Lowering your stress level is an important goal that can leave you happier and healthier.
And, with the hectic lives that most of us are learning, and being constantly connected via smartphones, email, and the digital media, lowering stress should take a priority on your to-do list.
The good news is, it’s far easier than you may think to tame tension and feel like a million bucks, no matter how busy your life is.
Here are 7 stress fixes that really work!
1. Tame Tension With An Email Diet
if you are one of these people who have an alert notification showing your on your phone, tablet, PC, etc. everytime a new email is coming, then this one is for you.
I used to be constantly checking my email, and that left me tense all day long.
So, the solution, an email diet! Now, I check my email only once a day between 12-2PM. This leaves my morning free to do important work, and also that leaves the rest of the day open to do tasks that propel me forward both personally and professionally!
New research from the University of British Columbia has confirmed that when we cut down our email checking habits to let’s say once every three hours; the participants felt instantly less stressed.
The reason behind that is, checking email constantly is time-consuming and very demanding even though it seems so easy. You see, whenever you get a new email you use a lot of brain power as you are constantly trying to decide if the email is worth it or not, this leaves your brain scattered and less focused. So say goodbye to stress and implement a new email diet that meets your needs.
2. Rev Up Your Motivation With A Handful Of Blueberries
Stop wishing for more motivation and resilience to face tough situation.
You can do that easily by eating a heaping cup of blueberries or drink at least an 8 oz of blueberry juice daily.
A number of studies show that the same pigments that make the blueberries blue, are in fact triggering the growth of new neurons in your brain’s hippocampus; the area that regulates stress, and help you stay cool, calm and collected.
So start your day with a cup of blueberries for a kick of motivation and resilience.
3. Say Hello To Calmness With Mustard
Do you know why our friendly and tasteful mustard is yellow?
A common misconception is that mustard (the kind you put on your hot dog) is yellow because of the mustard seed.
False! The mustard seed is a gray-brown in color. The striking, bold yellow color of mustard actually comes from the rootstock of a plant called turmeric.
And turmeric is chock-full of curcumin, a compound that acts like a natural anti-anxiety and anti-depressant, researchers report.
So whenever you have a sandwich, add this powerful and colorful mustard for a kick of calmness. If you’re not a big fan of the yellow, just get some turmeric pills from your local Walgreens or whole-food store.
4. Alleviate Anxiety By Talking About It
Let me clarify one thing, talking about an issue that you are facing and COMPLAINING are two different things 😉
What I am talking about here is expressing your feeling or frustration about an event or a situation to a friend or a colleague who might’ve faced a similar situation help defuse your anxiety instantly because hearing from a friend that they had a similar experience confirms to your brain that you are not alone and that it’s normal to feel anxiety and frustration at times.
5. Jam Your Way Happy With Your Favorite Tunes
Listening to your favorite tunes when feeling stressed can be a major factor in helping you stay calmer and in control. In face, a Japanese report reveals that listening to our favorite music cut down cortisol production in patients undergoing colonoscopies in a whopping 66%!
6. Give Worry The Boot With Journaling
Next time you are feeling anxious about a specific situation, such as a job interview or asking your boss for a raise, get a pen and paper and get writing.
List your strengths, your best qualities, and all that makes you YOU!
Your anxiety will melt away. If you’re wondering but why?
See worrying short-circuits your memory, while focusing on your strengths has the opposite effect, confirms Sonia Kang, Ph.D.
7. Prevent Panic Attacks With A Walk In The Park
If you ever feel the sense of a panic attack approaching as you get ready for a major event such as giving a public speech or presenting in front of a new crowd, then take a quick 30 minutes walk.
The Journal of Cognitive Behavior Therapy reports that walking briskly for 30 minutes just before a stressful event prevents panic attacks.
Walking briskly triggers the same reaction as stress as you’ll have higher heart rate, and feeling sweaty and even a little out of breath.
By doing so, your body will be used to these reactions, and it won’t stop you in your track right before a big event. Also walking and exercise in general releases the “feel good” hormones which will leave your more positive and upbeat right as you get ready for show time.
In summary, controlling you stress-level is a daily practice!
And with the seven ways, I explained above; you’ll have 7 different ways to melt away the stress with ease and most importantly naturally and almost for free!
So, give these 7 natural fixes a try!
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P.P.S. have you used one or more of these 7 ways to combat stress? If so, let me know in the comment section and if you wanna add more to the list let me know what other ways you use to melt away stress.