7 Tips to Reduce Stress and Anxiety By Paul Villaire FNP-BC
1. Turn off the News
News is bad for your health. Negative news leads to fear and aggression, and hinders your creativity and ability to think deeply. Read a book instead!
Some research suggests meditation may reduce blood pressure, symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression, and insomnia.
3. Practice Yoga
According to the National Institutes of HealthCurrent research suggests that a carefully adapted set of yoga poses may reduce low-back pain and improve function. Other studies also suggest that practicing yoga might improve quality of life; reduce stress; lower heart rate and blood pressure; help relieve anxiety, depression, and insomnia; and improve overall physical fitness, strength, and flexibility.
Exercise reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones while at the same time increasing the body’s natural painkillers and mood elevators.Even a brief walk at low intensity can improve mood and increase energy. As little as 10 minutes of aerobic exercise can have a positive effect
5. Connect with Nature. Connecting with nature is a great relaxation technique – Just sit and enjoy beautiful view or sunset. Put your phone in your pocket and leave it there, give yourself a break.
6. Grow a garden. Gardening promotes exercise, exposure to sunlight which increases Vit D, has mood boosting benefits, and decreases dementia risk. Plus you get all the benefits of your fresh fruits and vegetables.
7. Develop an attitude of gratitude. First thing in the morning reflect on all the things you are grateful for.