9. Do Some Exercises
Regular participation in any physical activity will reduce stress, especially if it involves moving all the parts of the body, if not, only the hands and legs. There are various options you can choose from. To name a few walking, running, swimming, enrolling in an aerobic class or perhaps, joining a dance class such as ‘salsa’. You can also join a self-defense class such as Aiki Jujitsu or Kickboxing. The working of all parts of the body can bring back the stressed body parts to normal.
How Does This Work?
Any physical activity increases the sleep, which has been affected by depression, stress or anxiety. It increases circulation of blood all over the body thus reducing signs of fatigue, enhances concentration and alertness. One of the major disadvantages of stress is the energy is depleted, and you suffer from fatigue. The body absorbs the oxygen more and in turn; the brain produces more endorphins – the ‘best’ neurotransmitters that act as painkillers. Also, when doing physical activities such as martial arts, you tend to concentrate on the techniques and body movements that increase the focus as well contribute to the production of more energy and confidence. The stress-producing hormones, adrenaline and cortisol are reduced in number due to physical activity.
Exercises Are Not Good, If:
- You have a heart problem. Have a discussion with the doctor and then decide on the course of physical activity. You can select Tai Chi (the Chinese martial art or opt for yoga classes).
- You are diabetic. Do not go for long runs, because you can suffer from dizziness.
8. Have Healthy Social Interactions
When you are not able to prioritize your day-to-day tasks, you will not be able to solve the challenges. Moreover, lack of time might force you to become lonely. Talking with a close friend face-to-face can assist various parts of the body to become calm and regain the lost state of balance. A chat with words spoken from the heart has been found to release hormones that can decrease stress even if you cannot control the situation. Always remember, sharing is not a sign of weakness, but it also depends on the individual whom you have selected. It has been seen, that friends and relatives tend to become closer if they find that they are a part of your inner circle, and the bonds will be strengthened.
How Does This Work?
When you are interacting with a near relative or a close friend, the love hormone called as ‘oxytocin’ is released which reduces the production of cortisol, the stress-producing hormone. Oxytocin has also been found effective in reducing blood pressure and promotes healing and growth of cells.