Do you have days that your stress needle is about to blow? You know that stress is bad for you, but you are either not sure how to decrease it or even thinking about it stresses you out. You are not alone. Over 47% of Americans feel that their stress levels are affecting their lives and their health.
The first 17 tips we have discussed in our 31 Tips: Living a Proactive Lifestyle will help you decrease the stress to your physical body and may even help you emotionally, but today let’s really look into why we need to decrease our stress and some techniques to move that needle.
5 Reasons to Decrease Stress
- Stress is listed as a cause for most diseases.
- Stress may cause adrenal fatigue: Stress causes hormonal issues, exhaustion and these two can lead to adrenal fatigue.
- Stress may cause memory problems. Studies examining memory have found stress affects how well we can remember things. The more stressed out we are, the more our short-term and long-term memories are affected. Chronic stress has also been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in the elderly.
Truthfully, I could have just listed number one. It pretty much encompasses why you need to decrease stress, but the other four help you to see that stress will affect multiple areas of your body in many ways. Ready to Decrease Stress?
10 Ways to Decrease Stress
- Listen to calm music: Calming music has been found to have a positive effect on the brain and body, it has been shown to lower blood pressure, and reduce cortisol, a hormone linked to stress.
- Pray: Research shows that people who pray and use their spirituality to cope with life are better able to cope with stress.
- Talk to a friend: Taking a break away from that which is causing you the stress and talking it over with a friend can put everything into perspective and help calm your nerves.
- Eat right: Fruits and vegetables are always good, and fish with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce the symptoms of stress.
- Laugh: Laughter releases endorphins that improve mood and decrease levels of the stress-causing hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. Laughing tricks your nervous system into making you happy.
- Drink tea: Unlike coffee, tea has a calming effect on the nervous system.
- Be mindful: Yoga, tai chi and Pilates, incorporate physical and mental exercises that prevent stress from becoming a problem.
- Get moving: When you begin to feel stressed get your blood moving. Even a minute of movement will releases endorphins and can improve your mood almost instantaneously.
- Sleep: A good night’s sleep will decrease your stress.
- Breathe: This may be the most simple yet most effective way to lose the stress. Breathe in and out slowly and deeply, concentrating on your lungs as they expand fully in your chest. While shallow breathing causes stress, deep breathing oxygenates your blood, helps center your body, and clears your mind.
Putting It All Together
We know that stress is not healthy for us, yet we often choose things in our life that increase our stress. Living a proactive lifestyle is taking your health seriously and decreasing stress in your life. This is an area that is often difficult for many people. Some may not even realize they are stressed or think they handle stress well, until they are given a diagnosis and the doctor tells them they need to decrease the stress in their lives.
If you are not sure how proactive you are currently living then I invite you to take the Wellness Quiz to find out your Wellness Score.
If you would like to learn more about ways and tools to decrease your stress click here. Our Growing E-Course goes deeper into how we can live a more proactive lifestyle. If you would like to take part in our Free Growing E-Course click here.
I am enjoying this write 31 days challenge and I hope that you are finding these tips beneficial to living a more proactive lifestyle. There are other bloggers that I have found doing the #write31days that you may enjoy reading also. Feel free to check out how this blogger deals with stress.
Shawna Cale, Got-Oils? Administrator
I am a M.O.M: Mom on a Mission to help educate and empower other mom’s to build healthy homes and bodies, and have the energy to do the things they enjoy with their families.