger a response to not eat well and resort to using sugary, fatty snack foods as a pick-me-up. Fruits and vegetables are always good, and fish with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce the symptoms of stress. A tuna sandwich really is brain food.
7) Laugh. Laughter releases endorphins that improve mood and decrease levels of the stress- causing hormones cortisol and adrenaline. Laughing tricks your nervous system into making you happy. Funny movies and television shows are fun, too.
8) Green Tea. Instead of coffee or energy drinks that can cause stress reactions in the body, try green tea. It has less than half the caffeine of coffee and contains healthy antioxidants, as well as theanine, an amino acid that has a calming and soothing effect on the nervous system
9) Exercise (Even For a Minute). A short walk around the office or simply standing up to stretch during a break at work can offer immediate relief in a stressful situation. Getting your blood moving releases endorphins and can improve your mood almost instantaneously.
10) Sleep. Lack of sleep is a key cause of stress. Make it a point to get seven to eight hours of sleep. Turn the TV off earlier, manage your time, and do your best to get into bed earlier.
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