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Quick & Easy Stress Busters
August 23, 2013

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Stress seems to be a normal part of daily life. But what most people don’t know is that too much stress can have a negative impact on your health and body. Stress can cause cognitive, emotional, physical, and behavioral symptoms. Stress can appear differently for everyone for example moodiness, tightened muscles, memory problems, nausea, anxiety, etc. It’s important to recognize how you respond to stress. When you start to see the stress symptoms appear then it’s time to take a stress break. Whether you have 5 minutes or 60 minutes, doing one of these activities can help to calm you. Find out what stress busting activities helps to squash your stress levels.

bubblegum, chew a piece of gumChew a Piece of Gum

Start to feel your jaw clench up. Muscles tightening up are a sign of stress is getting to you. Pop in a piece of gum. Chewing gum increases blood flow to the brain. This allows you to stay focused and alert.

warm cup of teaBrew Some Tea

Drinking a mug of warm tea can calm your nerves and easy your tension. Warm tea can relax the mind and help you to destress.

girl stretching, stretch, women raising her arm above her headStretch

Stand up and stretch. Sitting for long periods of time can constrict blood flow. By moving you allow blood, oxygen, and nutrients to flow throughout the body. Simple stretches such as moving your head side to side, raising your arms above your head and touching your toes can release tension in your muscles. Remember to breathe that way the oxygen can return to all parts of your body.

journaling, writingJournaling

For many writing about a stressful event can be just as therapeutic as talking about it. It allows you to vent by putting your feelings down on paper. You can organize your thoughts and process your negative emotions allowing you to destress.

woman listening to music with earbudsPut on Some Music

Music has been shown to elicit positive emotions. This will reduce your anxiety and calm your nerves. Plus music can lead to dancing an activity that triggers the release of endorphins, the feel good hormones.

woman relaxing getting a massageGet a Massage

Have a 30 minute to an hour massage. Massages have great therapeutic benefits by relaxing the muscles, relieving tension, and calming the nervous system. At home massages can have the same effect as a professional massage.

woman meditatingMeditate

Meditating allows you to clear your mind and release all negative thoughts and emotions. Focusing on deep breathing allows the muscles in the body to relax and adequate blood and oxygen to flow throughout the body. Your anxiety will fade and you will feel restored and refreshed.