National Stress Awareness Month
Everyone has stress in his or her life. Believe it or not, a little bit of stress is good for you. It provides energy and keeps you aware of everything going on around you. But you need to be able to keep it in check. When left to its own devices, it can lead to a number of health problems: depression, anxiety, acne, obesity, ulcers and even heart disease.
Since April is National Stress Awareness month, it’s a good time to take note of the stress in your life and learn how to get it under control. Here are some tips to help de-stress your life:
Journaling or talking to a friend – Writing out your problems and the stressful situations in your life can help you to get it off your chest. Same with telling a trusted friend, it can help you to let it go.
Breathing – Simple enough to do, but it can help tremendously. Taking a few deep breaths can help to lower your blood pressure, decrease your heart rate, and help you to feel calm.
Laughter – Having a good chuckle decreases levels of stress hormones in the body. So take a minute to read your favorite comic, or watch a funny video when you are feeling stressed.
Listen to Music –Music can affect your mood. The next time you are start to feel stressed, try listening to something soothing to help you stay calm.
Don’t Procrastinate – Procrastinating on an assignment or task is a big cause of stress. Starting a project well before a deadline can help to eliminate unnecessary stress.
Enjoy Aromatherapy – Try lighting a lavender candle or putting a few drops of sandalwood oil on your pillow to help you relax.