It’s #StressAwarenessMonth so we’ve listed five ways to help you stay relaxed and cope with stress throughout everyday life.
- Breathe deeply
Tricking your body into thinking it’s relaxed is actually scientifically proven to reduce stress levels. The most suggestive indicator of relaxation to your body is the breath, and taking a few deep breaths now and again will boost oxygen levels, reducing tension and relieving stress.
- Go for a walk
Any moderate exercise will help to boost the production of serotonin and reduce stress hormones, which keeps the brain happy. A quick walk is a simple way to calm the body and mind, particularly within a natural setting to allow reflection.
- Listen to some music
Playing your favourite tune isn’t just ‘music to the ears’, in fact, the brain loves it too. While classical music has a particularly soothing effect, any music that you love will flood your brain with feel-good neurochemicals like dopamine which will leave you singing all day.
- Eat a snack
This doesn’t mean to say that you should finish off the biscuit tin. However, there is a strong connection between the stomach and the brain so picking up a snack (preferably healthy) and letting your brain know that you’re remaining energised can help to lower stress.
- Stay positive
Last, but not least, remain positive! It’s easier said than done, but smiling and laughing have both been proven to reduce stress levels and to give your body the impression that you’re happy, so even if you don’t mean it, smile!