Stress is unfortunately a part of all of our lives, but you don’t have to let it control you! Stress has a lot of negative effects, including breakouts, sickness, delayed ovulation, and high blood pressure. By taking steps to relieve your stress and remain positive, you can live a healthier and happier life.
Working out is one of the number one ways to reduce stress. It doesn’t have to include running a marathon or lifting twice your bodyweight, as long as you’re being active. Some popular workouts to relieve stress are yoga, Zumba, and kickboxing classes! Find what you enjoy and stick to it.
Find Some Time to Relax
This can be hard if you are working 40+ hours a week or have kids, but it is essential. You should take at least a half an hour of your day to relax, breath, and focus on you. This can be right before bed or first thing in the morning. Some great things to do during this time are take a nice, long bubble bath or light some candles and listen to soothing music.
Don’t Hold it in!
Holding in your stress or pretending like it isn’t there is not a good way to go about it. Eventually, it will catch up to you and the outcome will be much worse! Talk to your friends, significant other, parents, or even a therapist about your problems if your stress is really getting to you. Talking about it is one of the most important things you can do.
Keep a Journal
Keep a daily or weekly journal where you right the positives things that happened in your life that day/week. When you make your mind focus on all of the good things in your life vs the bad things, you yourself will become happier. These good things can be as small as getting to watch your favorite TV show or as big as getting engaged! Just stay positive!
Laughing is one of the best forms of medicine, as I’m sure you’ve heard. Go watch a stand up comedian, hang out with a funny friend, or go see that new Melissa McCarthy movie to get a good laugh!
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