Stress Management: How to Keep Your Cool
November 4th is National Stress Awareness Day.
Stress is a naturally occurring reaction to any kind of demand or threat. This covers anything from dropping your ice cream cone (I know, right?! Instant panic) to being called on by the professor. The nervous system responds by releasing a flood of the stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol, which springs the body into emergency mode. This reaction is healthy and can even save your life, but you definitely don’t want to be a “regular” there. The problem is when your body is in a constant state of stress. If you’re not practicing stress management on a daily basis, the body gets exhausted from the over production of these hormones and always being “on the alert.” This can lead to the development of anxiety and depression, as well as the deterioration of your immune system and concentration abilities. Managing stress levels needs to be a priority, as close to 50% of Americans report feeling stress constantly. (YIKES!) Keeping a balance is no easy task, in fact, it is one of the hardest things to do in life. Here are our top 5 tips to help you keep your cool when stress comes around.
5 Tips to Reduce and Cope with Stress
The number one thing to do when you feel that tense feeling creep up your back is to take a nice, long, deep breath. We forget to breathe when we are tense, in fact, most of us actually take shorter breaths when we are in a stressed state. Using the power of the controlled breathing, you can bring yourself down from a 10 to at least a 6 – and a 6 is pretty manageable.
Make time to relax.
You need to remember that you have to take care of yourself first or you won’t be able to take care of anyone else. You have to be your numbero uno. (You’ve heard it before… you know when you’re on a place, they always say to secure YOUR oxygen mask before you help anyone else? Same thing, bro.) How can you make dinner for the kids if you can’t even get out of bed? How can you take the pup for a much needed walk if you can’t even take 10 minutes out of the day to take a breath? Take time out of your day to do something that you enjoy. Pick something that can help ease your nerves. Lose yourself in a good book, practice yoga, watch your favorite comedian on YouTube, or paint your nails! Love riding your unicycle? Get to ridin’! Seriously, do anything! Just take time away from everyone else and focus on you. This will help you unwind and really keep that stress level in check.
It is a known fact that getting that blood pumping helps ease stress levels. Exercise – of ANY kind – helps the production of endorphins, those feel-good neurotransmitters that help you destress. Physical activities have been shown to help the brain cope better with stressful situations by increasing the stress buffer. Anything can help with this, yoga, jogging, hiking, walking around the block, dancing, even doing the robot! Get your heart pumping and maybe even have a giggle or two.
Talk about it.
We often forget the power of human interaction. With a world chock full of technology and different ways to communicate without even leaving our beds, its no wonder we still feel so disconnected. Talking face-to-face (or even on the phone) with someone who is close to you can help you express what is weighing you down in a safe, comfortable environment. Often times just talking about the things that are stressing you out helps you cope because it gets it off your chest. Other times, our closest confidants are able to help us see the situations in another light or even help keep us from turning a mole hill into a mountain. If you don’t have anyone close to you that you feel comfortable talking with, there are so many resources out there for people who need to talk.
Try natural aids.
Now, we would NEVER say to numb the pain of any situation, but sometimes we need a little help in the stress department. There are many natural options that help “take the edge off” when we need it most. Chamomile tea is one of the best options out there. Chamomile is a floral tea that helps calm the nerves. Boosting your consumption of Omega 3’s also help curb anxiety and stress related symptoms. This can easily be added to your diet as a supplement, or you can simply add some raw nuts (we like Almonds and Walnuts most) or Salmon. Last, but not least, our Stress… gahh formula is the perfect addition to your everyday routine to help combat stress. Our formula is based on traditional Chinese formulas that have been passed down from generation to generation, and is meant to help balance the body.
If you find that you can’t manage your stress levels with these techniques, seek the advice of health professionals. Being honest with yourself is the first step to being healthy and happy, and above all, living a stress-free life. What are your favorite stress management techniques? Shout it out to us on Twitter! @BioTerraHerbs #NationalStressAwarenessDay Stay cool!