Stress Management

Stressed out?

Don't be!

Having too much stress can cause so many health problems and take a toll on day-to-day activities. You could be doing too much, have too much on your mind, or if you're anything like me, multi-tasking your life away trying to be Superwoman (or Superman).

If you feel that you have too much on your plate, take a break and try some of these stress relieving remedies!

1. Yoga & Meditation

Yoga is a great way to relax while exercising. It calms your senses, regulates your breathing, and instills self control and relaxation. Yoga can help you feel better all around and help you feel less stiff and tired. The best part is... you burn calories while doing it!

Some forms of yoga focus on breathing which ultimately helps you relax. Some yoga styles incorporate meditation techniques that help calm the mind which is good if you want to put your mind at ease for a little bit.

Yoga has long been known to lower blood pressure and slow the heart rate. A slower heart rate can benefit people with high blood pressure or heart disease, and people who've had a stroke.

Yoga has also been linked to lower cholesterol and better immune system function.

2. Exercising

I love to burn off some extra steam with a good workout. When I'm done, I feel refreshed, energized, and ready to take on the world. Exercising is clinically proven to lower levels of anxiety, depression and stress, it also helps improve memory and your mood.

When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins are known to reduce your perception of pain.

Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body.That feeling, known as a "runner's high" can be followed by a positive and energizing outlook on life.

3. Stretch It Out

Stretching tense muscles creates a calming effect throughout the body. When stretching, the blood flow in the body elevates and this plays a very important role in maintaining overall muscle health. Stretching is therapeutic because it helps the mind calm down and provide fast relief from stress.

When stress reduces in your mind, you will be able to achieve a better focus and become more productive when working.

Stretching is AMAZING for your muscles and can help with flexibility.

It never hurts to do a little foam rolling either, it feels amazing and releases the excess tension built up in certain muscles. Its a good kind of pain!

4. Listen To Music

Pop in some headphones and go on a nice little jog to clear your head. When I run, I listen to some of my favorite songs to boost my mood and let my legs lead the way. Music has a unique link to our emotions which makes it an extremely effective stress management provider. Music can have a beneficial effect on our bodily functions, slowing down our pulse and heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing the levels of stress hormones. Because running is one of the best exercises in managing stress, I recommend listening to your favorite tunes and going on a nice little outdoor stroll, don't forget to stop and smell the roses!

5. Positive Self Talk

I'm all about positivity, I feel that there's no reason to be negative towards others or be negative towards yourself. Be encouraging, uplifting, inspiring, and motivating. There's no better feeling than saying "I can do this", "nothing can stop me" and achieving that goal. Positive self talk helps relieve stress by giving a little confidence boost. Here's a couple phrases you should say to yourself at least once a day.

  • "I've got this."

  • "I can get help if I need it."

  • "We can work it out."

  • "I won't let this problem get me down."

  • "Things could always be worse."

  • "I'm human, and we all make mistakes."

  • "Some day I'll laugh about this."

  • "I can deal with this situation."

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