How to combat stress and anxiety
Stress and anxiety are common experiences for most people. We all know stress has a knock on effect and left untreated will often cause more severe health issues. In many cases it is about aknowleging the onset of stress and dealing with it. There are many things we can do to help deal with stress and even prevent it. Let’s have a look at a popular few.
Exercise: Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to combat stress. It might seem contradictory, but putting physical stress on your body through exercise can relieve mental stress. The benefits are strongest when you exercise regularly. It is a medical fact that people who exercise regularly are less likely to experience anxiety than those who don’t exercise at all. Try to find an exercise routine or activity you enjoy, such as walking, running, golf, dancing or yoga.
Write it down: One way to handle stress is to write things down.While recording what you’re stressed about is one approach, another is jotting down what you’re grateful for.Gratitude may help relieve stress and anxiety by focusing your thoughts on what’s positive in your life.
Spend time with friends and family
Social support from friends and family can help you get through stressful times.Being part of a friend network gives you a sense of belonging and self-worth, which can help you in tough times. Studies have found that for women in particular, spending time with friends and children helps release oxytocin, a natural stress reliever. This effect is called “tend and befriend,” and is the opposite of the fight-or-flight response. Keep in mind that both men and women benefit from friendship.
Learn to say no: Not all stressors are within your control, but some are.Take control over the parts of your life that you can change and are causing you stress.One way to do this is to say “no” more often.
Intimacy: Cuddling, kissing, hugging and sex can all help relieve stress.Positive physical contact can help release oxytocin and lower cortisol. This can help lower blood pressure and heart rate, both of which are physical symptoms of stress.
Listen to soothing music
Listening to music can have a very relaxing effect on the body.Slow-paced instrumental music can induce the relaxation response by helping lower blood pressure and heart rate as well as stress hormones.Nature sounds can also be very calming. This is why they’re often incorporated into relaxation and meditation music.
Although stress and anxiety may arise in your life do not let it take control. Take positive actions to combat stress and your mind and body will thank you for it.