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Everyone experiences stress from time to time, but contrary to belief, not all stress is bad. Stress can motivate you to perform, like when you need to take a test.
Stress can even potentially save your life. When you face danger, your body goes into what is called “fight” or “flight,” where your body either prepares to face the danger or flee from the danger.
Although stress can be a form of motivation and potentially lifesaving, it can also wreak havoc on your health when you experience it long-term.
What are the Signs of Stress
Stress can affect you physically or mentally and many times it can affect you in both ways at the same time. Either way, you need to know the signs so you can develop a plan to deal with your stress in healthy ways.
Physical Signs You Could Be Stressed
Body aches and pains
Frequent colds and infections
Decrease sexual drive
Mental Signs You Could Be Stress
Sadness or depression
Also Read: 10 Effective Ways to Deal with Anxiety Without Medication
10 Simple Ways to Decrease Your Stress
1.) Pamper Yourself like the Queen you are
Once a week, pamper yourself by doing DIY facials or taking a trip to the nail salon. Make sure you turn off your phone and get rid of any distractions to enjoy your experience thoroughly.
2.) Drink Tea
Kava, valerian, passionflower, chamomile, peppermint, lemon balm, and lavender tea are all teas that have been reported to have a calming effect. My personal favorite is chamomile tea.
Natural teas are great, but if you take any prescription medications or are pregnant consult with your doctor to make sure they are ok to drink.
3.) Read yourself into another world
Reading provides you a means to escape life through imagination temporarily.
One study found that reading can reduce your stress by an astounding 68%, because “your mind is invited into a literary world that is free from the stressors that plague your daily life.”
My favorite book at the moment is “You Are A Badass” by Jen Sincero. Check her book out HERE.
4.) Relax in Some Suds
Soak your stress away in a warm bubble bath. Add a special treat such as a bath bomb, lavender Epson salt, or essential oils to make yourself feel extra special.
5.) Laugh Out Loud
Laughing out loud can put you in a happier mood. So watch a funny movie, call up a funny friend and laugh until your gut hurt.
Exercise may be the last thing on your mind when you are stressed, but trust me, once you get up and start moving, you will feel much better due to the “feel good” hormones that are released in the brain.
7.) Bump Some Music
Music is, by far, my favorite way to de-stress. I like upbeat, happy music, but anything that puts you in a better mood… Blast it, and dance like no one is watching. Once you hear a song that you like or love, save it to a playlist so you can play it when you want.
8.) Ditch Technology For a Bit
Believe it or not, increased stimulation from technology overloads your mind. It can cause stress, anxiety and even depression. Take a break from technology and allow your mind to relax.
9.) Become a Sleeping Beauty
Not getting enough sleep can increase your stress levels. Make sure you are getting 7-8 hours of sleep.
10.) Essential Oils
Essential oils have been around for many years and all for a good reason. Natural oils such as lavender, chamomile, frankincense, and rose can help boost your mood and help you relax.
Depending on the essential oil, it can be used in a diffuser, used while you are taking a bath, rubbed on your skin, or ingested.
If you are taking prescribed medication or are pregnant please consult with your doctor before using essential oils.
Someone once said, ” Tne one thing that is inevitable in life is change.” If you ask me, stress is also something that is inevitable, but now you have tool kit of ideas to bust stress right in the face. Now go decrease your stress and be great.
Results may vary. Information and statements made are for general purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Her Own Health does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Her Own Health are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.
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