How To Take Control Of Your Stress (Part 3)
You can, in fact, walk away from your stress. Long-distance walking improves your thinking and de-stresses your body, both mentally and physically. (Walking also aids in the prevention of obesity and lowers the risk of getting heart disease.) Walking for 20 minutes three to five times per week will give you more energy and help you walk off the aches and pains produced by a sedentary job or lifestyle.
This low-intensity exercise resulted in a 65 per cent reduction in fatigue and a 20 per cent gain in energy in test subjects during a 2008 study at the University of Georgia in the United States.
Walking is a simple way to stretch your legs while simultaneously engaging your core. While walking, you can relax your upper body by pumping your arms and rolling your shoulders. If you can get in a couple of 20-minute walks three times a week, your body will feel more relaxed, you will have fewer minor aches and pains, and your mental health will improve as well.
Exercise will help to relax your body.
Any type of exercise or physical activity will aid in the relaxation of your body and mind. The complex response to physical exercise rewards the pleasure centre of your brain. Dopamine is a chemical that your body produces after moderate to vigorous physical activity.
Your brain’s pleasure centre rewards your body by soothing and relaxing it. Endorphins and other joyful chemicals that flow throughout your body make you want to work out and push yourself physically more often. As a result, exercising creates a wonderful cycle of health advantages, mental benefits, and physical relaxation.
You don’t even have to do standard exercises. Walking, as previously said, can provide physical and emotional stress reduction. Playing with your grandchildren, going on a hike with a friend, cleaning up around the house, and bicycling on a beautiful spring or summer day are all examples of exercise.
As soon as feasible, begin incorporating multiple sessions of physical activity into your daily routine. Your body relaxes while it recovers from “activity.” Because physical stress relief is followed by mental rewards, any moderate to vigorous physical activity is beneficial to both the body and the mind.
How to Maximize the Benefits of Relaxation Techniques
The methods we just mentioned for minimising physical and emotional stress are beneficial. So put them into effect as soon as possible. Remember that in many cases, you may have allowed stress to control you for years, if not decades. That implies it will take some time to effectively grasp and apply such anxiety-relieving techniques.
It is absurd to expect miracles to happen overnight. And don’t close up after a few weeks of no results, which allows negative stress to reassert itself. Follow the recommendations in this article to get the most out of the mental and physical relaxation techniques you’ve just learnt.
1 – Create a game plan – Successful sports teams spend an inordinate amount of time researching their opponents. That is exactly what you must do. Examine your life carefully to discover if
There are any patterns of stress. Every day, you may notice that your most stressful occurrences occur at the same time and, more often than not, in the same location.
This is actually advantageous since you can easily determine the source of your stress. You may not be able to manage it in many cases (think a frustrating coworker or aggravating boss). If, on a regular basis, stress arises at predictable times of day or night, you can begin to practise sensible relaxation tactics minutes before tension arrives.
2 – Eat healthily and get enough rest, including staying hydrated. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) in the United States recommends that healthy adult women drink 90 to 95 ounces of water each day (total ounces, including drinking and eating).
To maintain a healthy body, men need about 125 ounces of water every day. Every night, you should get 7 to 8 hours of sleep. Limit your consumption of salt, sugar, and fast, processed foods. You can handle stress better if you practise good relaxation techniques and support them with a healthy diet and enough rest.
3 – Take advantage of exercise’s first “feel-good” effect – Physical activity rewards your pleasure centre quickly and in a healthy way. Just 5 minutes of deep knee bends, stair climbing, pounding out some sit-ups or push-ups, or brisk walking can deliver a strong mental boost as well as a sense of confidence and mental fitness. Exercise, particularly moderate to vigorous physical activity, is one of the simplest ways to relieve stress and improve one’s mood in any situation.
So, what are you holding out for?
Begin teaching yourself as soon as possible to benefit from the Relaxation Response. Incorporate exercise and healthy food into your everyday routine. Make it a habit to engage in stress-relieving relaxation techniques on a regular basis. Participate in a yoga or Pilates class, begin practising visualisation and mindfulness meditation, and just get up and move. All of these actions will add up to make stress a non-issue in your life, and you will feel better both emotionally and physically, and your life will begin to look like a great place once more.
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