Weird question, but have you noticed that you’re having more nightmares lately or trouble sleeping? If so, consider yourself in an exclusive club (wink-wink, nudge-nudge) called Planet Earth! Unfortunately, most of us are struggling right now to manage our rising stress levels — a totally normal and valid reaction, considering recent events. But here’s the thing: We may not be able to control the economy or other aspects of our life, but there are things we can do to help boost our sense of serenity and vitality despite the circumstances.
To help inject more joy and less “Argh!” into your day, here are a few anti-stress tips from the experts:
Why is it that our sense of humor seems to run for the hills when we’re tired and stressed? We forget that we even have a funny bone! When alter-ego Grumpy Gus moves in, it’s time to scare him away with a little light-hearted fun. In other words, it’s time to make time for that cat video your colleague sent you.
Keep on moving.
We know you’ve heard this a million times by now, but getting on your feet and going for that walk you’ve been putting off will do you loads of good. According to a study in the Lancet, just three 45-minute walks a week can reduce your number of “poor mental health days” by 40%! Even if you’re more inclined to walk only five minutes around your block, that counts, too! Every little bit of movement counts when you’re trying to reduce stress and boost your mood.
Breathe it out.
Breathwork, or “conscious breathing,” is another proven stress management tool. According to a 2017 study in Frontiers in Psychology, participants who completed 20 breathwork training sessions had significantly lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol compared with those who did not receive the training.
If ya DON’T snooze, ya lose.
We know this is a chicken-and-egg kind of thing, because stress causes lack of sleep and lack of sleep causes stress. But we have to say it anyway: to reduce stress, your first order of business is getting sleep. Despite what some people may claim, the human body cannot function properly when it’s sleep deprived and running on fumes. Sleep deprivation is linked to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, depression, obesity, stress… On the other hand, getting plenty of rest boosts your wellness in every way — it’s even beneficial to your skin, which goes into healing and renewal mode while you’re snoozing.
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