Previously, we’ve mentioned how stress can increase the probability of developing certain lifestyle diseases, and accelerate their symptoms. It’s important for your wellbeing to take time out and find the best activity for you to reduce your stress and reset your mind and body. There are many different ways to do this, so it’s important that you find the right one for you!
How Can You Minimise Stress?
Coping with stress isn’t only important for your physical wellbeing – it’s imperative for your mental wellbeing too. Working through your stress will improve your concentration, your mental health in terms of anxiety and depression, as well as your overall cognitive functions. A healthy body means a healthy mind, and vice versa, so finding something that can benefit both will do extraordinary things for your life. Some of these activities include:
Exercise to Reduce Stress
You’ve probably heard it a thousand times and you might be tired of it, but there are so many benefits of moving your body. Exercise boosts happy hormones in your brain; by getting your heart rate up from consistent physical exercise, your brain releases endorphins and serotonin. On the plus side, when you look good, you feel good. Exercise (along with a healthy diet) will keep off excess weight, which helps you feel confident about yourself and more equipped to take on stressors.
Fresh air and the natural shades of being outdoors (in nature, not outside at a restaurant) have an automatic calming effect on the mind and body. Time in nature will reduce the stress hormone cortisol, while boosting endorphins and dopamine. You can spend time outside in parks with your friends and family, go on a hike or a trail run, visit a natural park, and loads more!
There are some arty activities that you can do that can be meditative and cathartic. Adult colouring books have gained popularity and can be found in just about any hobby, craft, or stationery store. Other activities that get your creative juices washing away the stress include:
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