Simple Ways to Reduce Stress

The holiday season can get particularly stressful – not enough money, not enough time, you may feel like your diet is spiraling out of control. Did you know there are simple steps you can take to relieve that stress and keep it from becoming anxiety?

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Meditate. You’ve probably heard this a few times but that’s only because it works. Proper meditation can help you slow and regulate your breathing and calm your nerves which will reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety.

Breathe Deep. Even if you don’t have time to meditate, just breathing deeply can help.

Reach Out. Having a rough time? Call a close friend to share what’s going on. This can help you get another perspective on your situation.

Laugh. Watch a comedy special or a funny movie. Laughing will lower your cortisol (the stress hormone) level and boosts the endorphins in your brain.

Listen to Music. Listening to your favorite music can boost your mood. Listening to soothing music (while it may not be your favorite) can lower your blood pressure and heart rate which can help stress and anxiety.

Exercise. If you belong to a gym, that’s great. If you don’t, no need to stress, you can still work out at home. Even a simple walk can help you feel better. Exercise lowers stress hormones and helps you sleep better.

Practice Yoga. Yoga has been widely used for reducing stress and the good news is you don’t have to spend money on fancy yoga classes. There’s plenty of yoga tips and positions on Pinterest.

Animals. Petting animals like cats, dogs, and horses can also help relieve stress. Many people have therapy animals that help them with anxiety. You can also find therapy animals on college campuses to help students and airports to help passengers who are afraid of flying.