5 Ways To Reduce Stress
- The way you breathe affects the whole body. Breathing exercises are a good way to relax, reduce tension, and relieve stress.
Due to current concerns about our physical health, it is also important to take care of our mental health.
We have been going through very stressful times, and sometimes it is difficult to know how to manage stress, so we decided to give you some tips:
The first is: Breathing exercises
We must convince the brain that we are not in danger and the easiest way to do this is through breathing.
Deep breathing exercises are one of the best ways to reduce stress on the body.
By breathing deeply, the body sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax. Then the brain sends this message to the body.
The brain is the one that decides when we should relax, and when we breathe deeply, that message is transmitted.
It is like a trap that forces your body to stabilize.
Some factors of stress, such as an increased heart rate, rapid breathing, and high blood pressure, decrease as you breathe deeply to relax.
Breathing exercises are easy to learn. You can make them whenever you want and you don't need special tools or equipment to make them.
2. Consume less news:
There are studies that prove that seeing a lot of news about very stressful events increases stress (such as 9/11 or the coronavirus).
The plan is not to stop watching the news entirely. But it would be better to make a plan for how to watch the news. For example; only see them once a day.
3. Don't drink a lot of alcohol:
Drinking can cure anxiety at the moment, but taking too much, in the long run, can affect the body's balance. This will cause stress to increase even more than before.
4. Retrieve action:
Uncertainty, not knowing what is going to happen, causes a lot of anxiety. It is important to create a world that is predictable for yourself.
Even the smallest things can help, for example:
-Maintain a schedule (gives us a sense of purpose and value)
-Have a routine every day
-Learn something new
-Organize your things
-Help people (this activates the brain's reward system and reduces the level of cortisol)
* Cortisol is a stress hormone.
5. Stop concentrating on yourself:
Many current stressors are not individual problems that they can solve on their own. They are bigger than that, for example, unemployment, food insecurity, medical care, climate change, etc.
We don't always need to help with money; you can donate time, blood, or skills.
We are connected to connect with others; it is our nature. We all need to help and care for each other.