Stress is everywhere and unless you learn to deal effectively with it and find ways to get some stress relief, it can cause some serious health problems.
Common signs that you have stress
#1 – Headaches, muscle aches, fatigue, loss of interest in sex, and changes in your sleep pattern and bowel habits.
#2 – Increased anxiousness, lack of motivation, depression and restlessness.
#3 – Overeating or not eating enough, using alcohol or drugs, withdrawing from social situations, or lashing out in anger.
Things you can do to relieve stress
If you notice that you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should go speak to your doctor. Have a physical to make sure that you do not have any underlying problems such as increased blood pressure. Ask your doctor how to decrease the stressful situations in your life.
You could just need to take a walk everyday after dinner to alleviate some anxiety. Nothing beats exercise for stress relief and to know you are doing something good for yourself is a plus as well. It does not even have to be intense exercise. A walk around the neighborhood will do nicely.
If you have the time you could try a yoga class. Yoga is extremely effective for relieving tension and helping you remain centered and calm.
No one has to be a victim of the stressful situations life throws at us everyday. All you have to do is find ways to deal with it that work for you.
Maybe some aroma therapy would be nice – Lavender is one of the best scents used for calming. Place only a drop or two on a cotton ball or tissue and put it up to your nose. Inhale slowly and deeply. Exhale through your mouth and close your eyes and lay your head back. Relax your entire body as you exhale. Repeat as needed.
Include some soft music and dim lights to enhance the calming effects of the essential oils. This is so easy to do and you could even manage to do this at work especially during a particularly rough day.
When was the last time you laughed…at anything? If you cannot remember when you last had a good belly laugh then maybe you need to go rent a good comedy on your way home tonight.
Everyone has heard that laughter is the best medicine, right? Well, it is also one of the best stress relief activities you can do for yourself, and it’s free for everyone to do. Watch funny movies or get together with some old friends and reminisce about old times. Just laugh!