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Everyone experiences stress from time to time, but contrary to belief, not all stress is bad. Stress can motivate you to perform, like when you need to take a test. Stress can even potentially save your life. When you face danger, your body goes into what is called “fight” or “flight,” where your body either prepares to face the danger or flee from the danger. Although stress can be a form of motivation and potentially lifesaving, it can wreak havoc on your health when you experience it long-term.
Signs of Stress
Physical Signs You Could Be Stressed
Body aches and pains
Frequent colds and infections
Decrease sexual drive
Mental Signs You Could Be Stress
Sadness or depression
10 Ways to Decrease Your Stress Drastically
1.) Pamper Yourself – Once a week, pamper yourself by doing DIY facials or taking a trip to the nail salon. Make sure you turn off your phone and get rid of any distractions to enjoy your experience thoroughly.
3.) Read– Reading provides you a means to escape life through imagination temporarily. One study found that reading can reduce your stress by an astounding 68%, because “your mind is invited into a literary world that is free from the stressors that plague your daily life.” My favorite book at the moment is “You Are A Badass” by Jen Sincero. Check her book out HERE.
4.) Take A Bath– Soak your stress away in a warm bubble bath. Add a special treat such as a bath bomb, lavender Epson salt, or essential oils to make yourself feel extra special.
5.) Laugh Out Loud– Laughing out loud can put you in a happier mood. So watch a funny movie, call up a funny friend and laugh until your cheeks hurt.
6.) Exercise– Exercise may be the last thing on your mind when you are stressed, but trust me, once you get up and moving, you will feel much better due to the “feel good” hormones that are released in the brain.
7.) Music– Music is, by far, my favorite way to de-stress. I like upbeat, happy music, but anything that puts you in a better mood… Blast it, and dance like no one is watching.
8.) Go Technology Free– Believe it or not, increased stimulation from technology overloads your mind. Take a break from technology and allow your mind to relax.
9.) Sleep– Not getting enough sleep can increase your stress levels. Make sure you are getting 7-8 hours of sleep.
10.) Essential Oils– Essential oils have been around for many years and all for a good reason. Natural oils such as lavender, chamomile, frankincense, and rose can help boost your mood and help you relax. Depending on the essential oil, it can be used in a diffuser, used while you are taking a bath, rubbed on your skin, or ingested.
Results may vary. Information and statements made are for general purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Her Own Health does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Her Own Health are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.