It’s no secret that stress can have a huge negative impact on your physical health, causing headaches, weakening your immune system, raising blood pressure, and more 🤕 Lowering your stress levels is an important part of staying both mentally and physically healthy, so here are some easy and fun ways to relieve your stress levels 🤗 Try these recommendations out and if you have any others to share that help you, let us know!
CONSUME LESS CAFFEINE
Since caffeine is a stimulant, it can have a jittery effect on your body due to the physically uncomfortable “flight or fight response” that it causes. This can worsen an individual’s existing stress or anxiety. Instead of coffee, try these other delicious drinks instead…
1. WARM WATER WITH LEMON
This great source of Vitamin C that also aids digestion, plus you can also drink it cold.
2. HERBAL TEA
These teas contain no caffeine and there are so many different types to choose from.
3. MATCHA TEA
Matcha contains some caffeine, but also L-theanine, an amino acid that relaxes the mind without drowsiness.
TAKE BREAKS FROM THE NEWS
While we all want to stay updated on the current situation, constantly taking in the news can quickly become very overwhelming. It’s important that we remind ourselves to take breaks from the news and social media so that they don’t become a cause of stress and anxiety. When taking a break from the news, use this time instead to…
1. GET IN TOUCH WITH A LOVED ONE
Catch up and share each of your experiences during quarantine – this can be comforting and remind you that you’re not alone
2. HELP OTHERS IN NEED
If you have PPEs, find a local hospital or facility that you can donate them to.
3. REFLECT ON WHAT YOU CAN CONTROL
You can’t control the news, but you still have control over your actions and attitude during this time.
4. FOCUS ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA
This is a great time to share positive and inspiring content with others!
START A JOURNAL
Journaling is a great way to help you deal with and work out whatever feelings you may be experiencing, allowing you to get to know both yourself and your own feelings better. It’s a great tool for tracking your emotions and alleviating any stress or anxiety you may be experiencing. Some great journaling ideas include…
1. GRATITUDE JOURNAL
Each day, write down 3 things that you are grateful for in your life. Reminding yourself of all of the amazing things that you have in your life is a great way to alleviate your stress.
2. “WHAT’S THE BEST THING THAT HAPPENED TODAY?”
At the end of each day, write down one positive thing that happened during your day!
3. JOURNALING FOR STRESS
If you’re stressed out, dealing with a problem, or just not feeling your best, write it all down and let out your emotions. These journal prompts are a great way to get in touch with your emotions and give you a chance to figure out a way to cope. Try answering these questions:
- What am I stressed about
- Why do I feel this way
- What are some things I can do to alleviate the stress?