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Today is National Stress Awareness Day in the United States. National Stress Awareness Day was started in 1992 to help raise awareness of stress and how stress can negatively affect our health. This Thursday, we suggest that everyone take a deep breath and relax . . . for the sake of your health.
In 2015, it’s hard to imagine life without stress. Our world has become faster, busier and more complex. There are more people on our planet than their ever have been. And with more people come more violence, more disease, more pollution, more poverty. It’s no wonder we’re stressed. How can we avoid it?
But avoid it we must try to do, as stress can do as much damage or more than anything. Stress can lower our immune systems, raise blood pressure, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, increase vulnerability to anxiety and depression, contribute to infertility and hasten the aging process.
Since things that cause stress have become an avoidable part of our lives, what methods can we employ to lower our stress level in an attempt stay healthy? Here are some great ways to lower your stress level:
- Meditate – According to the Mayo Clinic, one of the fastest ways to reduce stress is to meditate. Meditation can wipe away the day’s stress, bringing with it inner peace. Anyone can practice meditation. It’s simple and inexpensive, and it doesn’t require any special equipment. And you can practice meditation wherever you are – whether you’re out for a walk, riding the bus, waiting at the doctor’s office or even in the middle of a difficult business meeting. Image courtesy of adamr at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
- Do yoga – Similar to meditation, yoga is a mind-body practice that combines stretching exercises, controlled breathing and relaxation. Yoga can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and improve heart function. And almost anyone can do it. Image courtesy of tiverylucky at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
- Get adequate sleep – Sleep is essential for stress management. Getting adequate sleep — between seven and eight hours each night — can help to reduce your stress levels. Sleep and stress go hand in hand – lack of sleep will contribute to stress, while increased stress makes sleeping difficult. Image courtesy of imagerymajestic at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
- Go for a run – Many people feel that running helps to reduce stress. Science tends to agree, as running releases endorphins, or the body’s “feel-good” hormones. Studies have shown that runners tend to be happier and more stress-free than those who do not run. And, running gives you a set amount of time to be alone with your thoughts. Try a pair of Core-Sport by Therafirm gradient compression socks to increase athletic performance. Image courtesy of Sura Nualpradid at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
- Get a massage – Studies have shown that massage can decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol. The benefits of massage for stress relief include relaxation of muscles, an increase in circulation and a reduction in stress related pain. Image courtesy of Praisaeng at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
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