When our lives get busy, or the unexpected happens the result is stress. Our bodies react to these changes with a physical, mental or emotional response. However, this is perfectly normal, too much stress can lead to other serious health issues. These include headaches, stomach aches, high blood pressure, insomnia and weight gain. This is why it is very important to take control of your stress and not have your stress take control over you.
If you are feeling the effects of too much stress here are five great stress relievers that will help you feel good, worry less and rest easy:
1. Identify your triggers
What is causing your stress? Stop thinking about the problem for a few hours. Doing an activity to get your mind off it is such as reading a book or listening to music will help you stay calm and relieve your stress.
2. Exercise regularly
Even light exercise such as a walk or bike ride can help relieve stress. Studies have shown that exercise can increase the body’s serotonin production which improves mood and relieves stress.
Turn off all distractions: television, computer, phone, tablet, radio, etc. and sit or lay down with your eyes closed. Do this for 20 minutes or longer. You don’t have to fall asleep. Sometimes just resting your eyes helps relieve tension associated with stress.
4. Pray or meditate
Meditation, yoga and prayer can help you relax and unwind. If you are worried about something pray about it.
Do some deep breathing exercises for a few minutes. Oxygen will help you calm down and relax. Try circle breathing: Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound, letting out all the air out of your lungs.
Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four. Hold your breath for a count of seven. Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight, again letting out all the air. This is one breath. Now inhale again and repeat the cycle three more times for a total of four breaths.
After practicing these techniques for a couple of weeks, it is expected that you will feel happier and sleep better knowing you have control of your stress which will in turn improve your overall health.
About Cascia Talbert:
Cascia Talbert is a mother of five children, health and fitness enthusiast, positive parenting supporter and founder of the Healthy Moms Magazine. She is a featured blogger at wellsphere.com and talbertzoo.com.She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and five children. You can follow her on twitter @cltalbert
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