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You face multiple stressors every day: traffic jams, cranky bosses, constant deadlines, financial disagreements, family commitments…the list goes on (and on).

 

All that stress can wreak havoc on your mind and body. Raised levels of cortisol and other stress hormone are linked to a whole host of health issues, including memory problems, headaches, depression, weight gain or loss, high blood pressure, indigestion, insomnia and more.

 

There are plenty of activities to help you unwind and offset daily stress—no prescription needed. Here are 10 ways you can naturally manage the stress in your life and stay healthy under pressure.

 

  1. Start your day with asanas. A quick 10-minute sequence is all you need to reap yoga’s stress-relieving benefits. Plus, you can complete it without leaving your bed.
  2. Take a deep breath. Mindful breathing techniques promote relaxation and suppress your fight or flight response. Inhaling deeply and exhaling slowly for a few breaths will instantly calm your nerves and give you mental clarity.
  3. Tap into your sense of humor. Laughter is a great way to relieve tension and stress as well as improve your immune system. If you’re in need of some giggles, attend a stand-up comedy show, rent a funny flick, or stream a comedy station via your Internet radio.
  4. Change your scenery. A change of place can do wonders for reducing your stress levels and boosting your brainpower. Go for a walk along a nature trail, or simply sit outside and take in the fresh air.
  5. Have a power nap. Snoozing isn’t just for cats. Even if you’re getting enough shut eye at night, you can still benefit from a nap. Lie back for just 20 minutes to feel more relaxed and lift your overall mood.
  6. Sip some hot tea. Relieve anxiety with a cup of the good stuff. Drinking black or green tea can soothe stress and bring back your sense of inner calm.
  7. Get it out of your mind. When you’re overwhelmed by stress, talking or writing out what’s worrying you can be therapeutic. Squash your stress by calling up a friend to chat or jotting down your feelings in a notebook.
  8. Eat something healthy. Foods loaded with refined sugar and caffeine can quickly heighten feelings of stress and anxiety. Opt for feel-good foods instead, like fruits, veggies, protein, whole grains and legumes.
  9. Cuddle up with your pet. Got a furry friend? Not only are cats and dogs great companions, but they can help you chill out, reduce your blood pressure, and improve your mood.
  10. Do something you enjoy. Hobbies are fun and Gardening, knitting, painting, bowling, and even barbecuing can take your mind off your thoughts and give you a natural happiness boost.

 

Now It’s Your Turn

What are your favorite ways to kick stress to the curb? Share your tips in the comments below.