Stress comes in so many different forms where it can suddenly sneak up on you making you feel overwhelmed. Sometimes too much stress can actually cause more damage to the body than you realize. As April is Stress Awareness Month, it’s important to have strategies for coping when you feel overwhelmed by stress and need to quickly relax the mind and body.
Here are 5 quick and easy ways to help you deal with your stress at hand:
Exercise is a huge stress reliever and releases endorphins. Not only is it good for the mind, but you can actually get in a workout too. Grab a friend for moral support, or go it alone for some time to really clear your mind and think.
Start some breathing exercises to get more oxygen into your body and release tension throughout the body. You can do this anytime or anywhere. There are even some free apps that can help guide you with meditating, even if it’s just for 5 minutes.
Remove Yourself From Negativity
Negative thoughts and criticism never help the situation. Shift your attention to things that do help. Stay close to people that care about you, do something nice for yourself, set a goal and complete it.
Different scents have different effects on the brain. Some have the ability to calm and relax, which is why aromatherapy can be useful for people dealing with a lot of stress. Try adding lavender oil in a diffuser or even applying it under your nose for an instant calming effect on the mind.
Listening to relaxing music can put your mind at ease. Have it playing in the background while you are working or even while you are driving. Music is an instant mood booster!
Wishing you a healthy, and stress free April!