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6-Ways To Reduce Stress!

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6-Ways To Reduce Stress!

Learn about six key ways to cope with stress in your life.

Stress sucks.

We all know that stress isn’t good for us. The effects of stress can be debilitating, and for millions of people, stress leads to all sorts of symptoms and ailments, including headaches, muscle tension, difficulty sleeping, irritability, and lowered immunity.

According to the American Psychological Association, stress can result in headache, muscle tension, muscle pain, chest pain, fatigue, upset stomach, insomnia, anxiety, restlessness, lack of motivation, lack of focus, irritability, depression, eating problems, addiction … and social withdrawal. Yow!

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Chronic stress suppresses the body’s ability to regulate the inflammatory response, which can promote and advance disease. With demanding, hectic schedules, you may not always be able to control what happens in your daily life, but you can practice healthy habits to manage stress.

Fortunately, stress isn’t inevitable, even in today’s hyper-connected, highly competitive world.

Here are six techniques that I’ve picked up over the years and now use on a daily basis.

1: WALKING – Go for a walk. Get some fresh air. Gain a new point of view. The point is to stimulate your senses and shift your awareness to something other than the stressor. A little break from your current environment and some fresh air and sunlight might be just what you need to refresh your mindset. Walking reduces cortisol, and amazing at sensitizing our body to insulin. Walking is one of the most under utilized aspects to a fit, happy, and healthy you.

 

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2: SOCIAL GATHERINGS – Interacting with others in a way that lets them know you care about them is an excellent stress-reducing mechanism. When we are in social situations, such as caregiving or volunteering it provides us internally with a sense of well-being. If you are lonely or grieving, getting your focus off of yourself and onto others less fortunate is a great way to lift your spirit and alleviate stress. A study of people between the ages of 18 and 55 found that those who had six or more close friends were four times better at fighting off viruses than people with fewer connections. with friends and family who you enjoy to be around. Playing games, enjoying a glass of wine, having good conversation.
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3: MASSAGE – Massage therapy or any spa treatment where a therapist (or masseuse) manipulates the body’s muscles and soft tissues to relieve pain and decrease stress. A massage will help you unload from your day and let your body fully relax. Book one now.
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4: MAKE TIME FOR DOWNTIME – Reading, yoga, meditation, prayer, petting a dog or cat and other quiet activities are proven to have soothing, beneficial effects on the mind and body.

5: INTIMACY – Being intimate itself has many benefits for health and stress relief.  It can relax your body and release many hormones that are supportive of your overall health and wellness. This type of relaxation can also be great emotionally.

Aside from these scientific findings, love making has some obvious stress management components. In addition to effectively taking your mind off of your worries for a decent period of time, love making provides some of these other stress management benefits: Deep breathing, Sense of touch, Social support, Endorphins release, and a Physical workout.

Make love often.That’s all I have to say about that.
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6: EXERCISE – Running, yoga, lifting weights, and playing sports are all great ways to get your mind off of the things that you find stressful and do something healthy for your mind and body. Exercise decreases stress hormones and increases endorphins, which are often referred to as the body’s “feel-good chemicals.” Physical activity releases endorphins and can help boost your mood and energy.

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AND THEN SOME…

7: LAUGH – According to various studies, laughter activates disease-fighting T-cells and increases the production of immune-strengthening antibodies. Even just thinking about a funny event can have a positive effect. In one study, men were told three days in advance that they were going to watch a funny video Their stress levels dropped immediately.

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Stressful times are inevitable. Living in stress is optional. Take a few of these simple actions. It will benefit your body, mind and spirit.

How do you relieve, reduce or eliminate stress? Leave a comment below and let us know if you found this article helpful.

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