NELA Living Blog by Emilie Broughton

8 Simple Ways To Relieve Stress

There is an overwhelming amount of things happening right now in the world and naturally, stress is at an all time high. I have put together a few tips to help relieve stress and hopefully it helps to bring some peace into your lives and homes.

Social media and the internet are both our friend and foe. It helps us to feel connected to everyone we know at the same time, Taking time off of social media can help to shift your focus away from everything that is going on. Put your phone and laptop away for a designated amount of time each day and read a book or write in a journal instead of updating Facebook.

Exercise & fresh air
Right now many of us are missing our active daily life and working out at the gym or attending spin or yoga classes. Taking a walk or finding online classes on YouTube or a fitness app is the next best thing.

Eat right
What we eat can affect our stress level, can trigger depression, health issues and even contribute to insomnia. Making healthy choices and eating things like fresh fruit, vegetables and even a piece of dark chocolate can make a difference.

Get plenty of sleep
Stress can cause you to lose sleep. Unfortunately, lack of sleep is also a key cause of stress. This vicious cycle causes the brain and body to get out of whack and only gets worse with time. Make sure to get the doctor-recommended seven to eight hours of sleep. Turn the TV off earlier, dim the lights, and give yourself time to relax before going to bed.

Engage in your favorite hobbies
Whether you enjoy singing, dancing, cooking, sports, hiking or anything else, indulge in those things you like to do.

Listen to music
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by a stressful situation, try taking a break and listening to relaxing music. Playing calm music has a positive effect on the brain and body, can lower blood pressure, and reduce cortisol, a hormone linked to stress.

Meditation & breathing
Probably the easiest thing you can do, and it takes only a few seconds. No matter where you are or however difficult the situation at hand may be, taking a deep breath can calm you down. Meditation is also a great way to calm the mind. Here are some easy meditation techniques.

Call a family member or a friend
It’s easy to go message or text our social circle or support system. But, don’t forget the lost art of picking up the phone and talking with a loved one.

Above all else it is important to stay positive. To remember that things will get better and we will all get through this together.



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