3 Methods to Drastically Reduce Stress
Ugh, just saying the word makes me cringe. We all know stress, everybody experiences it on a day-to-day basis and studies have shown most people don’t do much about it. So it begs the question, can stress be completely eradicated from our lives? Well, the short answer is “no”, but then again stress can sometimes be a good thing (it motivates you, and helps increase productivity). However, the build-up of stress can be detrimental to your health physically, mentally, and emotionally, which is why we’d like to propose 3 viable strategies to help reduce it.
Meditate: Mediation seems to have a certain connotation to it where you immediately imagine a group of monks sitting around in a circle, legs crossed, humming amongst each other. Nevertheless, it’s not as laborious as it sounds, considering it’s just a simple breathing technique. Yes, like anything else, it requires some practice (but you can totally do it!). Meditating has been proven to improve concentration and lower blood pressure. You can find plenty of resources to assist, guide and teach you the art of meditation online.
Chew Gum: If you wanted a simple solution to stress, you came to the right place. Studies have revealed that the act of chewing gum actually lowers your cortisol levels, which in turn alleviates stress. Relief has been shown to occur immediately as well as in the long run.
Listen to Music: The music we listen to can be highly interconnected with our emotions, which means it can be an incredibly effective tool in improving our mood. Research has indicated that by listening to music, it can actually trigger various biochemical stress reducers. Who knows, maybe it’s just a great distraction. But whatever works for ya, right?