5 Ways to Destress Your Mind and Body
By Zoe Verelli
Stress is a part of every single one of our lives. We deal with so much on a regular basis that we have the tendency to overwork our mind and body, and disregard its effects on our mental, physical, and emotional health.
We hear it all the time: stress is bad for us. So why are so many of us still so stressed out all the time? Some of us are so accustomed to it that we may or may not be conscious of it. The truth is, it’s there and it’s weighing heavily on each of us.
There are numerous ways that you can destress your mind and body. You just have to be willing to listen and care enough to make changes. In order to help you figure it out, we’ve put together a list of 5 anybody can try:
- Figure out what your stressor is
We’ve all got things in our lives that stress us out, such as school, work, relationships, and so many more. It’s expected of us to be stressed sometimes, we can’t avoid it altogether. BUT when it develops into something you feel every day, there’s a problem. You need to find out whatever it is that is causing you so much stress and pain, and figure out how to fix or change it so that it doesn’t continue to hurt your mind and body.
- Get some exercise
Many physicians will tell you that one of the best ways to destress is to exercise on a daily basis. Physical activity releases endorphins, which are chemicals in the brain that have a numbing or painkilling effect. Exercise also increases ability to sleep, which will definitely help in reducing stress levels.
We don’t all have the time to join a gym but you don’t need to! Just going for a little walk or jog can make the biggest difference.
- Start being positive
Your attitude depends on your outlook on life and all its complexities. If you have the tendency to be pessimistic, you’re more likely to feel stressed and angry at yourself and the world. Get rid of some of the negativity in your life. This means think, reflect, and emote in positive ways. You should remove stressors in your life, and stay away from those individuals who seem to have the power to hurt you or negatively affect you.
- Rest your mind and body
On a daily basis, we put our minds and body’s to work without allowing ourselves the proper amount of time to rest and rejuvenate our energy. We’re told that adults need at least 8 hours of sleep, but do any of us really give ourselves that much time? If you don’t, start to. It’s vital for your mental and physical health.
If your mind is always on the run and getting sleep is a problem for you, try something that will ease your thoughts and tire your body. For example, drinking a warm cup of tea or listening to soothing sounds can help.
- Distract yourself
Whether it’s reading a good book, watching your favorite TV show, or simply taking a hot bath, try it out when your stress levels are high. With your mind and body constantly at work, it needs some down time to rest – distractions do exactly that. Certain thoughts or emotions may cause you to feel anxious and bring on unnecessary stress. In order to relieve yourself of this, distract, distract, distract!
You don’t need to be so stressed all the time. Trust us, it’s not worth the pain and frustration!