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Simple Ways to Reduce Stress
Stress Awareness Month is recognized every April. Here at Pharmacy Solutions, we understand all our patients experience stress in many ways. Our goal in recognizing Stress Awareness Month is to not only help patients understand the different kinds of stress, but also ways to effectively relieve some of the everyday stressors of life. Continue reading for tips on healthy ways to manage stress.
We all experience stress from time to time. The release of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol, helps you cope with immediate challenges. But when your level of stress becomes chronic or goes beyond what your body can handle, it can compromise your physical, emotional, and mental health—which can make it even harder for you to cope with future stress and stressors.
Did you know you can control how your body reacts to friendly and not-so-friendly stressors? Finding quick and effective “tension tamers” that turn off the alarm response and turn on the relaxation response helps your body return to normal functioning following a stressful event.
Try introducing one or a few of these techniques and find out what works best for you in times of stress. You’ll feel calmer within minutes!
- Breathe from your belly.
Sit in a comfortable position and take a few deep breaths by expanding your belly (rather than lifting your shoulders). Releasing physical tension and increasing oxygen intake calms you quickly—even if stressful events continue.
- Take a short walk.
Change your scenery and change your perspective—indoors or outdoors. Walking gets your blood circulating and helps you blow off steam so you can return with a new frame of mind.
- Spring into action.
Even a short burst of exercise (like running up several flights of stairs or several sets of push-ups or abdominal crunches) can reduce stress. Exercise helps deliver more oxygen to your brain and distracts you from stress to give you a fresh perspective. Even simple stretching can help bring a little relief.
- Listen to music.
Soft music can help relax tense muscles or get you in the zone when practicing other stress reduction activities: yoga, guided imagery, or soaking in the tub. And upbeat music can help lift your mood or keep you energized.
- Dance or sing.
Start moving to your favorite tunes or just sing along. Bursting into song or a silly dance move can transport you to a stress-free zone.
- Take a mental break.
Steal a few minutes of peace to gazing out your window or visualizing yourself in your favorite space, doing your favorite things, or being with your favorite people. These simple actions can help break the stress response quickly.
Maintaining a sense of humor reminds us that our stressors may not be as menacing as they seem. Purchase or download a laugh track, cartoons, jokes, or your favorite comedy TV show or movies to enjoy when you’re feeling overwhelmed.
- Write in a journal.
If you like to write, journaling clarifies your thoughts and feelings for increased self-knowledge. Putting the experience on paper gets it off your mind and helps you refocus—and teaches you to cope the next time it happens.
- Take a power nap.
Midday sleep gives you more patience, better reaction time, increased learning, more efficiency, and better health. If you only have five minutes to spare, just close your eyes. Even brief rest reduces stress and helps you relax.
- Supplement where needed.
Pharmacy Solutions offers many pharmaceutical grade supplements designed to help with stress. Click the link below to learn more about the supplements we offer and how they work for stress. If you need extra guidance deciding which supplement is best for you, reach out to our pharmacists help.
Don’t change your life; change your response to stress.
Stress in inevitable in life no matter how big or small. You don’t have to make big changes in your life to reduce your stress level. Just lessen the impact that stressful occurrences can have on you. These quick and simple tips make it easy for you to change your response to stressors and live a more positive, fulfilling life.
For more help with living a lower-stress lifestyle, contact us today.