3 Simple Things you can do Immediately to Relieve Stress
by dr. jesse lang
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Work and life in general can be incredibly stressful sometimes. It’s easy to get caught up with the deadlines and targets, and before you know it, you are stressed out and completely overwhelmed.
It happens to the best of us.
There is no shortage of stressors in the ever-changing, super intense environment we live in—whether it’s at work, at home with children out of school due to the pandemic, or as an entrepreneur running your business.
With mostly inadequate social support, non-existent self-care routines, and our tendency to always take more than we can handle, stress and anxiety is a common result.
Physical and emotional distress
Stressful situations trigger an automatic psychological and physiological reaction in our bodies… the fight or flight response. If there is no stress release, this reaction takes on different forms and it can affect you both physically and emotionally.
Physically, it sucks out all of your energy; leaving you feeling fatigued and exhausted all the time. It also causes frequent headaches, muscle and joint pains, increased heart rate, and hypertension among others. Emotionally, you experience a loss of motivation, lack of mental clarity, self-doubt, depression, and anxiety.
Ultimately, stress, if not properly managed, will lead to massive losses not only in your business or work but also in your health.
What’s more; the more stressed you are, the less you get done and that adds to the stress, tension, and anxiety… it’s a never-ending cycle that could kill you and your business. Being stressed for long periods of time can lead to burnout.
And nobody wants that.
I’m sure you want to thrive in our work or business and live a long, productive, stress-free life… and it’s doable.
What you can control…
While you cannot control most of the external stressors, you can control your response to it. You can
relieve stress by applying some simple stress management or stress releasing techniques in your daily life.
Here are three simple self-care tips that you use immediately to help release some of that stress before it overwhelms and crushes you:
#1 Go to sleep
When you sleep, your body rests and repairs or restores itself…which is a perfect remedy for stress and anxiety. However, the sleep-stress relationship is a complex one.
First of all, stress causes sleeplessness and disrupts your sleep cycle because the body releases a stress hormone called cortisol which basically keeps you alert when you should be asleep.
And what happens when you don’t get enough sleep?
You are constantly fatigued, unproductive, and moody as hell… sounds like a vicious stress cycle.
But… sleep is also a powerful stress reliever. So if you deliberately create and stick to a regular sleep routine, it will help you rest and give the body time to repair and restore. You will wake up relaxed and with the mental clarity to help you in decision-making and problem-solving. No more stress.
#2 Get Some Fresh Air
Yes… get outside and take a walk. I know you feel like you can’t afford a break but fresh air is not only good for your lungs, it’s also a great way to relax and improve your mental focus.
The combination of fresh air and movement is the perfect way to relieve stress and activate the “feel good” hormones. While at it, you can listen to your favorite playlist or podcast.
Try it… it works like magic.
#3 Visit your chiropractor
Chiropractic care is a well-known natural relief for stress and anxiety. It helps relieve fatigue, inflammation, stiffness, headaches, and joint pains—which are common symptoms of stress and anxiety.
Regular chiropractic adjustments help improve blood flow, especially to the brain, which will improve your mental focus and clarity… exactly what you need to overcome stressful situations.
So book your next chiropractic appointment and get your bones (and your brain) cracking into place!
Some more ways to reduce or manage stress include having a healthy diet, exercise, setting aside time to relax, participating in fun activities, spending time with family and friends, and good time management.
It’s also important to know and accept your limits, and learn how to say no so that you are not taking on more than you can handle.
Make time for routine self-care, and if need be, seek professional help to manage your stress levels and stay focused on your goals.