Stress is everywhere, and we experience them in small or heavy doses. Not all stress is good, in other cases, it can be a built up of something toxic and harmful to our physicality and mentality. Some days we are so packed with responsibilities and tasks that it can be overwhelming and need to take your next couple days steady to calm down or take the day off to recharge.
We aren’t built the same way to cope with stress. We find what works for us, our body and mind. A step of seeing what works is noticing our stress response. How do we react in moments of stress? Is it more physical or emotional? Do we get angry and lash out, frustrated, cry, get anxious, cravings, or headaches? It doesn’t have to be one or the other because you might have a combination of the two.
Knowing how our body reacts to stress is essential to discovering ways to alleviate some of the stress and to cope with it. When you notice your body getting stress, it is time to release it to avoid building tension and having severe effects on our body. What are some of the ways you can release stress? Check out our list below.
Mediation is a common and popular choice to reduce stress but to promote emotional health. If you experience an emotional response from stress, mediation helps train your mind and redirect moods and thoughts. It’s an excellent way of clearing the mind from pressures we face daily and to have a calming effect on our body by focusing on our breathing. You don’t have to specially train to meditate, find a quiet place to sit at and focus on your breathing for three minutes when starting out. Mediation allows you to increase your surrounding awareness and of yourself. There are many perks to taking a couple of minutes to mediate such as sleeping better, control your anxiety, improve your concentration, and reconnecting with yourself and others.
Yoga is for everyone, not just women! Yoga is a discipline which encompasses physical, mental, and spiritual practices such as breath control and mediation. If you’re an emotional and physical responder to stress, then yoga might be for you. In addition to being a way of gaining flexibility and strength, yoga can serve many purposeful benefits for our body. Yoga allows us to perfect our posture, promote bone health, release tension in your limbs and muscles, helps you focus and relax your system, and ease the pain. Sometimes when we do continuous work without a break or some movement, we can stress out muscles out which result into ache or pain. Stretching out our limbs can ease the pain and stress we feel. If you’re looking for a way to clear your mind but add some physicality, yoga can provide you.
When we say exercise, we mean it as a broad umbrella term to all forms of activity whether it’s aerobics, running, cycling, or swimming, to name a few. Stress can make us lash out with anger, frustration, or in negative ways and instead of lashing out toward others we can use that energy to exercise. Some workouts or exercise classes are perfect to let some steam out and enjoy yourself, to have fun and something for yourself that makes you feel good. For example, if you’re searching for a way to let out the anger try boxing or kickboxing classes, get into shape while releasing some of the stress with every hit.
Make room for a 30-minute massage to undo the knots found in your shoulders and back. Yes, you will feel some pain if you have knots but trust me they are so worth it because at the end of your 30-minute massage you’ll feel calmer and relaxed. Perfect to go home and lounge on your couch or bed and enjoy a restful sleep. Massages help reduce muscular pain, tension, and improve your circulation. As we mentioned before, stress affects our body in many ways including headaches, neck and shoulder pain, and back pain. What we feel during a stressful day can start to build if we don’t cope with it or take the time to release it. There are various types of massages you can try and enjoy. Have a spa day, get pampered for the evening or day.
Take Personal Day
After having a busy week of non-stop work, it can be tiring to get back into the rhythm of non-stop when you been to feel worn out. Taking the day off means taking the day to indulge yourself in your pleasures whether it’s going to the movies, going to the beach, to an amusement park, or doing one of your hobbies. It’s about doing something for yourself that alleviates the stress by disconnecting from work or anything related to your stress. When we find ourselves doing the things we enjoy after a heavy day or week is the best way to relax and recharge from the energy we pour out in our responsibilities and tasks.
We all react to stress in different ways, and the sooner we find out how our response, the better we’re at in relieving some of it. The better we are at coping with our stress, the higher the chances of getting rid of some of our symptoms such as muscle aches, headaches, stress eating, and teeth clenching. Our overall health gets affected every day no matter the dose of stress we have which is why it’s critical to discover some ways of easing the tension we experience. What are some of the activities you like to do to alleviate your stress?