• Deanne Pandey

Is the 2020 stress making a mess? Here are some tips.

This entire year has been a stressful roller coaster, and it is ending soon. But does this mean the stress is ending as well. However, in today’s fast paced world, stress is inevitable and it is pertinent for people of all ages to brace themselves to deal with stress. The year of 2020 was filled with extreme levels of uncertainty and stress. It is not easy to cope up with such drastic lifestyle changes around you. Moreover, believe it or not, even the holiday season brings about a lot of stress. That is why, in order to not let the stress get to you, it is firstly important to come to terms with it and secondly deal with it in productive ways. Here are some things you can try-

Regular exercise can help lower stress and anxiety by releasing endorphins and improving your sleep and self-image. Exercise lowers your body’s stress hormones — such as cortisol — in the long run. It also helps release endorphins, which are chemicals that improve your mood and act as natural painkillers. When you exercise regularly, you may feel more competent and confident in your body, which in turn promotes mental wellbeing. Several supplements promote stress and anxiety reduction. Certain supplements can reduce stress and anxiety, including ashwagandha, omega-3 fatty acids, green tea and lemon balm. Aromatherapy can also help lower anxiety and stress. Light a candle or use essential oils to benefit from calming scents. One more way to handle stress is to write things down. While recording what you’re stressed about is one approach, another is jotting down what you’re grateful for. Gratitude may help relieve stress and anxiety by focusing your thoughts on what’s positive in your life. Keeping a journal can help relieve stress and anxiety, especially if you focus on the positive. One unique way to deal with stress is by chewing gum. Chewing gum causes brain waves similar to those of relaxed people. Another is that chewing gum promotes blood flow to your brain.

Naturally, it goes without saying that social interactions have a huge impact on your stress levels. Social support from friends and family can help you get through stressful times. Being part of a friend network gives you a sense of belonging and self-worth, which can help you in tough times. Further, mindful practices like deep breathing, yoga and meditation has been proven to be one of the best ways to cope up with stress. More than coping up, it is

a self reflective medium. Through this, you are in a position to analyse your thoughts and feelings. Lastly, spending time with your pet is a relaxing, enjoyable way to reduce stress.

Although stress and anxiety may arise in your workplace and personal life, there are many simple ways to reduce the pressure you feel. These tips often involve getting your mind away from the source of stress. Incorporate them in your daily life and let us know what works for you. Stay Home, Stay Safe and Happy Holidays.

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