Chronic stress has been linked to a number of long-term physical and mental health problems, such as depression, cardiovascular disease, and even weight gain. Sometimes, symptoms like insomnia, muscle soreness, digestive issues, persistent colds, and anxiety signify that stress could be taking over your life.
Being able to overcome this feeling of stress can help make you more productive, while also becoming more physically and mentally healthy along the way! Check out a couple ways you can de-stress and realize your full health potential below:
Forget toxic friends.
If your friends make you feel guilty for using work vacation days, for example, then they aren’t in it for you. “If your friends don’t support that you are caring for yourself, then that’s a problem,” offered Judith Orloff, M.D., an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles. Instead of dealing with people like that, keep your true friends closer– you know, those people in your life who can hold you accountable when your life is spiraling, and provide support when you have to give off a burden. In fact, even talking it out with a good friend is a huge stress reliever, she says.
Exercising can bring out a sweat, and that’s one of the best ways to get rid of stress while improving the expression of future aggression. That’s because exercise elicits a huge number of endorphins that take the place of the stress hormones you’ve been indulging in.
Whatever you decide to do to lower your stress, don’t forget to make enough time for personal time. Whether feeling good with a massage, getting sweaty with a yoga class, or enjoying a bit of silence on the couch with a good read, you must remember to do it for yourself. “Stress-addicted women will use extra time to catch up on chores, sew a costume for their daughter or do extra work — not to relax,” offers Debbie Mandel, a stress management specialist and author of Addicted to Stress. “Stress robs you of your identity, but doing what you love helps you to reclaim it.”
Always remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.
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