Whether you’re a student or a professional, often times, don’t you sense the symptoms of stress? The blood pounding in your ears? And, your heart thumping like crazy? Or, you might suddenly feel that your vision, hearing, and other senses are heightened. And, everything is sharper and clearer. All of these are signs of the rush of adrenaline and cortisol coursing through your body in response to the scary situation you’re facing.
Our forefathers didn’t need stress-relieving techniques. When nature equipped us with cortisol, it was intended as protection from the life-threatening elements that were a part of the human environment.
Once the danger had passed, adrenaline and cortisol were cleared from the bloodstream and life progressed as usual.
Interestingly, the modern (safer?) world is a lot scarier than wild animals. You’re dealing with worse dangers than a cougar. Or, a coyote. And, the adrenaline and cortisol happen to stay in your bloodstream longer. We all know what that can do to your body.
The American Institute of Stress reports that at least 77% of people experience the physical signs of stress on a regular basis.
But, if nature has programmed your body with the “flight or fight” response, it has also provided you with simple stress-relieving techniques. These methods can reverse the harmful effects of cortisol on your body.
Let’s take a look at some of them.
1. A Walk in the Park
The term, “walk in the park” denotes something easy. And, it’s the easiest stress-relieving technique out there. Step out of the stressful situation and walk around the block or any green area if possible. The fresh air will help you think clearly. And, work out how to resolve the tricky situation you find yourself in. In essence, you’re taking a step back and reassessing the issue. And, solutions will instantly come to you.
2. Listen to Music
Listening to music can lower stress levels and flood your bloodstream with neurochemicals that lift your mood and make you feel upbeat. Not sure if this stress-relieving technique will work? Studies conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information have proved this for a fact. So, find those headphones. Or, hum a song.
And, let go of the anxiety. Instantly!
3. Eat a Healthy Snack
Hunger and ebbing energy levels can make you feel stressed and anxious.To replenish those energy reserves, all you need is a snack that is high in energy. Try options like a banana that has potassium. Did you know that levels of potassium drop when you’re anxious? Or, try a small piece of chocolate. Other interesting options include a glass of warm milk, blueberries, oranges, and almonds. Simple carbohydrates like bread, pasta, peanuts, or potatoes work too. Munch on that PBJ sandwich. Now you know why that’s the quintessential American snack.
4. Get Your Hormone Levels Checked
Like the experts at the Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center reveal, your body has a cocktail of hormones running through it. Hormones are chemicals produced by the endocrine system and essential for the regular functioning of your systems. Any imbalances in progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone can make you feel anxious and uneasy. To correct the skewed balances, you can use plant-based supplements. Since these supplements are derived from natural sources, you can safely use them as a stress-relieving technique. In place of oral supplements, you can also opt for hormone patches.
5. Laugh a Little
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic explain, “Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.” Check out a funny video. Or, look for jokes on the internet. Enjoy a few good ones. And, feel your anxiety vanishing!
6. Take a Few Deep Breaths
This stress-relieving technique works along the lines of laughter. The oxygen-rich air you take in works to boost blood circulation to your organs, especially to the brain that releases feel-good endorphins. Like a feature on Healthy Living, AZCentral explains, you lower your blood pressure, feel calmer, and more in control of the situation.
7. Consider Meditation
Learn how to meditate and relax your body completely.The state of complete relaxation can stimulate the hypothalamus and pituitary gland. These organs are responsible for the production of both serotonin and endorphins. Spend some time reflecting inward. And, feel good about you. You’ll improve your heart, brain, immune system, digestive system, and expression of genes.
8. Get a Massage
Mary Beth Braun is the President of the American Massage Therapy Association. She says, “Americans are looking to massage for much more than just relaxation. Massage therapy can be effective for a variety of conditions, including arthritis, lower back pain, insomnia, headaches, anxiety, circulatory problems, and recovery from a sports injury.”
An interesting fact? You can train to perform massage therapy on yourself. Learn how to identify the pressure points and work on them when needed. Any time. Any place. It’s the perfect stress-relieving technique.
9. Get Moving
A feature on HealthLine talks about how the simplest form of exercise can help alleviate your mood.
Take up any kind of workout you like best.
Jogging? Yoga? Brisk walking? Or, go dancing with your best friends? Laughter. Conversation. Physical activity. The company of loved ones. It’s the perfect solution for anxiety.
10. Try Aromatherapy
Specific scents and aromas can do wonders for your mood.
Science has proved that inhaling essential oils or lighting scented candles actually work. Choose from a range of perfumes like oranges, lavender, rose, sandalwood, Roman chamomile, or geranium.
Stress Relief Isn’t All that Difficult – And, the Benefits are Multifold
Anxiety, stress, depression, tension, unease.
These are all an unfortunate part of your everyday life.
But, by adopting the right stress-relieving techniques, you can turn your life around.
Let go of the pressure and feel your overall health improving.
You’ll sleep better. Your skin will glow. You’ll drop the excess pounds.
The best positive? You’ll have improved brain function.
Now, that’s essential for life-long success and happiness.
Written by Marcia Jordan