Day-to-day life can get pretty hectic and even stressful at times. With busy schedules and time consuming projects, we can get wrapped up in our to-do lists and find it difficult to unwind. Long term stress can have long term effects if not kept in check.
We are all aware of the long-term commitments we can make to reduce stress such as eating right, exercise, organization, and attitude changes. These efforts are helpful in the long run but require a dedicated effort. Luckily, when it comes to remembering to unwind, it doesn’t have to be an additional chore to add to your list. Here are some surprising stress fixes to add to your daily routine that won’t cramp your style:
Grab a random kiss from someone you love more often. Studies have shown that kissing can release endorphins and these feel-good chemicals reduce stress and depression. Kissing spontaneously has an even more positive effect! Go ahead, kiss away!
When you feel the need to unwind, put the kettle on. Tea has been shown to have wonderful tension taming powers. Just by beginning the ritual of starting tea on a regular basis can calm nerves. Take the time to sit down and feel the warmth of your tea cup, savor the aromas and enjoy the soothing taste.
Another surprising stress fix is to focus on the good in your life. Sure, you may have a horrendous commute home from work, but at least you have a job and a home to return to. Think about the people in your life that you love and how important they are to you and how much you mean to them. Just the process of counting your blessings and thinking about the things in your life that you cherish will help to re-center you when you start to feel like spiraling out of control from stress.
A quick and tasty way to reduce stress is to pick up an apple or other fresh produce. People who ate several servings of fruit and vegetables a day tend to feel calmer, happier, and more energetic when they consume fresh produce. Fresh fruits and veggies drive a mood change for the better. An apple a day really does keep the doctor away.
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