In honor of National Relaxation Day on August 15, here are nine easy steps to take a step back and relax when you are experiencing stress or anxiety. We all feel stressed from time to time. Paying attention to how you deal with stress is important, so you know when to seek help.
1.Take Deep Breaths
Close your eyes and focus on your breath, inhaling slowly through your nose and releasing an equally long exhalation out your mouth.
2. Stay Active
Start with gentle activities such a walking or biking. Finding an activity that you enjoy will increase your chances of sticking to it in the long term.
3. Talk to someone
Spend time with family and friends. Having a strong social support system is important for your mental health. Join a support group, club or talk to a therapist to help cope with stressful times.
4. Listen to Calming Music
Music can reduce stress related symptoms and improve our sense of well-being.
5. Practice Mindfulness Meditation
Meditating may help boost your mood and decrease symptoms of stress. There are many books, apps and videos available that can teach you the basics.
6. Read a book
Reading engages the mind and imagination, reducing stress and enhancing relaxation.
7. Eat a brain-healthy diet
Eat more whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, fish to ensure you are properly nourished. Drink plenty of water.
8. Don’t skimp on Sleep
Try to get seven to nine hours of sleep a night. Getting more rest can significantly decrease cortisol levels and restore balance to your body’s systems.
9. Take a break
Taking a break can restore energy, decrease fatigue, and keep stress levels in check.
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