Easy Ways to Bust Your Stress

Easy Ways to Bust Your Stress

It may be part of our daily lives, but no one likes to feel stressed. Too much stress actually hurts our bodies. It can cause headaches, anxiety, weight gain, high blood pressure, chest pains, sleepless nights and depression. Finding simple ways to lower your stress is important.

That’s where our list of stressbusters comes in. Check it out for tips to help you decompress.

Laugh. Who always makes you laugh? Spend time with that person – either on the phone or face-to-face! It will lift your spirits and lower your stress level. Remember, social connections not only reduce stress, they increase longevity.

Unplug. It’s hard to get away from technology. Still, studies show that text alerts, news, social media – everything we peruse to stay connected just makes us more stressed and anxious.  Give your body and mind the quiet time it needs need to relax. Set aside some tech-free time tonight and stay off your phone, laptop or tablet.

Meditate. There are lots of health benefits linked to meditating. Meditation can lower your heart rate and blood pressure. It can also fend off anxiety. Not sure how to begin? Try this easy one-minute meditation routine to get started.

  • Breathe in for five seconds
  • Hold your breath for five seconds
  • Exhale for five seconds
  • Hold your breath for five seconds
  • Repeat as often as your like.

Soothe it out. Nothing takes the edge of off a stressful day like doing something you enjoy. Listen to music, take a hot bubble bath, spend some time on your favorite hobby. They are the perfect antidote to stress.

Move your body. You knew exercise would be on the list, didn’t you? Here’s the good news: You don’t have to haul tractor tires or do 200 squats. Just lace up your sneakers and go for a walk. You’ll feel better afterward.

What are your stressbusters?

Sources: Stress Management, leaving site icon Mayo Clinic, 2020; Lower Stress: How Does Stress Affect the Body, leaving site icon American Heart Association, 2021; Five Reasons You Should Laugh, leaving site icon The Heart Foundation, 2020; Meditation: A Simple, Fast Way to Reduce Stress, leaving site icon Mayo Clinic. 2020.

Originally published 12/22/2015; Revised 2019, 2022

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