5 Easy Stress Relief Activities You Can Use to Reduce Stress Now
You Weren’t Built For Nonstop Stress
Modern life can be a series of stressful events that take a toll on your body, mind and spirit. And while your body was created to manage stress it wasn’t supposed to be for lengthy periods of time with no relaxation in between. Although many prefer to combat the side effects of stress with drugs or alcohol it may aggravate the situation. A better, natural option for long term health and stress management comes from integrating stress relief activities and physical exercise into everyday life.
In this post you’ll discover just how stress effects your body, mind and spirit, how physical activity can combat the negative effects of stress and five easy stress relief activities you can do now to get immediate relief from stress and change your life for the better.
What happens when you’re stressed?
In your body, stress sets off certain physical responses meant to support the fight or flight reflex. Original stressors were animal attacks or combat. Confronted with these stressful situations your heart would pump faster providing more blood to your muscles, your muscles would become stiff, hormones and adrenaline would move and prepare your body to either run or fight.
The act of running fighting would burn off this additional energy and, after the threat was gone, the body would rest and recuperate.
What if I’m not getting in fights with tigers everyday?
In modern life animal attacks and combat have been replaced by deadlines, bills and traffic. The difference is many of these modern day (tigers) don’t come with a physical outlet or rest period so the body is continually on high alert.
How does extended stress impact the body?
According to the American Psychological Associations “Stress in America” report, 2010 your body, mood and behavior may be negatively impacted by extended stress:
Lack of focus, motivation
Drug or alcohol abuse
Left untreated any of these conditions can spiral out of control and consume your life.
What types of stress relief activities can combat the negative effects of stress?
Stress relief activities like walking, running, biking, yoga and weight lifting provide the outlet your body needs to process pent up energy. Exercise may also boost your mental health by releasing endorphins in the brain helping you cope with stress, feel more calm,relaxed and happy.
How much time do I have to commit to exercise?
Scientists have discovered that even as little as 5 minutes of aerobic activity may start to lower tension, elevate mood and improve sleep and the effects of even 10 minutes of activity can last for many hours.
Even if you aren’t active now it’s easy to begin.
1) Walk: Go for a brisk walk at lunch for 15 – 30 minutes
2) Dance: Put on some music and dance throughout the house (at least 5 songs);
3) Yoga: Start your day with a quick 15 minute yoga session
4) Bike: Go for a bicycle ride;
5) March: March in place for 10 minutes
For the long haul, stay motivated and active by finding a workout partner or attempting something different like hiking, trail running, mountain biking or disc golf.