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5 simple ways to relieve stress

ways to relieve stress

Life can be busy, hectic and somewhat stressful. However, prolonged stress can take a toll on your health. The National Institute for Fitness and Sports (NIFS) offers these quick ways to help de-stress and rebalance:


Take slow, deep breaths. When we’re stressed out, we tend to breathe quickly and take shallow breaths. Taking a moment to focus on your breathing by taking slow, deep breaths will help you relax your mind and body.


Stretch out. Stress can also reduce blood flow. Stretching will get your blood flowing again and help you relieve any built-up tension. Focus on core muscles as well as your neck, shoulders and wrists.


Call someone. Talk to someone you love and trust and have a mini venting session. Just a short conversation can help you release that built-up stress.


Work out. Even if you only have ten minutes, fit in some physical activity. Staying active can help elevate your mood, relieve tension and reduce stress.


Eat healthy. Health and well-being are promoted by healthy eating, which enhances your resilience to stress.


So the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed out, take a few minutes for yourself. These quick and easy steps can help you reduce your stress and tension and hopefully make that stressful day a little bit better.


Source: National Institute for Fitness and Sport