This is one of the most important things we can do to combat stress. It might seem contradictory, but putting physical stress on our body through exercise can relieve mental stress. Activities such as walking or jogging that involve repetitive movements of large muscle groups can be particularly stressed relieving.
The benefits are most potent when we exercise regularly. People who exercise regularly are less likely to experience anxiety than those who do not exercise.
There are a few reasons behind this:
- Stress hormones: Exercise lowers our body’s stress hormones such as cortisol in the long run. It also helps to release endorphins, which are chemicals that improve our mood and act as natural painkillers.
- Sleep: Exercise can also improve our sleep quality, which can be negatively affected by stress and anxiety.
- Confidence: When we exercise regularly, we may feel more competent and confident in our body, which promotes mental wellbeing.
- Talk to Someone
Social support from friends and family can help us get through stressful times. Being part of a friend’s network gives us a sense of belonging and self-worth, which can help us during tough times.
One study found that – Women spending time with friends and children helps release oxytocin, a natural stress reliever. This effect is called the “tend and befriend,” and is the opposite of the fight-or-flight response.
Another study too found that the fewest social connections were more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety.
- Listen to Music
Listening to music can have a very relaxing effect on our body. Slow-paced instrumental music can induce the relaxation response by helping lower blood pressure and heart rate as well as stress hormones.
Some types of classical, Celtic, Native American and Indian music can be particularly soothing, but merely listening to the music you enjoy is useful too. Nature sounds can also be very calming. This is why they’re often incorporated into relaxation and meditation music.
- Keep a Stress Diary
If all the above are not working, probably we can start a stress diary. While recording what we are stressed about is one approach, another is jotting down what we are grateful for. Gratitude may help relieve stress and anxiety by focusing on our thoughts on what’s positive in our life!
Be Grateful + Be Positive + Be Healthy!
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