Stressed?You need to compress! Before you decompress, though, lets take a look at why you are feeling stressed.
What is Stress?
Stress is a natural bodily reaction to a perceived harm. You may know this reaction as the “fight or flight syndrome“. When your body becomes stressed it releases hormones called cortisol and the better known adrenaline. These hormones trigger your body to breathe harder, divert blood from the gastrointestinal tract to your muscles, elevate your heart rate, dilate your pupils and increase your awareness.
I know, that doesn’t sound so bad, does it? Sounds like fun. It is the perfect scenario for a good work out too, right? I mean, who doesn’t like to be aware or have their muscles ready to move. Dilated pupils give you that dreamy doe-eyed look, who wouldn’t want that???
The problem is, the physical state of stress is supposed to be temporary. If the stress hormones are not used by physical activity they will accumulate in your system and cause both mental and physical illness. People who suffer from long-term stress are at high risk for problems such as high blood pressure, depression, gastric ulcers, stroke, heart attack, chronic headaches, chronic fatigue, and the list goes on and on. In fact, stress can manifest itself in strange ways that you have never imagined, who knows what could happen as a result of stress. Is it good to feel like this? No. Is it worth risking these health problems? No. This is a serious situation which calls for some action to decompress.
Tips To Decompress
Physical Activity: One of the best ways to relieve stress is to get active. Even a simple 10 minute walk will ease the tension and eliminate feelings of stress. Increase that to 30 minutes per day and you will see a dramatic decrease in your stress levels and will be strengthening your heart and body as well. Choose different activities that you enjoy doing and soon you will feel much more relaxed.
Deep Breathing: Take 15-20 minutes every day and practice deep breathing exercises. Deep breathing relaxes your muscles, lowers your heart rate, calms your mind and relaxes your body.
Writing: Buy a special journal to jot down your thoughts and your feelings. Writing your feelings out on paper is cathartic, provides you with a moment of rest and reflection and suddenly things don’t seem so bad.
Talking: Talking with someone you trust to express your emotions in a positive way can help lift your burden and improves your coping skills.
Laughing and crying: Laughing and crying are our bodies natural way of relieving tension and dealing with stressful situations. Rent your favorite comedy or tear-jerker and let some tension go.
Do what you love: In your journal, list your favorite activities, things you love to do. Choose one or two of those activities to do when stress is building up. Doing what you love is fun and relaxing and gives you a sense of purpose. A perfect scenario for relieving stress.
Accentuate the positive: The power of positive thinking goes a long way in your ability to cope with stressful situations. People who practice positive thinking have lower incidences of depression, cardiovascular disease, and the common cold. Positive thinkers also have longer life spans. Think positive!
Meditation: Take 15-20 minutes and focus on feeling calm and clearing your mind. You can practice your deep breathing in conjunction with meditation if you want to. Taking a moment out of a buys day and clearing your mind can relieve stress in a huge way.
Imagery: Imagery is a stress reduction technique that uses your imagination of pleasant sounds, smells, sights, feelings and colors to release tension. The great thing about imagery is that you can do it anywhere and it is like a little mini imaginary vacation. Start with strong imagery and work your way to softer colors and images in your mind and you will find the tension gradually leaving your body.
Smell the roses: If you are feeling stressed out, take some time to enjoy life’s simple pleasures. These might include taking a hot bubble bath, reading a good book, planting some flowers, fix a special meal and eat by candlelight, watch the sunrise or sunset, or sleeping in. Just pick a bouquet of roses, take a whiff, feel just a little renewed.
Are you feeling stressed? You need to decompress! Beat stress by simply applying some of our tips to decompress to help you feel more relaxed, happy and healthy.