Stress is something all of us had to deal with at some point in our lives, whether it was family, studies, work or life getting overwhelming. We’ve all been there and chances are that we will go through this again. Knowing how to deal with stress is an indisputable way of reducing it and living a healthier, happier life. Here are 11 ways to manage stress according to science.
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2. Get some Zzz’s
Too stressed out to get some good sleep, too sleep deprived to relax. This can seem like an endless cycle! It’s no wonder you can’t sleep when your stress levels are raised, as your body is in a constant fight mode on a physiological level, ready to tackle whatever danger is coming your way. Luckily, there are many ways to ensure a good night’s sleep. Check out this article if you want to read more about this!
Meditation can seem to be a waste of time to some people, but taking some time to meditate can be very beneficial. Research shows that people who meditate frequently produce chemicals that help combat the production of stress hormones.
4. Try Mindfulness
Research has proven that focusing on the present makes us feel less stressed. You can read more about mindfulness here. Simple yet efficient.
5. Ditch your smartphone
You probably don’t want to hear this, but researchers in the UK discovered a connection between those who constantly check their smartphones and rising levels of stress This was shown not only in work context but also in their personal lives. Check out this insightful TEDx Talk if you want to learn more about the effects of digital distractions from a neuroscience perspective.
6. Forget about your emails.
A study conducted by the University of British Columbia suggests that people with limited time to access their inbox were less stressed than people with unlimited access and who checked their emails more frequently.
7. Reconnect with Mother Nature
Getting outside is beneficial to our mental health. Remember, we are animals after all and we need to be outside to be happy. Sunshine is good to get some vitamin D. Nature is a powerful stress-buster: even looking at pictures of nature is enough to relieve stress! You may want to change your desktop background…
8. Be an early bird
Unlike night owls, people who get up early in the morning tend to be more proactive and have better work performance, hence they feel less stress. They got their sh*t together!
9. Carry out repetitive tasks
Chores like doing the dishes or cleaning are similar to being in a state of mindfulness. These tasks calm the mind and the body. Any repetitive task will help you relax and empty your mind (washing, knitting, etc.)
10. Help others
Studies from the Association of Psychological sciences have shown that helping others and feeling needed and helpful are great stress reliefs. Check out voluntary work in your local community.
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