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How to Reduce Stress In Your Everyday Life
Looking for ways to reduce stress in your everyday life? Try one (or all!) of these!
It’s no secret that stress has an impact on our health, finding ways to understand combat stress can seem overwhelming and, well, stressful! It’s true, there are some stresses that are beneficial to your body (known as eustress), but today we’re going to talk about the tough stuff and give our tips to reduce stress.
Have you heard of oxidative stress?
Essentially, it’s the end-game of damage by free radicals; you know, those highly reactive molecules that bounce around your body causing havoc, the ones that antioxidants fight against? Well, research has shown that there is a link between chronic psychological stress and higher oxidative damage to DNA & RNA, the carriers of our genetic information.
That is what happens on a cellular level, but what then happens to our body? Chronic stress can lead to premature aging, depression, cardiovascular disease, suppression of the immune system and increased risk of cancer. While that sounds quite grim, there are some simple changes you can make to reduce stress in your life.
10 Tips to Reduce Stress
Restorative yoga is perfect for reducing stress and reviving your adrenal glands which often get worn out by daily stresses. Research shows that even after just 10 days of yoga, stress and inflammation is reduced in your body. If you’re looking for some poses to work into your day check out our Yoga for Adrenal Fatigue article.
A regular meditation practice can be extremely effective for reducing stress. Meditation calms the sympathetic nervous system (the fight or flight response) and eventually trains your brain, when confronted with a stressful situation, to respond instead with your parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest). For more on this check out our Beginner’s Guide to Meditation.
3. Get Outside
Fresh air, natural light and communing with nature are just some of the benefits of closing down your laptop and walkin’ out that door! Biophilia, the healing power of mother nature helps to reduce our stress levels. Try a walk through the forest or take a picnic to the park, you are sure to feel a natural calmness come over you.
In a recent study, hugging was associated with buffering stress and reducing severity of illness symptoms. Getting your cuddle on can boost oxytocin levels, a neurotransmitter that helps to facilitate trust and mediate fear and anxiety.
5. Drink Some Tea
Herbal teas come packed with medicinal healing properties that can help relieve stress. Not to mention the act of sitting down with a warm cup of tea is stress relieving in itself. Try chamomile, green, jasmine or peppermint to wash that stress away.
6. Antioxidant-Rich Foods
You may have already heard about antioxidants and free radicals. Blueberries, blackberries and blackcurrants are a great source of antioxidants which act against oxidative stress, which is the end-game of damage by those naughty free radicals.
7. A Warm Bath
Soaking in a bath with epsom salts will both relax your body and draw out toxins. Add essential oils for the added bonus of aromatherapy!
When you get moving your body increases serotonin and tryptophan function in your brain — which essentially makes you happy! For the best results choose regular, aerobic exercise like running, a brisk walk, power yoga, swimming, dancing or anything that raises your heart level.
Imagine the stress quite literally leaving your body through sweat. When you go to a sauna, you drink a lot of water and sweat out toxins that are swimming around in your body. Not to mention that you’re left feeling relaxed, supple and ready for a damn good night’s sleep!
Not only is sex great exercise (hell-o endorphins!), studies also suggest sex reduces stress signals in the brain that have been found to combat anxiety and improve your mood. Time to get down to business! ;)
How are you reducing stress in your daily life? Share your tips with us in the comment section below!
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