Have you ever felt stressed? Sadly, I think the answer is YES. Stress is the physical and psychological condition of tension people deal with when they feel overloaded. Symptoms and reactions can vary for each of us. However, we all agree that it would be better to have some strategies that can help us when we feel this way.
1. BREATHE DEEPLY
Breath is like the old wise man we should learn to listen to, because it can reveal its secrets and help us to find our balance. It can be the best alley for our health; that’s why traditional meditation and yoga are focused on breath.
Breathing not only ensures that all tissues in our body receive enough oxygen, but it also signals current psychological states.
2. EXERCISE AND RELAX YOUR MUSCLES
Physical activity bumps up the production of our brain's feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins. It can help to distract us from daily worries. Exercise can also improve sleep, which is often disrupted by stress and anxiety. But, stick with it. Starting an exercise program is just the first step.
3. EAT WELL
Stress affects people's appetite. The nervous system sends messages to the adrenal glands, which release a hormone called cortisol that increases appetite. For many, cooking healthy meals doesn't always fit into a busy schedule. However, it's highly recommended to take the proper nutrients, especially if you feel stressed. For example:
Omega 3-s (Salmon, tuna, chia seeds): lowers levels of depression and boost effectiveness of antidepressants)Vitamin E (sunflower seeds, almonds, spinach, avocados, squash, kiwifruit, trout, shrimp, olive oil, wheat germ oil, and broccoli): help prevent oxidative stress to the body.
5. TALK ABOUT YOUR PROBLEMS
Talking seems to be the commonest suggestion that you could receive. But practically, it's not that easy. However, having a conversation with someone you trust could help you to organize confused feelings and to understand your inner emotions. This could lead you also to a better perspective on reality. One more tip, share your pain and take action against it: it is very important and, if you need more help, ask for it.
6. SOUND TO DE-STRESS
Music is one of the most powerful tools. As we say “love is sound”, it gets people together to enjoy their time. But you may not know that sound has benefits in dealing with stress. Researchers have come up with new techniques which use sound to decrease stress level. Let’s have a look at two of them:
1. Binaural Beats: it consists of two slightly different tones which are sent to the left and right ears, but they are interpreted as a single one by our brain. The effects vary according to the frequency pattern used. It helps to reduce stress and increase concentration.
All you need is headphones and a good playlist. This can be a good start https://open.spotify.com/artist/5lKaPKuNyNz6LN6NfM5vz1
2. Solfeggio frequencies: six electromagnetic musical tones that the Gregorian Monks were said to use when they chanted in meditation. They are said to have a calming and inspiring effect, so that they are able to raise our vibration.
You can find many examples on the Web, such as this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVc-BmS1Qqs
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