According to a recent TED talk, stress can make you sick and can have a massive impact on not only your state of mind but also your body.
Sharon Bergquist, the professor of medicine over at Emory University, has discovered the effects that stress can have on us for a latest video on the Ted EC site and it’s all pretty interesting.
Stress is a response we will all get from time to time, it’s unavoidable and in some cases it can be quite helpful. For instance, it can help heighten up the alertness and energy needed to excel. In unmanageable cases, it can cause anxiety and worrying as well as a host of other nasties. Our bodies’ reaction to intense stress could lead to possible risks like heart disease and irritable bowel syndrome.
There are some great suggestions out there in the World Wide Web that can help us control our stress and anxieties, and there’s even an infographic that looks at the ‘tried and tested’ methods that some of the most successful leaders in the business world use to deal with stress.
So – what are the best ways of coping with stress? Here are 6 of the best suggestions that can help to bust that stress bubble away.
- 1. Meditate
It may sound pretty obvious that something as calming as meditation might help to de-stress, but it’s super effective. The core principles of meditation involve understanding your problems and being able to take control so that you can therefore move forward – even something as simple as focusing on taking deep full breaths can be super beneficial on-the-move and requires little effort on your behalf. The aim is to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth, inhaling enough so that your lower abdomen rises and falls. The more oxygen you get – the less tense you should feel.
- 2. Talking it out
For some, talking through your issues and worries with a trusted friend or family member can help decrease your stress levels. According to Professor Cooper, from Lancaster University, “talking things through with a friend will also help you find solutions to your problems” so can be effective in other parts of your life too. The thought of knowing that there’s someone out there who at least is aware of your situation, even if they might not understand it fully, can be helpful. There are many support groups out there and online websites which offer support with talking things out if you feel you can’t talk about your situation with your friends.
- 3. Have some ‘tech-free’ time
It’s so quick and easy to find that one Facebook status or tweet that can set your mind off into stress-overdrive. By allowing yourself some time away from your technology devices and social networks, you can regain some focus in your life and reflect on what’s important. You might even realise it’s not worth getting so worked up and much easier to just get over it.
- 4. Treat your body with respect
What you’re putting in your body could have a knock-on effect to your stress and anxiety, so be careful on your alcohol and smoking habits – try and cut them down if you can. Also, make sure you’re eating the right kinds of food. According to Prevention, the likes of Asparagus, Avocados, chamomile tea and even dark chocolate can contain the right antioxidants to help boost your mood on a low day.
- 5. Go for a walk
Walking is a perfect way to clear your mind and help boost those endorphins which can help reduce the stress hormones – especially after a long or stressful day. Even if it’s a short 10 minute walk round the block, it can help to reflect and relax your body.
- 6. Watch a video
According to the Mayo Clinic, laughing can help enhance your intake of oxygen so go ahead and find a video that will make you smile and chuckle. We recommend cat videos, because cats are awesome and super cool, but it’s up to your own interpretation of what you enjoy and what will make you feel revived.
It’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Stress is natural but if it goes into overdrive then it can cause some serious harm to your body and mind. Find the most effective way that works for you in relieving your stress and make sure you find the right time regularly to practice these habits.
Together, we can all stick a middle finger up to stress.