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Reduce your daily stress with these simple tips

The stress of our daily lives can sometimes be overwhelming. And sometimes, overwhelming is an understatement. It’s important to take time to chill out and let the pressure from the day just melt away. Here are a few simple things to help feel more relaxed in your daily life.

Mediation – Keep it simple. Find a quiet place that is comfortable and either use an app like Insight Timer or just relax and concentrate on one thing (breathing, a nearby object). According to WebMD.com, mediation can help ease chronic pain, anxiety, stress, improve heart health, and boost a bad mood and even immunities.

Balanced diet – When we get stressed out, it’s easy to reach for the nearest comfort foods like chips, cookies and ice cream. Instead, opt for some foods that help reduce the stress levels like leafy greens, fruits and whole grains. These are also serotonin-boosting foods that also help to deplete cortisol – a stress-causing hormone.

Create a relaxing place – Create a place you can enjoy relaxing in. Dim the lights, light a candle or two, grab your favorite magazine and just chill. Forget your cellphone and laptop; you are there to relax and decompress.

Aromatherapy – Try relaxing with some of your favorite scents. Lavender and peppermint are great to help reduce that tension. Maybe add to a hot bath or have your partner rub your back or feet with some essential oils.

Exercise – Boost your endorphin levels with a quick sweat sesh. You will more than likely feel better after you take all of that stress and put it into your workout.

There are plenty of different ways to unwind after a long and stressful day. Play around with a few different options from above and see what works best for you. The main takeaway here is to spend a little time on yourself and unplug from the world.

 

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