Stress is everywhere and it’s something you just can’t avoid. However, if you let stress get the best of you, it can negatively impact both your mental and physical health. That’s why it’s crucial to find ways to manage your stress on a daily – or hourly – basis.
Consider these tips to help you feel calm, less overwhelmed and positive as you encounter stressful situations.
Relax Your Muscles
As you begin to feel the effects of stress, it’s common for your muscles to tense in every part of your body. You can begin to calm down your mental and physical state, though, by relaxing your muscles. For instance, take a moment to stretch. Perform yoga poses, lunges and a few basic stretches that allow you to put your arms over your head to help you feel calm. A hot bath or shower also helps to relax those muscles that are tense.
Head to the Gym
Exercise is one of the most natural ways to combat stress. In fact, when you make exercise part of your daily routine, you can combat stress before it even consumes you. Exercise naturally relaxes your mind and your body and has been known to have mood-enhancing effects. While you may not have enough time to spend hours in the gym, try and exercise for at least 30 minutes three to five times each week when first launching a workout routine. Gradually increase the intensity and the duration as your body adjusts.
Utilize CBD Products
When stress has you feeling overwhelmed, you can take off the edge by utilizing some of your favorite CBD products. From CBD oil to cooking with CBD salves, you can ease your mind and potentially reduce anxiety with the healing properties of CBD.
Evaluate Your Diet
We get it. When you’ve had a long day, you want to indulge in food that makes you feel better. Unfortunately, we tend to reach for fatty foods such as chips or sugary snacks such as cookies and ice cream. Your diet could be negating your ability to deal with stress if you’re not fueling it with the right foods. Try and find ways to add more vegetables, fruits and protein to your diet to help boost your mood and your ability to combat stress.
Practice Deep Breathing
One of the most effective ways to manage stress is to regulate and slow your breathing to help calm your body and mind. When you feel stressed, stop and take a few deep breaths. It works best when you sit with your hands in your lap, close your eyes and visualize something positive while taking in and exhaling deep breaths.
The reality is that it is impossible to avoid stress, but finding ways to cope and manage these situations can drastically improve your quality of life.