Saturday, February 22, 2020

6 Stress Management Strategies for a Healthy Brain

1)    Get some fresh air: You can almost immediately lower your stress response by getting outdoors and breathing in fresh, clean air. If you can take a walk in sunshine for a few minutes, your vitamin D levels may also receive a boost. Both fresh air and sunshine can increase the body's level of serotonin (the hormone that makes you feel happy). Focusing on the sights, sounds, and smells around you can also help you take your focus off your stressors.

2)    Engage in enjoyable activities: Whether it's playing/listening to music, painting a picture, walking your dog, do something that absorbs and relaxes you.

3)    Try relaxation techniques: When you are stressed, your mind might wander, you may feel distracted or unfocused, and you will probably have difficulty relaxing. Meditation, guided imagery, yoga, and tai chi can assist in slowing your breathing and focus your mind in a positive direction.

4)    Exercise regularly: Whether it's walking outside with a friend, taking an exercise class at the gym, or taking dancing lessons, becoming and staying active can help you relax, increase oxygen levels to your body and brain, and help reduce your body's response to stress.

5)    Develop an attitude of gratitude: By focusing on the positive aspects of your life, you are less likely to experience a stress response. Positive emotions translate into a lower heart rate, lower oxygen consumption, lower blood pressure, and feelings of relaxation and peace.

6)    Laugh often: The pleasant feelings associated with joyful laughter decrease stress hormones, resulting in increased blood flow to the brain and improved immune function.

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