5 Ways to Stress Less

sunflower-1497365_1920It’s that dreaded ‘s’ word. Stress is something that affects all of us. It can cause us to eat more or less, become grumpy to our family and friends, and put us in an overall bad mood. There are ways we can combat stress and take back meaning in our lives. Here are 5 ways to de-stress.

1.  Take Time to Do Something You Love

Whether it’s polishing your nails, gardening, or baking your favorite recipe, take time out for yourself, and make sure to spend it doing something you love and enjoy

2.  Pray or Meditate

There are some things in the universe that we can’t control. Leave such things to a higher power and know that tomorrow is a new day.

3.  Exercise

Being stressed out causes us to want to calm our nerves and anxieties with comfort foods. Our cortisol levels and hormones are raised in our body, causing us to crave bad food. Calm those cravings by working out. Join a gym, run the treadmill, or do my personal favorite; jog on a track outdoors. Jogging or running outside has the nice added bonus of a changing scenery, not being closed behind four walls. Even if you just sneak in 10 to 20 minutes of exercise for the day, it can make you feel better.

4.  Breathe Slowly

Breathing exercises are very good for the body. There are different methods and forms of breathing practices, but I recommend taking time to inhale and exhale slowly, appreciating the essence around you and clearing your mind of any stressful thoughts and situations.

5.  Get an Appropriate Amount Sleep

Sleep is very important. It will determine how you treat yourself, your co-workers and those you’re close with the next day. Try to get the appropriate amount of sleep that leaves you feeling refreshed in the morning. Some people say 7 hours others say 9. But like any diet or other personal regime, your amount of sleep should be individualized and personalized to what makes you feel good.

There are tons of ways to lessen the stress in our lives. Each body and everybody is different. Choose the way that makes you feel the best. Allow yourself to take control of the way you manage the stresses of everyday life.