What happens to a person that is affected by stress? Some would respond that the heart starts beating down, almost jumps out of his chest, others are experiencing a state of nausea, and the person begins to become anxious when feeling overwhelmed by the situation. A bad news coming from the boss, or bad news received from family are factors that can immediately increase stress hormone levels and blood pressure. When we are stressed cortisol floods the whole system and it is produced by the effect called “fight or flight”, at which heart rate and breathing begins to grow increasingly difficult. The body does not know how to differentiate between types of existing threat, so instead help us to escape; this may contribute to the occurrence of conditions such as headaches, high blood pressure, depression etc. The good news is that there are some activities that can help you de-stress.
Take a 10-minute walk!
While almost any walk will help clear your mind, which increases the level of endorphins and reduces the stress hormones, it is believed that a walk in the park or any other place where there is a green space can translate body in a state of meditation, according to a phenomenon called “involuntary attention” during which our attention is caught by other things, and allows us to reflect peacefully.
Breathing exercises can help you relax. Only if you breathe deeply a few times will reduce tension and you relieve stress. While shallow breathing stimulates the nervous system, the deep breathing has exactly the opposite and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system reaction that helps us calm.
Take a snack!
The link between the gut and the brain is very high and is called the gut-brain axis. The intestine is a major mediator of the response to stress. Choose a snack that will give you a feeling of fullness like an avocado, some nuts or a hardboiled egg. You have to take it away from the laptop or TV so that you can focus on the taste and texture of food, but also on how it makes you feel. In addition, by chewing a gum you can get rid of anxiety, improving alertness and reducing stress in episodes of multitasking.
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Laughter is a great way to relax because through it increases the intake of oxygen-rich air, it stimulates your heart, lungs, muscles and increases levels of endorphins released in the brain. Intuitively, laughter activates the stress response which leads to relaxation.
Listen to music!
Classical music has a very soothing – slows heart rate, lowers blood pressure and stress hormone levels. Music you listen with pleasure will flood your brain with chemicals such as dopamine. In addition, research indicates that music can soothe the anxieties of daily routine and is beneficial if it is heard in the midst of stressful events, such as during surgery.
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Buy yourself an indoor plant!
Indoor plants are not only beautiful, not only purify the air; they can help you, in fact, to calm down. The researchers found that the simple act of sitting around these plants can help us relax. A study conducted by experts at Washington State University found that in some stressed people while they entered a room filled with plants, the blood pressure dropped significantly.