Most people these days have very hectic schedules allowing little or no time to deal with stress. Stress can take a toll on your health, attitudes, and nearly all areas of your life. Here are some good tips for dealing with stress. Click on link to learn more about these ways to unwind.
Are you the type of person who worries about every little thing? If the stress in your life is outweighing the joy, it’s time to start improving your mindset. Stress and anxiety can have harmful effects on the body, especially if you live in a constant state of worry. While prescription medication can benefit many people, you don’t have to be a slave to your pharmacist to rid yourself of anxiety. Here are five natural ways that you can rid yourself of worry:
One of the best ways that you can relieve stress and anxiety is to practice the art of quieting your mind. If you can stick with meditation, you will find that you reap the benefits rather quickly. In a few short months, your heart rate will slow, your blood pressure will drop, and you’ll find that those little things that used to stress you out are no longer such a big issue. Download a guided meditation app to your mobile device and give it a try.
You may not believe it, but what you eat can have an effect on your mood. If you live with anxiety, take a good, hard look at your diet. People who sustain themselves on refined sugars, carbohydrates and caffeine often find it more difficult to relax. Avoid changing your diet rapidly; you’ll only fall back into your old habits. Instead, begin substituting one food a week for something healthier. For instance, if you find yourself dying for something crunchy at lunch, ditch the chips and pick up an apple. Next week, continue with your apple and trade your white bread for whole grain. Continue on in this manner until you’ve transformed your diet from ho-hum to healthy.
The next time that you feel as though the weight of the world is on your shoulders, lace up your tennis shoes and get moving. Stress suppresses the natural feel-good chemicals in your brain; exercise increases them. You don’t have to become a marathon runner to beat your worry, simply take a 20 minute walk with the dog each night. The exercise will benefit both your body and your mind.
4.Groom the Dog
Speaking of your dog, or cat, did you know that people who live with animals are naturally less anxious than people that don’t? When you’re feeling particularly stressed out, sit down with your pet and give it a good brush out. The simple, repetitive motion of brushing your pet will put you into a relaxed state. Not only will you lose some of your anxiety, but your pet will look like a movie star by the time you’re finished.
It can be difficult to get a good night’s sleep when you suffer with anxiety or stress. Many people find that adjusting their sleep habits can alleviate much of their worry. You may have to fight through insomnia for a few nights, but you’ll feel better if you can get yourself on a schedule. Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning. Remove distractions from your bedroom, paint your walls in a calming color and add light-blocking shades to your windows if necessary. Make it your goal to get seven to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep each night.
There is nothing wrong with taking medication for your anxiety if it is recommended by your doctor. Whether you choose to follow these tips on their own or combine them with the prescription medication is a personal decision. Either way, using natural remedies for your anxiety will give you more energy, calm your mind and, as a side effect, improve your health.
Stress is part of the body’s natural, protective response system. It can help you out of a dangerous situation, or make you perform better at work and in life. However, if stress is not managed properly it can have a negative effect on work, relationships and even your skin. Stress can cause aging, wrinkles, blemishes and even skin cancer. On the other hand, happiness can improve the blood flow causing a skin-glowing effect. Here are some of the affects of stress on your skin and what you can do to improve it.
Were you greeted by the mirror this morning with dark, under-eye circles or wrinkles on your forehead? You might think that walking around with that frown is causing premature wrinkles. The truth is that when we don’t take time out of our busy schedules for ourselves, premature aging skin is a common problem. Unhealthy eating habits, lack of exercise and lack of sleep are all reasons your face may start to take on an aged look. Exercise is a great stress beater releasing endorphins in the body ands or wrinkles on your forehead? You might think that walking around with that frown is causing in the body and giving you an instant high. It can also improve your mood, help with sleep habits and improve blood flow causing oxygenation for skin cells. Your health is worth at least 20 minutes a day to walk, run, dance or ride a bike to start improving your skin and overall health. Breathing exercises also improve skin by boosting oxygen levels. Try 20 minutes of meditation with cold teabags or a cold spoon under the eyes to relieve stress and minimize under-eye circles.
Acne and Eczema
Stress causes the body to produce a hormone called cortisol which makes your skin produce more oil causing acne. Take time out to care for your skin. Drying creams or lotions can help excess oil that causes blemishes. Drink plenty of water to hydrate your skin naturally. Stress causes pre-existing conditions, like eczema, to trigger flare-ups due to a lowered immune system which limits the body’s ability to fight off illnesses and limits the skin’s healing levels. What’s a fun way to improve your immune system? Laughter has much of the same effect as exercise, activating the immune system and even lowering blood pressure. Take time out for a movie night and watch a comedy.
A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute showed that chronic stress combined with UV radiation caused suppression of the immune system. The tumors developed by the mice in the study were shown to be squamous cell skin cancers, a fairly common, non-melanoma cancer, which usually occurs on the face. Protect yourself from UV rays by wearing facial cream with at least SPF 15 every day. Recognize when you are stressed. Muscles will be tight and breathing might be labored. Calm yourself with your senses. Burn a candle: lavender and citrus are great aromatherapy stress relievers. Listen to soothing music. If you are not in to soothing calming sounds, that’s okay! Upbeat, high-energy music can also improve mood and decrease stress. Keep a journal and write positive thoughts before the start of each day.
The power of a positive attitude is underrated. Have some Chamomile tea before bed and have a good night’s sleep. Improve your body’s overall defenses with simple stress management techniques and taking time for yourself.
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