Is Stress starting to get you down? Long-term stress can have lots of negative effects – it can damage your sleep quality, create achy muscles, make your skin more reactive to spots and rashes, raise your blood pressure and bring on serious conditions such as heart disease and strokes. Taking steps to reduce stress could save your mind and body. Here are just seven ways to counteract stress.
TAKE A HOT BATH
Nothing beats a hot bath for helping you to relax. The hot water is great for your skin and can help your muscles relax, whilst pumping your body with Feelgood Endorphins that help to rid your body of the stress hormone cortisol. It’s the best way to unwind after a stressful day.
GET MORE SLEEP
A lack of sleep could be leading to stress, which in turn could be affecting your sleep, creating a vicious cycle. Going to bed earlier and catching up on sleep could help you to break this cycle and de-stress. If you’re finding it difficult to get to sleep, consider changing your bedtime activities – staring at bright screens or eating lots of food can make it harder for us to get to sleep, so quit these activities an hour before bed. You may also be able to up the comfort of your bedroom with better bedding, sleep-inducing scents and blackout blinds.
LISTEN TO MUSIC
Listening to music that you like can release feel-good endorphins that can help you to overcome stress. Studies have found that calmer music and classical are most effective at combating stress, however, louder music may appeal to some people – it’s all a matter of taste.
Physical exercise also releases endorphins that can combat stress. It doesn’t matter what activity you do, so long as it helps to get your blood pumping, igniting those feel-good hormones and flushing out the cortisol. This could be a long workout at the end of the day or a short five-minute burst of HIIT when you don’t have the time.
BOOK A HOLIDAY
A holiday in the sun could be just what you need to get away from the thing causing you stress. Hotels like the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Villahermosa could offer the spa treatment you need on a budget. Cut yourself off from work if you need to or take a weekend away without the kids.
HAVE A DIGITAL DETOX
Much of our stress nowadays is technology-based, whether it’s work emails or social media pressures or simply the strain of having to stare at a screen all day. There are many resorts and hotels that are now being marketed for this purpose such as these retreats at It’s Time To Log Off.
Meditation is also great for reducing stress and can be something you can do at any time throughout the day. Finding some time to yourself, closing your eyes and freeing your mind of the things worrying you can help you to gain a better perspective and reduce your cortisol levels.
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