Stress causes the body to go into high alert mood, heightening feelings and body sensations. One of the quickest and most effective ways to reduce these sensations is to engage the body in physical activity. A short walk around the block or the office or tackling household chores with intensity, can reduce physical symptoms of stress in as little as five minutes. Practicing physical activity on a daily basis can ease a build up of stress.
It is difficult to be stressed and relaxed at the same time, so taking part in a form of relaxation such as deep breathing, or yoga can quickly reduce stress. Another way to relax quickly is to engage in a fun activity. Talking to a friend on the phone, watching a funny DVD or remembering a funny joke, can change the mindset and release stress.
Feelings of stress can build if kept inside. Sharing with a friend or family member about problems can reduce feelings of stress and often lead to a solution. Another handy way to address stressful emotions is to record feelings in a journal. This can lessen problems by putting them into perspective and making them easier to understand.
When an individual is feeling stressed, the mind may process certain problems continually, contributing to even more stress. Engaging the mind by reading a magazine or working on a crossword puzzle can change focus and de-stress the mind. Talking to another person, whether a friend or a stranger, can be beneficial in changing the mind’s focus and de-stressing.
Sitting at home alone stewing over a stressful situation is more likely to increase feelings of stress. Socializing is a much better way to de-stress. Whether it be with family and friends, a social club or working out at the gym, sharing with others is a great way to de-stress.
A good night’s sleep is an effective way to de-stress, but many individuals who are stressed have difficulty falling asleep. A helpful solution to tossing and turning is to keep a notebook by the bed to record problems that lead to worrying during the night. Writing issues down and committing to addressing them the next day, can often encourage a good night’s rest.
These simple solutions are helpful ways to de-stress and enjoy life to the fullest. However, if symptoms of stress continue, a medical professional should be consulted.
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