Healthy Living Monthly Theme April 2021

Stress Busters

From small crises to a major crisis, stress is a natural part of our life and will manifest itself in some way. It is important to get ahead of these feelings and find what works for you in reducing feelings of stress. Explore what makes you feel relaxed and prioritize time for yourself to get on a path to a healthy lifestyle.

EXERCISE Of all the stress busters, exercise is the most common because it works.  If you don’t belong to a gym, there are many home routines that can make you instantly feel better. Or, go for a walk.

LISTEN TO MUSIC Listening to your favorite band or songs helps relieve stress and anxiety. Create a playlist of your favorite songs that make you feel good

TAKE A HOT SHOWER Stand under the hot water and just breathing immediate brings relief.  Same idea applies to a hot bath where you can add some scents.

EAT SOME ICE CREAM Need an excuse to eat some ice cream? Eating ice cream makes you feel good and just indulge.

LAUGH they say laughter is the best medicine. And it is.

WATCH TV Another great option for coping with stress is to get your mind off of things by watching your favorite TV shows or movies.

PLAY WITH TOYS Did you know there are stress relief toys out there get you to focus on something other than the stressful situation.

SMILE Studies show that gratitude reduces the stress hormone cortisol by 23%! So if you are feeling stressed, get out and be nice to people!

TAKE A NAP Naps are a health way to reduce stress. It may take you some time to relax enough to fall asleep, but once you do, the stress will leave your body immediately.

SMELL Certain smells instantly calm us down. Lavender is a great example of this. Test out some smells and see what scent calms you down.

PLAY WITH YOUR PETS Playing with pets is always a good time. If you don’t have a pet, go to a pet store, a shelter, or watch a pet video.

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