Top 5 Quick and Easy Ways to Relieve Stress

Top 5 Quick and Easy Ways To Relieve Stress

Stress is a part of life, but it can make you sick and bring on all sorts of negative consequences. Here are 5 quick and easy ways to relieve stress.


Stress can be a killer. It's been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, depression, obesity, and cancer. Knowing how to manage stress is crucial if you want to stay healthy.

Top 5 Quick and Easy Ways to Relieve Stress

We all know that there are plenty of ways to relieve stress, but which are the best? We're here to help you find out with these five stress relievers guaranteed to help you feel more relaxed in no time at all!


1. Laugh about something funny


2. Take deep breaths


3. Do some push-ups


4. Listen to music that calms you down


5. Watch your favorite TV show or movie

What Is Stress?

We've all experienced stress at one point or another. That's why the human mind likes to relive and process negative situations, which could result in a higher risk of health problems.


1. Stressed = Anxious & Irritable


Your body releases stress hormones to bring you back to balance and focus on work. But sometimes this can lead to physiological issues like muscle tension, heart problems, and digestive problems.


2. Detoxifying Electrolytes Is Important


Stress leads to an increase in blood sugar levels. Our bodies naturally process sugar as the body needs it, but when sugar levels are higher, your blood can't be as healthy. If you're stressed, your body has to work harder to try to balance your blood sugar levels.

The Negative Impact of Stress

According to Healthline, "when you're under high levels of stress, your body releases adrenaline, a hormone that makes you feel an adrenaline rush, even if you're sitting around doing nothing."


The "fight or flight" response is something that makes you feel tired, drained, and wired. Essentially, it makes you go from being a happy, alert, and energetic person to being an anxious, nervous, irritable, and depressed one in a flash.


That makes it hard for you to focus on other things, as you're focused on your stress levels and how you're going to handle them.


Why Stress Happens


For starters, stress is natural. Our bodies have a way of responding to any type of stimulus that comes our way, and stress is one of the ways that the body reacts to it.

5 Quick and Easy Ways To Relieve Stress

1. Laugh about something funny


Do you find that all the problems of the world seem trivial or even stupid when you're laughing? Take some time to do something funny. It's a great way to take your mind off of things, soothe your mood and give you a chance to clear your head.


2. Take deep breaths


Once you've taken a few deep breaths, try this: take a long slow breath in through your nose, then a short slow breath out through your mouth. This helps you calm down. Try this for a few minutes. You'll feel better and your brain will stop thinking so much!


3. Do some push-ups


Do you like how strong and defined your arms are? Do you have one or two, or even six-pack abs? Do you love to do sit-ups and planks? If so, you'll definitely love doing push-ups.

Laugh about something funny

Laughing releases endorphins into your body which make you feel more relaxed. Listening to comedy will give you the same feeling!


Do some push-ups


Deep breaths really do help to calm you down! If you can't do push-ups, do deep abdominal breathing exercises.


Listen to music that calms you down


Music can really help. Find a song that really fits your mood and start listening to it.


Watch your favorite TV show or movie


This can be a great way to spend some down-time. Be sure to pick a movie you really like so that you will want to watch it again and again.


Use these stress relievers in your everyday life to stay balanced and happy!


Feed your body with healthy foods like fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats.


Cut out excess sugar from your diet.

Take deep breaths

We've all been taught that deep breathing is a great way to reduce stress, but how often do we actually practice it?


It's estimated that if you try deep breathing three times a day for the first two weeks, you'll see a difference in how you feel.


Start by breathing into your stomach, then hold your breath and notice how you feel.


Do this for two minutes, then slowly let your breath out.


You can also use a meditation app to help you do it.


Take deep breaths


This trick involves just a few seconds of deep breathing, and it can help you relax.


First, relax your shoulders and arms, then tilt your head back, and inhale for three seconds.


Take a second and then slowly exhale for seven seconds.


This method will help reduce your stress.


Pretend you are falling


We know the feeling.

Do some push-ups

Surprisingly, exercise is actually an effective way to relieve stress. Researchers found that performing certain exercises, like a few simple push-ups, are great ways to relieve stress. It's hard to become stressed when you're giving your body a workout!


Doing push-ups helps you boost the body's circulation and keeps blood flowing to muscles. That's important because when the body is stressed, the blood vessels in the heart constrict and your heart struggles to pump blood around your body. It's because of this that we become more likely to have a heart attack, stroke, or high blood pressure.


But you don't have to be a physical buff to use push-ups to help relieve stress. They work because of the mental part of the exercise.

Listen to music that calms you down

TO DEAL WITH STRESSFUL EMOTIONS


Laughter can do wonders to your body and mind. It's estimated that around 10 to 20 minutes of laughter each day can reduce stress and anxiety. Being able to laugh has also been linked to improved immune systems, memory and mood. Try to bring a smile to your face by listening to music, watching your favorite funny show or comedy movie, or laughing at your own jokes.


PUSH-UPS


PUSH-UPS may not be an activity that comes naturally to everyone, but they are a great way to relieve stress. Just take it slow and make sure you're fully committed. They help to strengthen and tone your muscles. But remember, push-ups shouldn't be used as a way to lose weight, so avoid going too heavy and taking breaks between reps.

Watch your favorite TV show or movie

Everyone has at least one "go to" way to relax, right? How about watching your favorite TV show, or movie?


Eureka! Dr. Jess recommends watching your favorite funny movies or TV shows to take your mind off of stressful situations.


Exercising


It's good for your body, mind, and soul!


Call your friends, take a walk, or play a game with the kids. Just get your mind off of work and onto fun.


We live in a world of anxiety and there's no need to let it take over.


Stress Relief: E-mail DRJ at drj@makebalanceinc.com


*Name changed for anonymity


Dr. Jarod J. Davis D.P.C. is the owner of Make Balance Inc. and is a licensed professional clinical counselor, human resiliency educator and speaker, life coach, public speaker, trainer, educator, human development consultant and blogger.

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