31 Jan How To Stop Feeling So Stressed
Written by Refinery 29
To completely avoid and overcome stress, is virtually impossible. This doesn’t have to be considered a and thing. Life with some stresses means you meet your deadlines, tick off your to do list and reach your goals.
Forget everything you think you know about de-stressing. Refiner 29 explains how to MANAGE your stress so that it doesn’t take over your life or wreck your health.
Below are the best four science-backed strategies to roll with the stresses.
Why should you care about stress?
Not to stress you out or anything, but the mind and body effects of too much stress are very real. Chronic stress has been linked to the developments of a myriad of health issues, from minor stomach upset to substance abuse issues, depression, and even cardiovascular disease.
For every stressful demand, big or small, your brain initiates a complicated chain reaction. The short story is, it starts with a distress signal from your brain that tells your body to pump out hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones speed your heart rate, open your lungs, and sharpen your senses.
It’s a response designed to help you deal with threats, and it’s supposed to calm down once the threat has passed. But if you can’t give your body the help it needs to relax, being on alert all the time can eventually start to take a toll on your body.
Life will always be demanding and changing. Therefore the real keys to managing your stress depend on your ability to ride the stress wave, not stop it or slow it down. Thankfully, scientists take this seriously.
4 science-backed strategies to roll with it
Aromatherapy: The benefits of essential oils are vast and in the end who doesn’t like the smell good!? We love to have essential oils burning in our yoga classes here at Power Living to create a zen-like zone.
Start a sleep routine: Those bedtime dreads of tossing and turning, counting sheep and blatantly staring up at the ceiling. Stress and insomnia look the same to our bodies and can turn into a vicious cycle. You can’t sleep because you’re stressed and your stressed you can’t sleep. Therefore a nighttime routine can look anything like going to bed at the same time every night. Limiting screen time before bed or reading a few pages of your favourite book before turning off the lights.
Practice forgiveness: A study published in the Journal of Health Psychology found link between forgiving and protection against the nasty side effects of stress on mental health. So, most importantly in the words of ‘Frozen’, “let it go!”
Get a desk plant: For all those desk sitters, getting up in intervals and walking around outside is fundamental to a better work day. Therefore bring the outside in as the CO2 in plants increases your oxygen levels. Creating a more calming and natural space for you in what may be a full air-conditioned or artificially lit workspace.
Of course, yoga is a great form of stress relief also and can be done in the comfort of your own home using Yogaholics.
This article has been edited and re-published from Refinery 29.