Laughter really is the best medicine Photo: From Reader's Digest
1. Laugh more
It’s a cliché, but laughter really is the best medicine. It disrupts negative thoughts, boosts the immune system, relaxes the muscles and stimulates the release of feel-good brain chemicals called endorphins. Laughter clubs have become popular in some areas.
2. Move vigorously
Aerobic activity helps metabolise the stress hormones created when we’re angry or tense. If you can exercise out of doors, fresh air and sunshine can also improve your mood.
3. Practise breathing properly
When we’re tense, we don’t breathe deeply, and the shallow breaths we take contribute to our feeling of anxiety.Try taking one breath every 6 seconds or 10 breaths a minute. Do this twice a day, 10 minutes per session, and it will become a healthy habit.
4. Avoid the triggers that lead to stressful situations
If you find crowds difficult to cope with, for example, rearrange your timetable to avoid travelling during rush hour.
5. Rethink your medications
Often the very things you take to reduce stress may be having the opposite effect. Sleeping pills, for example, can produce a next-day ‘hangover’ effect, and some high blood pressure medicines and cough syrups can have unexpected side effects such as poor sleep.
6. Try to cut down on cigarettes, coffee and chocolate
Cigarettes contain nicotine, and coffee and chocolate contain caffeine.These stimulants provide a temporary lift, but can produce jittery feelings as a side effect.
|Patricia Love on 31 August 2011 ,08:03 |
Thank you I will take these tip on board.
|April Whitelaw on 30 August 2011 ,07:51 |
Good, valid pointers for decreasing stress in life. sometimes it is the simple things, which only take a few minutes each that make the difference!
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