Rates of stress are on the rise throughout the country, with [url=https://www.apa.org/monitor/2011/01/stressed-america]44 percent[/url] of Americans reporting that their stress levels have increased in the last five years.
Americans are stressed about nearly everything, from the economy to their job security. Stress is so common, in fact, that many people don't even realize it's a problem.
If you're part of this group, take a step back and consider the ways stress could be affecting your health. Then, you need to think about what you can do to address your stress.
Read on to learn about five great ways to relax and unwind. These are all highly effective solutions that can put you at ease and help to minimize your stress.
The Importance of Relaxation In the world today, where everyone is on the go and juggling multiple projects, it's easy to start glorifying stress.
People take pride in how busy they are and work hard to maintain a pace of life that is just not sustainable long-term.
Folks who are overly stressed might think they're doing fine, but they could actually be setting themselves up for some serious [url=https://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/features/10-fixable-stress-related-health-problems#1]health problems[/url].
The following are some of the physical, mental, and emotional consequences that can stem from chronic stress:
[ul][li]Increased risk of heart disease[/li][li]Worsened asthma symptoms[/li][li]Higher body fat percentage[/li][li]Increased risk of type 2 diabetes[/li][li]Chronic headaches and migraines[/li][li]Depression and anxiety[/li][li]Worsened gastrointestinal disorders[/li][li]Increased risk of Alzheimer's disease[/li][li]Faster aging[/li][/ul] Chronic stress can also shorten your lifespan altogether.
That's right. If you don't learn to relax and manage your stress, you might not live as long as you would otherwise.
Top Five Ways to Relax Okay, you can see that relaxation is important. What can you do to relax, though?
There are lots of ways you can work more relaxation into your life, including taking the following steps:
1. Take a Staycation A staycation involves staying home and relaxing, just like you would on vacation, without having to pay for plane tickets, a hotel room, and all the other expenses associated with a regular vacation.
There are lots of things you can do during a staycation, and they don't all involve Netflix and chilling on the couch.
If you want to [url=https://www.familyleisure.com/Blog/Staycation-Ideas]learn more[/url] about making your staycation more exciting, start with one (or more) of the following tips:
[ul][li]Visit a local attraction, such as a museum, hiking trail, or new restaurant[/li][li]Camp in your backyard[/li][li]Enjoy a movie or TV show marathon[/li][li]Do arts and crafts or other activities you don't always have time for[/li][/ul] Whatever you do during your staycation, do your best to stay away from your computer and avoid checking your emails.
It's easy to slip back into work-mode when you're staying home, but try to resist the urge. This will help you to return to work feeling more refreshed.
2. Just Breathe If you're not in a position to take a staycation right now, that's okay. There are easier ways to relax and put yourself at ease.
Start by taking some deep breaths and trying to become more mindful.
Many people think that, in order to practice mindfulness, they have to sit on a cushion and do a lot of complicated relaxation exercises.
That's definitely an option, but it's not the only way to approach mindfulness. Simply closing your eyes and taking a few deep breaths can work wonders for a lot of people.
Try taking just five deep breaths, focusing on expanding your abdomen and filling it with air every time you inhale. When you exhale, exhale as slowly as you can until all the air has left your lungs.
3. Write in a Journal It helps to spend some time writing in a journal, too. Journal writing is a great tool for identifying stressors and figuring out why they cause you to feel the way you do.
Once you've written down and identified these stressors, you can take things a step farther and brainstorm ways to address these stressors and either eliminate them altogether or learn to cope with them in a healthy way.
4. Get a Massage Nothing says relaxation quite like a trip to the spa for a massage.
It doesn't matter if you go for a [url=https://www.givology.org/~Gerry/blog/580202/]reflexology foot massage[/url] or a deep tissue full-body massage, you'll be amazed at how relaxed you feel afterward.
Anyone can benefit from a massage, but they're especially beneficial to those who struggle with a lot of tension headaches or other body aches.
For these people, massage helps to relieve tension and relax the muscles so that you can go about your daily life pain-free.
5. Exercise Exercise can be a great stress-reliever for a lot of people.
When you exercise, your body produces endorphins. Endorphins are chemical messengers that help to boost one's mood and create a sense of peace and relaxation.
Try finding a form of exercise that helps you to feel happy and empowered. Lifting weights is a great option, as are more mellow forms of exercise like yoga.
When you're exercising to relieve stress, be sure not to create more stress for yourself.
High-intensity forms of exercise can be fun and rewarding.
If you overdo them, you could end up creating more physical stress for your body, though. This, in turn, can cause additional health problems and cause you to feel worse instead of better.
Start Relaxing Today As you can see, there are lots of different ways to relax. Keep these tips in mind and you'll have a much easier time unwinding and enjoying the benefits that relaxation has to offer.
Remember, too, that everyone relaxes in a different way. If one method of relaxation doesn't work well for you, try something else.
The more you experiment, the easier it'll be for you to feel rejuvenated and put your best foot forward when you return to your day-to-day activities.
If you need some more relaxation inspiration, be sure to check out some of the other blog posts on our site today.
[url=https://www.givology.org/~farid/blog/543510/]This article[/url] on the benefits of couples massages is a great starting point.
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