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Tips to Manage Stress & Anxiety

 

Healthy Body Tips

  • Meditate it out.

    The “mental silence” that goes along with meditation may have positive effects on stress, especially the work-related kind.

  • Exercise.

    That post-exercise endorphin rush is one way to sharply cut stress. Go for a quick walk around the block, take the stairs up and down a few flights, or do some stretching exercises like head rolls and shoulder shrugs.

  • Try some light yoga.

    The combination of deep breathing techniques and yoga poses work to reduce stress.

  • Get a massage.

    Getting a good ol’ rub down may do more than alleviate physical pain. It may also be beneficial for fighting stress and help improve body image.

Create a Nurturing Environment

  • Spark up some scents.

    Studies suggest aromatherapy can be a good way to relieve stress. Certain aromas, like lavender, have been consistently shown to reduce stress levels.

  • Crank some tunes.

    OK maybe don’t crank them. But music can help relieve stress in a variety of ways. From triggering biochemical stress reducers to assisting in treating stress associated with medical procedures. It can lower blood pressure, heart rate, and anxiety.

  • Drink tea.

    One study found that drinking black tea leads to lower post-stress cortisol levels and greater feelings of relaxation. Plus it’s awfully tasty.

Easy Relaxation Methods

  • Laugh it off.

    Laughter can reduce the physical effects of stress, such as fatigue, on the body. Don’t underestimate the power of a good belly laugh to boost endorphins and improve your mood.

  • Breathe deeply.

    Taking a deep breath can lower cortisol levels, which can also help reduce stress and anxiety. Studies suggest deep breathing can also cause a temporary drop in blood pressure.

  • Take a nap.

    Napping has been shown to reduce cortisol levels, which aids in stress relief. So try pounding some z’s.

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