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Too much stress can have an adverse effect on health and well-being and there’s nothing worse than stress getting the better of you. The numerous work deadlines, career dilemmas, and personal commitments generate migraines, bitten fingernails, and bad eating habits; finding yourself indulging in too many naughty snacks or sometimes not eating at all. But don’t allow stress to become a regular occurrence in your daily life, or worse the cause of bad health and unhappiness.
Here are 7 quick and easy stress busters to free yourself from worry.
Jumpstart your morning by focusing your attention on your breathing. When we are stressed, many of us experience shallow breathing, which means that we breathe using only our chests and restrict the oxygen circulation in our bodies. Taking deep breaths to lead by abdominal movement, ensures the brain is getting the maximum oxygen as well as putting your body at ease. Practicing meditation daily will help you breathe effectively.
When you have a lot to do it’s easy to create a ridiculously long list that is impossible to complete in one day. Structuring your time around achievable tasks helps to reduce stress levels, allowing you to be pleased with what you have accomplished at the end of each day.
A relaxing bath
A bath is a perfect way to relieve stress and ease the mind and body. Fill your tub with bubbles and scented oils, switch on soothing music and light a candle to relax your nerves and indulge in a private getaway. This will give you the opportunity to zone out and simply let go for a while, even if it’s only 20 minutes this can do wonders for frazzled nerves.
Have a cuppa tea
During stressful periods drinking at regular intervals is important to nourish and hydrate your mind. Go for a cup of herbal tea (skip the caffeine!) to calm your nerves and refresh yourself with nutritious goodness. Specifically, green tea has been found to work as an anti-depressant, so take a sip next time you’re feeling a little down.
Beat the sweat
One word: endorphins, or happy hormones. Getting twenty minutes of light exercise is enough to increase our dopamine level significantly. At given breaks unwind at the gym or in a quiet area at home by doing exercise, whether it is swimming, yoga, cardio or dancing to your favorite music. No matter what you do, exercise is an effective way to release anxiety and tension, enhancing your body’s capability and your mind’s well-being.
Closing the laptop and getting away from your workstation, gives our minds and eyes a break from a stressful task. Going into a different room to talk to a relative or phoning a friend/partner to gossip helps to refocus our energy on others and ourselves. A motivational talk or a little laugh can put yourself in a good mood, releasing tension and setting you up for the rest of the day.
Author: Samantha Lippiatt
Samantha is an entrepreneur, healthy lifestyle advocate and co-founder of Australia’s first specialty wellness travel company Health and Fitness Travel. Samantha has an unbridled enthusiasm for all things travel, health and fitness and is committed to providing healthy holidays options that not only enhance but change lives. Samantha’s goal is to bring wellness tourism into mainstream acceptance in Australia and showcase that taking care of yourself can be both a very enjoyable and rewarding experience.