7 ways to relieve stress

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Seven Clark, Writer/Editor

At some point, everyone feels stressed. Stress can have many causes, like being under a lot of pressure, being overwhelmed, and big changes. Considering that three out of four Americans have recently experienced stress symptoms, being stressed in the US is very common. This is worrying because the effects of chronic stress tend to aggravate mental health problems and can lead to greater risk of heart disease and heart attacks.

Sometimes, all it takes to reduce stress is to change your routine or create healthier habits. Here are some ways to relieve stress:

  • Exercise
    • Lowers the stress hormone cortisol
    • Aerobic exercise releases endorphins
    • Can improve sleep
  • Spend time with loved ones
    • Increases the sense of belonging and self worth
    • Offers a distraction
    • Provides support
  • Deep breathing
    • Deep breathing activates the body’s relaxation response
    • The main goal is to make you aware of how you breathe, which makes you breathe more deeply, and relaxes you
  • Be assertive
    • Say no to things, and people, that ask too much of you.
    • You won’t be forced to meet the unrealistic expectations of others
    • Prevents you from feeling overwhelmed
  • Get enough sleep
    • Getting better sleep can help you improve how well you function, your mood, your concentration, and energy
    • Sticking to a consistent schedule is even better
  • Listen to music
    • Provides mental distraction
    • Upbeat music can make you feel more optimistic
    • Slower music can reduce muscle tension
  • Be creative
    • People with hobbies are less likely to suffer stress and depression
    • Provides an outlet for stress
    • Offers a distraction

Dealing with stress can be difficult, but taking steps to make your life easier can make all the difference. Sometimes all it takes is setting aside a little time for yourself. I hope this list gave you some ideas to get started.