Too much work, but too little time and too little sleep: physical and mental stress is not healthy in the long run.
Those who are constantly stressed, suffer from symptoms such as headache, muscle twitching, dizziness, restlessness and difficulty concentrating. Over time, cardiovascular problems may also occur. To avoid such consequences, it is important to do something against the stress in good time. Here are top 10 anti-stress tips that can help you ease the strain.
1. Do sports, be active
Sport is probably the stress killer par excellence. And rightly so, because sports reduce stress effectively and provide more well-being. Especially recommended are endurance sports such as jogging, swimming or rowing, which put the body in a meditative state. But even a walk is enough to switch off and do something against the stress.
Who needs a special motivation to overcome the accumulated inner tension can try it once with a pedometer. It counts every step you take – just 5,000 steps a day is enough to increase your well-being.
2. Cook something delicious
Cooking or baking is a perfect occupation to relieve stress. Working in the kitchen makes us concentrated, without overwhelming us. Certain activities, such as vegetable slicing, also have a calming effect. After cooking, a delicious menu will be waiting for us – that too helps to relax. So grab your partner or some friends and get started.
In stressful situations certain foods are highly recommended – and that is not just chocolate. Rather, the supply of potassium, magnesium and B vitamins is important for the body. That’s why you should choose foods such as whole grains, legumes, bananas, broccoli, dried fruits.
Laughter is probably the best way to reduce stress. Just laugh loud and hearty – even if there is no specific reason for it. When laughing the body releases the happiness hormone – serotonin. If you like it a little less loud, you can just close your eyes, relax and smile. Again, serotonin is released.
4. Drink a cup of natural relaxation tea (avoid artificially flavoured)
Drinking a cup of natural relaxation tea has something cozy about it. Therefore, a warm tea is also well suited to reduce stress.
In addition to the variety, the way in which you drink tea is particularly important: A hastily drunk tea will hardly provide more relaxation. Instead, take a few minutes to sit comfortably on the sofa and enjoy the warm drink in calm manner. Tea blends with balm, hops or lavender are ideal for relaxing
5. Look at holiday pictures
Holiday is the time of the year, when you leave the stress of everyday life behind and do something good.
Unfortunately, the holiday feeling usually vanishes too fast. With a few tricks you can bring back the relaxed holiday mood. Take your time and take a look at some holiday pictures. In particular, remember how you felt in each situation. With a pleasant scent or soft music, you can enhance the relaxing effect.
6. Take the time for yourself
Who always has something to do and is constantly stressed, overlooks one thing seriously: taking time for yourself. So it’s time to catch up. Think about what you really wanted to do in the last few weeks, but in the end it was always too short. It does not matter whether you read a book in peace or finally want to make a balloon trip. Treat yourself to something that you really feel like at the moment and switch off your sense of duty for at least a few hours.
Constant stress usually means that we sleep too little – and sometimes this can last for weeks. In addition, the quality of sleep is usually worsened in people who are under lots of stress. A few restless nights, can easily be ignored, but in the long run, this can have extremely harmful effect on the body.
Chronic sleep deprivation leads to an increased release of the stress hormone cortisol. In addition, the body also has less time to regenerate – usually the body recovers in sleep from the efforts of the day. Sleep well on the weekend days: your body will thank you!
9. Dancing as a stress killer
Dancing is also recommended against stress. Dancing burns many calories, but it’s also a lot of fun. Especially the combination of movement and music makes dancing a real stress killer. If you prefer something more quiet, you can try yoga.
10. Enjoy consciously
If you’re stressed, you’ll probably be overwhelmed with sensations all day long. In order to do something against the stress, you should try to consciously perceive impressions and to enjoy things. For example, let a piece of chocolate slowly melt on your tongue – this has a double effect: on the one hand, the conscious enjoyment relaxes, on the other, the chocolate ensures that a lot of happiness hormones are released. So the stress has no chance!
Written By Tyara Wolf
Psychology and Personal Development