5 Backed Ways To De-Stress

Learning ways to de-stress and how to relax from the daily stresses of work, relationships and self expectations is so important for your health and wellbeing. Getting your mind off the stresses of life will help in making you feel calm and at peace.

To start learning ways to de-stress it is important to learn your triggers. Recognising your stress triggers is the first step to managing your stress and understanding how to control these triggers. Think, what stresses you out? And how do you react to it?

Now you are more aware of what is causing stress in your life, here are some easy ways to feel more relaxed in your daily life.

These five simple tips can help you do just that.

1. Stay positive

Laughter has been found to lower levels of stress hormones, reduce inflammation in the arteries, and increase “good” HDL cholesterol.

2. Meditate

This practice of inward-focused thought and deep breathing has been shown to reduce heart disease risk factors such as high blood pressure. Meditation’s close relatives, yoga and prayer, can also relax the mind and body.

3. Exercise

Every time you are physically active, whether you take a walk or play tennis, your body releases mood-boosting chemicals called endorphins. Exercising not only melts away stress, it also protects against heart disease by lowering your blood pressure, strengthening your heart muscle, and helping you maintain a healthy weight.

4. Unplug

It’s impossible to escape stress when it follows you everywhere. Cut the cord. Avoid emails and TV news. Take time each day — even if it’s for just 10 or 15 minutes — to escape from the world.

5. Find ways to take the edge off your stress

Simple things, like a warm bath, listening to music, or spending time on a favorite hobby, can give you a much-needed break from the stressors in your life.

Points 1-5 from Harvard

Stress does not have to take over your life. Learning how to manage your stress can change your life and how you feel. Talking to someone whether it be a family member, friend or complete stranger will always help. Try all different methods to find what works best for you, when you find what works make sure you practice and keep at it to manage your daily stresses.

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