Everyone is familiar with stress and anxiety.
While these emotions affect each person differently, one thing is for sure – they are not great company.
It is important to remember that these feelings are normal and that everyone experiences them for different reasons. However, just because stress and anxiety are typical to the human experience does not mean that you should settle for anything less than bliss and excitement.
April is National Stress Awareness Month and today, April 16th, is National Stress Awareness Day. Take some extra time today to take inventory of your mental health and assess how stress and anxiety impact your wellbeing.
Do you experience stress and anxiety often?
Is your stress productive or does it eat away at your productivity?
Have you learned how you best cope with these emotions?
These questions, upon others, are important to ask yourself. Once you become familiar with how stress and anxiety impact your life, you can begin to explore how you can best manage it.
Here are 6 ideas for relaxing and managing these emotional pressures. Test them out this National Stress Awareness Day and step into a healthier and happier version of you.
1. Move your body.
Stress and anxiety can be very physical emotions, meaning they can have more tangible effects on your body. Feeling weighed down and carrying tension in your back and shoulders are some of the more common ways that stress and anxiety are physically experienced.
With this in mind, it can be beneficial to simply move your body. Do so in whatever way feels right.
This can be as simple as standing up during extended periods of sitting down or going for a nice walk. For the cardio junkies out there, maybe this means breaking a sweat.
Whatever movement is calling your name, go for it. By getting in the habit of responding to stress and anxiety with movement, you will begin to relieve ongoing physical tension that otherwise would take a toll on your holistic wellbeing.
2. Make room for what you need, and rid yourself of what you don’t.
If you are someone who understands a lot about the source of your stress, use this information to better yourself!
Maybe you feel heightened stress upon entering a toxic work environment or when flames arise in a not-so-healthy relationship. In either of these cases, you want to acknowledge what you perceive to be the driving forces of these lingering emotions and act upon it.
If your work environment is causing you to experience unhealthy stress and anxiety, prepare to discuss with someone in your workplace that can help resolve the toxicity that is impacting your wellbeing. Or if your partner is a catalyst of stress, have a conversation with them.
When you get to the point where particular environments and relationships are fueling undeniable stress and anxiety, it is important that you discuss with yourself how you can dismiss them from your life. This isn’t something to take lightly, but very well may be essential to your wellbeing and personal growth.
3. Take a moment to om.
Om is a small word with a mighty meaning. Representing the unification of the spirit, mind, and body, it is at the core of yoga for a reason.
Practices like yoga and meditation are inherently stress and anxiety relieving. In simplest terms, these practices are relaxing.
The stress and anxiety you experience are reflected in your breath.
Do you hold tension in your breath?
When was the last time you took a deep breath?
Is breathing only a passive part of your life or do you take the time to focus on inhaling and exhaling in moments of high emotional tension?
Studies show that by placing more intent on your breathing, you promote full body relaxation. This can be cleansing for your emotional palette, and can actually create an instantaneous sense of relief for many.
So take the time this National Stress Awareness Day to get into your zen, take a few deep breaths and share an om with yourself. Make yoga or meditation a daily practice and begin to understand how it positively affects your welling.
4. Find the time to get personal.
Masturabtion is an effective stress reliever and for a number of reasons.
First, it is time that you get to spend with you. In a world where stress is so often provoked from external people, circumstances and environments, there is peace in the moments you get to spend with yourself.
Additionally, orgasms release endorphins from the brain, which can naturally put you into a deeper state of relaxation. Releasing the endorphins before bed also promotes better sleep, which is another key to managing ongoing stress.
But at the end of the day, masturbation is time for you to prioritize your pleasure. Many people experience stress as a result of catering to the emotions and overall wellbeing of people in their life, subsequently neglecting their own welfare.
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5. Eat some greens.
Yes, it sounds silly… but eat some greens.
Studies show a strong correlation between your gut health and mental health. By focusing on eating high-fiber, high-collagen and probiotic foods, your gut and mental health can begin to heal in tandem.
The science behind your gut and mental health are profound. At a high-level it can be understood that your body doesn’t digest food properly when it isn’t in a relaxed state. This means that your body isn’t absorbing the nutrients, vitamins and minerals that the food you eat provides, putting your health and brain function in a compromised state.
6. Chat with a professional.
It is important to remember that everyone experiences stress and anxiety in different ways. For some, these emotions are fleeting and allow for them to continue on their day as planned. Others experience stress and anxiety to a crippling degree, keeping them from carrying on the way they intended.
If you have tried remedy after remedy for your stress and anxiety and nothing seems to be helping, consider talking to a professional.
Therapy is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. It can be a source of comfort, positive challenge and growth as you work to better understand how you can cope with stress and anxiety.
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