Since 1992, April has been designated as stress awareness month. Stress can, potentially, take a drastic toll on the body. Chronic stress can lead to more serious health risks, like high blood pressure, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. That’s why taking a little “me time” is so valuable. We’ve rounded up five simple ways you can reduce stress ASAP.
Honestly, doing nothing for just five minutes can work miracles on a person’s stress levels. Pranayama, or conscious breathing, is a technique utilized in Yoga to effectively unite the body and mind. Try this five-minute breathing sesh to immediately lower heart rate and re-focus on your daily intentions.
Science suggests that reading, silently, for just six minutes, can drastically reduce heart rate and muscle tension. Just another wonderful reason we should spend more time reading, right?
With the emergence of a few warmer Spring days, get out and enjoy the beautiful sunshine. Not only does sunlight stimulate those “feel good” feelings, it’s been proven to enhance mood and reduce stress. Walking provides the same benefits, as well as a much-needed cardiovascular boost.
After a hectic afternoon of answering work emails and texts, take a few moments to recharge at the end of the day. Studies have suggested that people who unplug from their devices report feeling more refreshed and well-rested the next morning.
Feeling overwhelmed can sometimes stem from a messy workspace or desk. But take things a step further and consider detoxing your diet, Facebook newsfeed, closet, email inbox, etc. All of these things can reduce stress in the long-term.