The presence of this stress in our bodies may account for chronic muscle pain, headaches, digestion problems, and even more serious problems, like depression and heart disease. There are many ways to deal with stress. We’ve listed eight points, mentioned by psychologist Emma Kenny in an interview with NetDoctor. Read them below…
- Exercise: Nature’s cure all is without a doubt exercise, and no surprise, it can also help with stress. Because stress hormones are specifically for boosting energy in the body, even light activity can help burn these hormones off.
2. Beverages: Coffee and alcohol are staples for people living in cities: one boosts you forward, while the other helps you relax at home. However, both can make you more anxious. Herbal and decaffeinated teas are far better for you.
3. Listen to what you love: Listening to music you particularly favour can reduce stress, according to a study, by dilating blood vessels and slowing blood flow.
4. Introverted or extroverted? – Kenny says: ‘Lots of people assume they need to spend quiet time on their own when they’re feeling stressed. For some of us, a peaceful night in is essential for relaxation. But if you’re extroverted and get your energy from being around others, you may find too much time alone drains you.’
5. Mindfulness: Mindfulness has become a catch-all term for simply ‘being in touch’ with yourself. While mindfulness apps, like Headspace, can help you destress, so can simpler activities, like your favourite hobby, whether it’s painting model planes or gardening.
6. Go herbal: Herbal treatments for anxiety and stress, like lavender oil, have been shown to as effective as conventional medicine.
7. ‘Forest-bathing’: Known as Shinrin-yoku in Japan, forest bathing means simply immersing yourself in nature. Research from the University of Exeter showed that walking in nature can improve a bad mood.
8: Be thankful: Feeling gratitude can help. Listing five things you are grateful for each day has been proven to lift your mood and reduce stress by a study conducted in the US.