Self-care is a hot topic lately, but research has proven it’s more than a buzzword: Long-term activation of your body’s response system can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, chronic muscle tension, and deterioration of your mental health.
Don’t let it get you down, though. Self-care isn’t only ice cream sundaes and bubble baths, it comes in many forms, and there’s something for everyone. Here’s the round-up on how to deal with your stress, naturally, and live a healthier, happier life.
Making sure the chemicals in your brain are balanced is a tricky science. One of the easy ways to increase the happy chemicals is being active. Meditating or going for a daily walk are a few easy, low-key activities which are proven to reduce stress levels and release endorphins.
This doesn’t always mean you need to get a therapist. Reach out to a friend who you haven’t talked to in a while. Laughing is an outlet for your body to release stress, and actively relaxes your muscles. Give your body and mind a break while you catch up.
Whether you indulge or not is up to you. However, changing up your diet to include foods with mood-regulating nutrients has been linked to lower rates of depression and can help treat stress-induced anxiety. For example, folic acid from spinach, vitamin D from mushrooms, and antioxidant-rich beans are all helpful for your body to absorb during periods of stress.
Stress is a physical condition that manifests in both mental and physical ways. Learning how to cope with it strengthens your immune system, heart, and mind. If you find that your stress is beginning to overwhelm you in your daily life, it might be time for a for a check up with your family doctor.