Life can be stressful. We have all had, at some point, an event or thought that stressed us out a little or a lot. It can be hard to break free from stress, but the positive effects of limiting it are immeasurable. According to the American Psychological Association, stress can cause acne, weight gain, increased blood pressure, a stroke, or even a heart attack when it is chronic stress. There are many ways to limit these effects including:
- Meditation, even for just five minutes
- Breathing exercises
- Talking about what is making you stressed
- Eating well
- Relaxing your muscles
- Taking time to tune out and focus on yourself
- Goal setting in your career, relationships, creativity, play, and health
These activities have been proven to have positive effects on stress levels creating a happier, more enjoyable lifestyle!
Takeaway: Stress can be a harmful thing to your mind and body, so taking even just five minutes out of the day to relax and breathe will change your health in many ways.