Stress is one of the worst lifestyle diseases that adversely affect the mental health of a person. Juggling between work and family, it is almost certain for a person to get totally stressed out and that starts showing on his physical self gradually. Stress releases hormones like adrenaline and cortisol that is good at times as it keeps us alert and under pressure to overcome any situation and danger. But when it happens regularly, it can lead to chronic anxiety that gives rise to grave health issues. Don’t let stress overpower your good health.
It is important to manage stress well but if you have been a victim to chronic stress for quite some time now, it might take some time and a lot of patience. But don’t give up, keep trying!
Doctors and therapists swear by this method as one of the best to alleviate stress and improve mood. Take some time out in the morning and start exercising. The key is to divert your energy into something that will boost your health and well-being. Exercising also helps you to cope up with depression and anxiety symptoms. When you exercise, feel-good hormones dopamine and serotonin are produced faster than when at rest. This improves your mood and gives you feelings of happiness.
Try deep breathing techniques
Pranayama is a type of deep breathing exercise technique recommended in yoga that not only helps to calm down your mind but also alleviates stress to a great extent.
Why don’t you try to close your eyes and practice deep breathing twice a day? Preferably once after you wake up and before going to bed. It is a great way to self-discipline your mind.
Eat loads of greens
Spinach and kale are rich in folate that is a proven nutrient to deplete bad mood and symptoms of depression s it releases feel-good hormones dopamine in the brain.
After some clinical research done, it has been proved that mushrooms are magical foods when it comes to naturally treat stress. As they are rich in Vitamin D, it boosts serotonin release in the brain that improves your mood.
Add turmeric to your diet
Turmeric has an active phytochemical called curcumin. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that have the ability to reverse the harmful damage in your brain caused by chronic stress and anxiety. Besides stress, turmeric has also been found to treat mild to major depression
Drink turmeric tea/milk and add a teaspoon of turmeric to your curries and meals. You can also consider taking turmeric supplements easily available as pills in the market.
Do you know how important it is for you to sleep well? Chronic stress can affect your mental peace and keep you up all night. Gradually it becomes insomnia that poses a serious threat to your health. If you face trouble falling asleep, here’s something that you can do.
Retire early to bed. Switch off the bright lights of the room, turn on a dim light, dress in something light and comfy and sit to meditate for 10 minutes. Put on some soothing music that will relax your body and mind. Turn off all gadgets as it disturbs your sleep routine.
Go slow and steady
Don’t rush! We are all victims to the current rat race that is messing up with our mental and physical health. We all want to be the best person who wins in the race to be at the top of the game. This leads to a lot of stress that affects a person’s health and personal life. This leads to a lot of unhappiness. Don’t overschedule yourself and promise to deliver every demand of your boss. It might not be fruitful in the long run.
Take some time off to have some ‘me’ time. Read, learn a musical instrument, go on a solo trip, watch a movie, spend time with your family and see them smile; you will experience unexplained happiness in your life.
Accept life as it is and don’t overstress yourself with circumstances you cannot control. Change your attitude and try looking at the brighter side of life. It might sound philosophical and impractical but this is what will make a world of difference. Never say “my glass is half-empty”, always say “my glass is half-full”.
These are some secrets to staying happy. Make some small changes at the way you look at life.