Stress Awareness Month: Tips to de-stress

Did you know that April is Stress Awareness Month? You’re probably aware of stress every day but April tends to be a particularly stressful month with taxes. To help you deal with stress this month and beyond, here are some helpful tips to de-stress.
Did you know that April is Stress Awareness Month? You’re probably aware of stress every day but April tends to be a particularly stressful month with taxes. To help you deal with stress this month and beyond, here are some helpful tips to de-stress.

8 Tips to stress less

1. Laugh

It’s true: Laughter truly is the best medicine. In addition to taking the edge off of tension, bouts of laughter are like fun mini-workouts that increase your heart rate and work your abs. Can’t beat that for stress-moderating efficiency.

2. Exercise

Laughter is only the beginning. When you feel stress mounting, go for a walk. Even better, start your day with a workout so you boost your endorphins, pump blood through your brain and body, and have a better attitude about life’s incessant stressors.

3. Eat to stress less

You may be drawn to high-carb, high-fat, high-sugar foods when anxiety rears its ugly head, but succumbing to emotionally-charged junk food eating is only going to ratchet your stress levels up. Instead, take a deep breath and reach for a healthy snack to curb your emotional hunger until you can make a balanced meal with healthy ingredients that have long-lasting stress-curbing effects.

4. Breathe deep

If you can’t go for a run, make a healthy meal, or escape your stress, take five minutes to close your eyes and breathe deep. Imagine tension leaving your body with every exhale while peace and relaxation take its place with every inhale. Make this more effective in decreasing stress by praying or meditating.

5. Take a break

If it’s a noisy home or work space that is grating on your nerves, go hide in the bathroom or outside for a few minutes to breathe deep and regroup. Whatever your stressors, find a way to escape from them to give yourself a break. We’re not talking about leaving the country, we’re just suggesting you hide out and relax long enough to bring your blood pressure down.

6. Call a life line

Your family and friends can be a stress-free haven when you need to vent or need someone to make you laugh or perhaps see your stressful situation in a different light. Pick up the phone and call someone — someone that doesn’t get on your nerves.

7. Journal

Journaling is a great way to relax by allowing you to write your cares away. Use pen and paper or utilize online journals such as Penzu.com.

8. Sleep

When you’re tired, you’re less capable of dealing with daily stress. Prioritize eight hours of solid quality sleep every night so you can wake up every morning rested and ready to take on your tension-makers.

Need additional stress-less tips? Check out the SheKnows Stress Section.

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