[img]/images/user/96258_8149154625096426453.png[/img] [url=https://www.stress.org/daily-life]48% of Americans[/url] feel like stress has had a negative impact on their life, and a whopping 77% of people regularly experience physical symptoms associated with stress.
Whether you’re stressed about work, money, or a relationship, it’s important to take time for yourself to combat these feelings. Otherwise, it’ll only continue to get worse.
Luckily, there are plenty of things to do when stressed that can help you relax.
Do you want to know what they are? Keep reading to find out!
[b]1. Hit the Gym[/b]
The last thing you probably want to do when feeling stressed and overwhelmed is to find time to exercise. However, it's one of the best things you can do for your mental and physical health.
When you start working out, your brain lowers the level of cortisol (your body’s stress hormone) while releasing more endorphins (chemicals that boost your mood and lower pain). After giving your body a good workout, you’ll also have an easier time sleeping which can help reduce stress tomorrow.
Exercising doesn’t have to be a miserable activity, either. Consider finding a class that you enjoy, like yoga or Zumba.
[b]2. Eat a Healthy Meal[/b]
If you’re like many, you probably go straight for the chips or ice cream when feeling stressed. While these may provide immediate gratification, that feeling won’t last.
Instead, junk food actually puts your body under more stress. Focus on eating healthy meals full of fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats. These foods can actually help regulate stress and boost your brain’s production of serotonin to make you feel happier.
[b]3. Spend Time with Loved Ones[/b]
Laughter truly is the best medicine. In fact, laughing and smiling can actually trick your brain into feeling happier. What better way to crack a smile than spending time with loved ones?
Seeing your friends and family members can also remind you of the amazing support system you have in place. Having a strong group of friends can even increase your sense of self-worth and belonging, which can make you feel better.
[b]4. Reflect on Your Life[/b]
Stress and anxiety are often made worse by dwelling on the negative aspects of your life. So, it makes sense that reflecting on the positive parts of your life and all the happy memories you have can be a great way to boost your mood and reduce stress.
While there are tons of ways you can do this, two of the best are journaling and volunteering.
By starting a gratitude journal, you’ll get the chance to list the things your thankful for every day. When you’re feeling stressed, you can flip back through these pages and remember all the amazing things you have.
Volunteering can help you feel better by doing good and [url=https://www.givology.org/get-involved/volunteer/]making a difference[/url] in someone’s life. At the same time, it can remind you how lucky you really are.
Sleep is a vital function of life because it gives your body a chance to repair and recharge. If you don’t get adequate sleep, you’ll wake up still feeling the physical effects of stress from the day before.
So, make an effort to get at least an extra hour of sleep on days that you feel stressed. If needed, you can take melatonin supplements to help you fall asleep faster.
[b]6. Take CBD[/b]
CBD is making headlines as an amazing method to reduce stress and anxiety, among other things. It can be found in oils, edibles, and vape pens, so choose the method you’re most comfortable with it and give it a try.
Marijuana and hash also have stress-reducing properties. Make sure you learn more about the [url=https://cheebas.ca/marijuana-blog/Hashish-101-Beginners-Guide-to-Buying-and-Smoking-Hash]details[/url] of using these substances if this will be your first time. Also, ensure that recreational marijuana is legal in your state before seeking it out.
Have you ever had so much on your plate that you couldn’t even think straight? Meditation may be the best option for you.
You’ll learn controlled breathing techniques that can help you relax in the moment. Of course, these techniques can be implemented practically anywhere, so you’ll learn how to reduce stress whether you’re at home, at work, or in line at the grocery store.
[b]8. Try Aromatherapy[/b]
Aromatherapy is the method of using various essential oils to promote wellbeing. This can be done by burning candles or using a diffuser containing essential oils. You can also use essential oil bath salts or bath bombs to elevate a relaxing bath.
Lavender, sandalwood, and frankincense are known to be some of the most soothing essential oils. You can combine aromatherapy with meditation to reduce stress even more.
[b]9. Learn How to Say No[/b]
Take a moment to think about why you’re stressed. If it’s because you have a never-ending list of things to do, you may want to learn how to say no more often.
Don’t take on so many responsibilities that you’re left feeling constantly overwhelmed. Instead, learn where to draw the line to ensure that you always have time to destress at the end of the day.
Similarly, learn how to ask for help. If you’re responsible for working, taking care of the house, and taking on most of the child-rearing activities in your home, talk to your spouse and come up with a solution where they take some of these responsibilities off your shoulders.
Not only can this help you feel better right away, but it’ll also prevent future stress.
[b]Best Things to do When Stressed[/b]
Don’t let stress and anxiety get the better of you. Instead, follow this list of things to do when stressed to improve your mental health. From exercising and eating right to aromatherapy and volunteering, there are many different ways you can reduce stress.
Are you interested in reducing stress by volunteering? Then [url=https://www.givology.org/who-we-are/mission-vision/]learn more[/url] about how you can help children around the world get access to a better education.
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