Everyone feels stress. But so few of us actually think about “what” stress really is.
By definition, stress is the bodily or mental tension resulting from factors that tend to alter an existent equilibrium. It’s a perception of a real or imagined threat to your body or your ego.
All that tells us is stress is a thought. That’s it. No more, no less. And as a result, we have complete control over stress, because it’s not something that happens to us but something that happens in us.
In order to overcome stress, you have to change your thoughts and your perception on certain circumstances. When you feel that urge coming on, slow yourself down and relax.
Here are five ways to help you slow it down and relax:
The best way to burn off the stress hormones without having to change your thinking is to move and sweat. Run, dance, jump, ride, swim, stretch, or skip. Just do something vigorous and lively.
We know that moving releases serotonin, the hormone that regulates stress, anxiety and even depression. So even a brisk walk will get you back on the right track by not letting stress conquer all.
Most of us hold our breath often or breathe shallow, anxious breaths, especially when we feel stressed.
Deep, slow, full breaths have a profound effect on resetting the stress response, because the relaxation nerve goes through your diaphragm and is activated with every deep breath. Take five deep breaths now, and observe how differently you feel after.
For the lazy among us a MEGA bath is a secret weapon against stress.
How do you have a MEGA bath, you ask?
Add 2 cups of Epsom salt, a half-cup of baking soda, and 10 drops of lavender oil to a very hot bath. Then, add one stressed human and soak for 20 minutes. Guaranteed to induce relaxation.
Stress and sleep have a two-way relationship.
High stress levels can make sleeping more difficult and can even lead to sleep disorders. A lack of sleep increases stress hormones. But, if you are getting the sleep you need, you have a better control on health issues like blood pressure and cholesterol.
So, get your eight hours NO MATTER WHAT! Take a nap if you missed your sleep. Prioritize sleep.
Practice the art of noticing stress, noticing how your thinking makes you stressed. Practice taking deep breaths and letting go of worry. Relax your mind and shift your thoughts positively.
For some people, changing from thinking negatively is a very difficult task, and will take more time and work than others. But with consistence and persistence, we can wire our brains to take a step back and look at a problem before we stress out.
We hope these five tips help you in your quest to be stress-free. But if you practice them, even getting a good night’s sleep, and still feel tired the next day, it could be sleep apnea.
Contact us today if you suspect you or a loved one is suffering from sleep apnea.
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