Stress isn’t good for anyone. More often than not, it creates more problems than it solves. It can also be tricky to get rid of. Here at The Lasso, we wanted to share some tips to shed the stress.
Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
You’ve heard that line a million times. But how accurate is it really? WebMd says that working out is a great way to relax your mind and body. At a minimum, try to find 30 minutes three times a week to reap the benefits.
Food Can Not Take Away Your Pain
For those of you who eat when you’re stressed, stop that! Shape reports that foods such as caffeine, alcohol, refined sugars and high-sodium items can actually make things worse for you. Prevention says that if you want to eat your stress away, aim for avocados, berries, and believe it or not, cashews.
Take a deep breath
Okay, now let it out. How do you feel? NPR says that breathing is one of the best ways to reduce stress. They claim that it has been scientifically proven to affect the brain, heart, digestive system and immune system. Certain types of breathing like the ‘firebreath’, ‘doggy pant’ and the typical ‘slow breathing’ can affect your body differently. Next time you’re weighed down by stress, think about the way you’re breathing. Maybe you’re just a breath away from feeling better.
Stop right there!
Don’t move. Don’t do anything. Taking a timeout from what you’re doing can give your body that rest it needs. Huffington Post’s article on taking timeouts says that “ the benefits oftaking timeouts are decreased stress and tension, deeper relaxation, and more energy.”
What do you do for you?
It feels like we spend half our days running around doing things for everyone else. What are you doing for yourself? CarePages reports that doing activities that we actually enjoy can help flush anxiety and stress from your system. They even suggests some types of hobbies such as playing cards, socializing, cooking and many more. Visit their site if you’re interested in more types of stress relieving ideas.
Who’s listening to you?
You’ve heard the saying, “misery loves company.” Goodtherapy report on a study ran by assistant professor at USC Marshall School of Business Sarah Townsend, who found that sharing your feelings about your problems with a person who genuinely understands you can relieve you of your stress. Next time you’re down, call someone you know and vent. It’s good for you.