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How to Manage Stress

Posted on: April 15th, 2015 by vgmforbin
Stress is inevitable. However, chronic stress can have many negative effects on your health.

Stress is inevitable. However, chronic stress can have many negative effects on your health.

Our culture puts a lot of emphasis on being busy and often praises on a jam-packed schedule. However, having too many things on your calendar can lead to harmful stress.  There are many things that we can’t control, making stress inevitable. But how you handle that stress can make a big difference in how you feel. Use some of these calming strategies to help ease your stress burden.

Blow a bubble: When you are feeling stressed out, unwrap a stick of gum. Chewing gum lowers anxiety and some researchers believe that the rhythmic act of chewing improves blood flow to the brain. The smell and taste of some minty freshness can also help you relax.

Get outdoors: Spending time outdoors, even if it is your own backyard, is linked to better well-being. Even a few minutes of being outdoors can be a big mood-changer.

Smile: A smile reduces your body’s stress responses, even if you aren’t feeling happy! In times of tension, put a smile on your face to lower your heart rate faster.

Turn on the tunes: Listening to music can lead to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Before heading into a stressful situation, pop in some relaxing music to keep yourself calm.

Write it down: Writing your thoughts out on paper can be a good emotional outlet. Whether it is on pen and paper, a phone app, or a computer document, when the feelings are out, you can start working on them. The most important thing is that you are honest about your feelings.

Managing stress may seem simple, but ignoring it can lead to a number of health problems that are more serious later one. Heart disease, asthma, obesity and diabetes have all been linked with stress. Taking care of your stress is one of the best ways to prevent the onset of serious conditions.  National Stress Awareness Day is April 16th. Take this as an opportunity to pinpoint stress triggers in your life and do what you can to prevent them.  If the medical issues of you or a loved one are stressing you out, talk to a representative at LA Medical about solutions we may have for you. Contact us today!