Anti-stress medications are the most commonly proposed solutions for dealing with stress. But before turning to these drug solutions, adopting an adequate lifestyle can help reduce this condition. Here are six habits and anti-stress activities to adopt for your well-being.
At a time when the sun is becoming more and more rare, morale is sometimes the cost of all our anxieties. Anger, annoyance and frustration are, therefore, states that affect us more easily in the winter season. Indeed, the climate is directly related to our mood, which is why many describe the end-of-year period as "stressful". Stress is a primitive state that we all feel. It comes when our brain interprets a situation of vulnerability or a threat. However, we can manage it and act to reduce the impact of it on our body and our mind. Here are six tips for simply and naturally managing your stress.
1. Spend time in kind
In Japan, there is an ancestral practice called shinrin yoku which consists of bathing in the forest. This practice intended to realign the body with its spirit is also an excellent way of relaxation. Indeed, an American study from the University of Illinois says that natural landscapes would help reduce stress. Walking in nature is, therefore, an ideal way to release the pressure before facing a stressful situation.
2. A good night's sleep
Getting enough sleep is important so that you do not get overwhelmed by stress. But, it is true that the latter is a disruptive factor. To relax before going to bed, drink a valerian infusion and then immerse yourself in total darkness. The infusion helps to relax the body and the darkness predisposes the body to falling asleep.
3. Relaxation and meditation
Simple breathing exercises help to reduce tension. At home, you can adopt a meditation posture (sitting cross-legged, your back straight) and focus on your breathing. Inhale for four seconds before exhaling for six seconds. Voluntarily lengthening your exhalation soothes the central nervous system and stabilizes your emotions.
4. Disconnect from the screens
Staying away from your phone or computer for a while helps to restore a good balance in your mind. It also helps to focus on what is really important. It will then be easier to pay attention to the positive events around you and adopt a better state of mind.
5. Give time to your hobbies
Drawing, reading, playing sports or cooking, taking time to carry out hobbies can help relieve stress. Indeed, performing an activity that is enjoyable, fun or entertaining is a good way to turn away from the person responsible for our stress.
6. Practice a physical activity
Exercise is well designed and done with pleasure to fight against chronic anxiety. Sports practitioners respond less to stress signals because they tend to secrete less adrenaline, the stress hormone, than sedentary ones. Physical activity also has the advantage of releasing endorphins, the hormone of well-being, which is why you feel so good after a workout.