4 Great Ways To Reduce Stress In Your Life
We live in a multi-tasking world where we do our internet banking on the bus ride to work, we study while watching our favourite TV show and we cook dinner while helping the kids with their homework. Between work commitments, studying, family life and social activities, it can be hard not to feel run down and stressed. Here are 4 ways to reduce and manage stress in your life.
1) Eat well
The age old saying, you are what you eat. We know it applies to your physical state and it very much also applies to your mental wellbeing. What we eat and drink largely impacts our emotional state. Therefore, it is important to eat a healthy and balanced diet.
During times of stress, we often turn to comfort foods such as pizza, chocolate, ice cream and more. Ironically, these high-fat foods are usually the worst possible choices because they can make us feel lethargic and less able to deal with stress. If you feel fatigued, don’t look for a quick-fix sugary treat to perk you up because it will be short lived. Try to avoid fatty, fried food for a convenient lunch. As tempting as it is to down multiple cups of coffee during a long day, or grab an unhealthy but cheap lunch, consuming unhealthy food and drink will exacerbate stress and anxiety.
2) Listen to music
Listening to music can be a great way to relax and unwind. The soothing power of music is well documented and has a unique link to our emotions. For this reason, the act of listening to music can be an extremely effective stress management tool. Slow, quiet, classical music can have a beneficial effect on our physiological functions including slowing the pulse and heart rate, lowering blood pressure and decreasing the level of stress hormones.
Get moving and start managing your stress. Whether its yoga, a bike ride, running or a stroll with friends, virtually any form of exercise can act as a stress reliever. If you’re not an athlete or you’re not quite in shape, don’t worry! Simply 10 minutes of activity can be enough to remove you from the stress of whatever is bothering you. Exercise gives you the time to think, breathe and concentrate on something new. Not to mention it pumps up your endorphins – your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters!
4) Grab those Zzz’s
Have you ever heard of a person who has had little sleep the night before but is totally relaxed and productive the next day? Didn’t think so. Sleep is a way for the body’s stress hormone levels to return to normal – to reset so to speak. Make sure that you get the recommended 8 hours of sleep per day. The quality of sleep is just as important as the number of hours. Tossing and turning, or having your sleep interrupted can still leave you tired. The most important thing is to break the sleep/ stress cycle. Often when we are stressed and have many things going on, we stay up late to finish the project. Doing so, cuts into our sleeping time and we wake up the following morning sleep deprived and still stressed. So the vicious stress/sleep cycle continues. Be realistic and stick to a routine bedtime – it can help to clear the chaos.
About the Author: Nicole Schaerer
Nicole Schaerer is Ivy College’s vibrant Content Marketing Executive. A young gun with a curious mind, she has over 4 years’ experience in Marketing. Holding a degree in Social Science and a Diploma of Marketing, she is always looking to learn something new. Nicole has a passion for writing and producing great content while also obsessing over TV shows, celebrities and really cute photos of puppies on Instagram.