Would you be surprised to know that biological stress is actually a common finding these days? Symptoms of stress existed long ago, but it wasn’t until the 1950s that Hans Selye, an endocrinologist, identified documented stress. If you find yourself stressed out lately, as most of us do, here are some things to try to better manage it.
Listen to Music
If you find that you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed out over a particular situation, consider turning on some relaxing music. Take a break and relax. By playing calm music, there’s a positive effect it has on the brain as well as the body. It can help with lowering blood pressure and cortisol which contributes to stress.
Talk it Out
Do you have someone you can trust? A family member or close friend? Consider calling them or having them come over to talk about what’s been stressing you out lately. Having a good relationship with friends or family members can be important to any lifestyle and can help relieve some stress. Having a reassuring voice even for a mere few minutes can really help put things into perspective.
Proper diets and stress levels are closely related. When you become overwhelmed and stressed out, you may forget to eat right and that means you probably find yourself eating sugary foods, fast food, snacky foods and other foods that are not that good for you to get a quick pick-me-up.
If possible, avoid snacky foods and plan ahead. Vegetables and fruits are always a good choice to turn to. Fish offers high levels of Omega-3 which has been known to reduce stress and other symptoms. Tuna sandwiches can be great brain food.
Laughter is the best medicine for just about anything including stress. Laughter can help release endorphins which improve your mood and decrease levels of cortisol and adrenaline which are stress-causing hormones. Laughing can trick the nervous system into making you happy when things may not seem all the greatest.
Drink Some Tea
Large doses of caffeine can cause short-term spikes in your blood pressure. It may also cause the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis to kick into overdrive. Rather than indulging in caffeine or other energy drinks, consider a cup of green tea. There’s less than half the amount of caffeine and there are healthy antioxidants, amino acids, theanine and more that have a calming effect.
This doesn’t mean run to the gym and take part in a power lifting session or going to run a marathon. This can be something as simple as a slow stroll around the block. Take a short walk around the office every few hours. Something to get the blood circulating. This helps release endorphins which help increase your mood almost instantaneously.
Stress unfortunately is an unavoidable part of life. However, this doesn’t mean it should be ignored. Take the time to take care of yourself and your well-being. Stress left untreated can really take a toll on the mental health of you and can weaken the immune system as well. Stress can be managed though with these helpful remedies as well as many others.