Zap Your Stress

Relax. You deserve it, it's great for you, and it takes less time than you think.

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We all feel stressed at times, but what one person finds stressful may be very different from what another finds stressful. An example of this would be moving to a new place or talking in public. Some love the thrill of it and others become paralyzed at the very thought.

Stress isn’t always a bad thing, either. Your wedding day, for example, may be considered a good form of stress.

But stress should be temporary. Once you’ve passed the fight-or-flight moment, your heart rate and breathing should slow down and your muscles should relax. In a short time, your body should return to its natural state without any lasting negative effects.

On the other hand, severe, frequent, or prolonged stress can be mentally and physically harmful.

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Here’s a few things you can do to manage stress:

  1. Meditate. A few minutes of practice per day can help ease anxiety. Simply sit down or whatever feels comfortable for you and repeat to yourself a positive mantra such as “I feel great” or “I love myself.” Let any distracting thoughts float by like clouds. -

  2. Breath deeply. Take a 5 minutes brake and focus on your breathing.

  3. Be present. Slow down. When you spend time in the moment and focus on your senses, you should feel less tense.

  4. Tune into your body. Mentally scan your body to get a sense of how stress affects it each day and lay down and just notice how your body feels.

  5. Laugh out loud or simply smile more. It lowers cortisol, your body’s stress hormone, and boosts brain chemicals called endorphins, which help your mood. Maybe chatting with someone who makes you smile will do.

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6. Listen to your favorite music. Research shows that listening to soothing music can lower blood pressure, heart rate, and anxiety or you can also blow off steam by rocking out to more upbeat tunes and singing at the top of your lungs!

7. Get moving. Any form of exercise will help the brain release feel-good chemicals and give your body a chance to practice dealing with stress.

8. Be grateful. Keep a gratitude journal or simply write down on a piece of paper all the things that are good in your life.

When you start feeling stressed, spend a few minutes looking through your notes to remind yourself what really matters.