5 Tips To Manage Stress
- Emily Fothergill
- April 14, 2022
What is Stress?
Stress is the body’s reaction to a perceived threat. It helps your body prepare for difficult situations by stimulating the release of adrenaline, cortisol, and other hormones. These hormones instruct organs to release glucose and fatty acids that provide us with quick energy. When we’re stressed or anxious, our heart rate increases and breathing becomes faster in order to supply more oxygen-rich blood to the muscles so they can be prepared for action. This is also known as the "fight or flight" reaction.
1) Manage your time and set realistic deadlines
If you have ever felt overwhelmed or unable to cope at work, you need to manage your time and set realistic deadlines. The most important thing to remember is that you are only one person and there are only so many hours in the day, setting yourself up for failure by setting unrealistic goals will just create more stress for yourself.
If you have trouble managing your time, try using an app like RescueTime or Toggl which can help you track how much time you spend on different activities during the day.
2) Exercise regularly to help release endorphins and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety
Exercise is a great way to release endorphins and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. This can be done by going for a run, going on a bike ride, or even playing some sports. It's important to set aside time for exercise because it can make you feel better about yourself, which will lead to less stress and more happiness.
Exercising regularly has been shown to have many benefits including reducing stress levels and improving moods. Exercise is proven to release endorphins which are neurotransmitters that act as natural painkillers in the brain. This means that exercising regularly can also help relieve pain from chronic conditions such as arthritis or fibromyalgia.
In addition to this, exercise has been shown to improve moods by releasing serotonin in the brain (which is another neurotransmitter).
3) Take care of your diet - eat well-balanced meals
Good nutrition is a key to health and wellbeing. That’s why it’s important to choose a diet that is balanced, varied, and suited to your needs.
A healthy diet can help you maintain your weight, improve your physical fitness and reduce the risk of developing certain diseases.
It can also help you feel less stressed and more confident. Eating well can even give you more energy!
4) Get enough sleep - stay away from stimulants like caffeine in the evening or night hours
We all know the importance of sleep. It’s not just the time we spend in bed, but how well we sleep that determines how well-rested we feel and how much better our cognitive function is, allowing us to cope with stressful situations.
It’s been well-documented that caffeine can negatively have a negative impact on our ability to sleep. It can also increase anxiety, disrupt your appetite and make you feel jittery. This is because it stimulates the central nervous system which is what causes those feelings.
5) Meditate - try different meditation
Meditation is a practice that is gaining more and more popularity and is a great way of de stressing. It has been scientifically proven to have many benefits for your mental health and well-being.
There are many different types of meditation techniques. The best way to find out which one suits you the most is to try them all.
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