Aside from the feeling of being edge, anxiety and stress can lead to a lack of concentration, loss of sleep and appetite and sweats among other things. Prolonged stress can have serious long-term health effects that include high blood pressure, diabetes, hair loss and heart disease.
In addition to eating healthy, working out and getting good sleep, here are some stress relievers that can improve the way you feel at work and home.
- Animals. Research shows that pets can greatly reduce your stress and blood pressure. If dogs and cats aren’t for you or you’re unable to have them in your house, consider a fish. Aquariums and fish are another tranquil way to help reduce stress.
- Comedy. Laughing is a great way to relieve stress. Content providers like Netflix have tons of funny sitcoms and stand-up specials that will help you let loose.
- Comfort Foods. Eating healthy goes without saying but you can also help your stress levels by going for comfort foods. Research shows that foods like avocados, pistachios, oysters and oatmeal can all help reduce stress.
- Plan a Trip. Whether it’s a vacation or a day trip, having something to look forward to is a great way to reduce stress.
- Plan Ahead: Being prepared and thinking ahead helps provide clarity at work and home and will prevent you from feeling “scattered brained” or rushed.
- Be Creative. Think about your interests and try something making something. You can learn how to do just about anything by watching YouTube videos and you might find something new you’re really good at.
- Keep It Positive. Stay away from people that always complain. Constant negativity can be draining. Hang around people that make you laugh and have a positive outlook.
- Let It Go. We’ve all heard the saying “don’t sweat the small stuff”. Take a look at the things that stress you out and consider letting go of the ones that cause you the most stress. Keep it simple.