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Your Stress Could Be Killing You: It’s Time To Regain Your Chill

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Stress can be good for us. In small doses, at least. It can sharpen our senses, hone our instincts and prevent us from becoming complacent in the workplace and the home. It can help us to be and remain, the best that it can be.

However, if we allow it to, stress can become chronic. It can become an ever-present menace whose interference in our lives we grow accustomed to. And, unfortunately, when this happens it can be a severe (and even deadly) detriment to our health. If left unchecked, stress can increase our risk of heart attack, weakened immune function and accelerated ageing. It can lead to lack of sleep, depression and even psychosis. What’s more, it can push us toward unhealthy and self-destructive behaviours like drinking too much. It’s safe to say that stress can prove a huge risk to our physical and mental health if we (in the parlance of the cool kids) “have no chill”. 

It’s up to us to regain our chill. Here are some fun and therapeutic ways to do just that…

Your Stress Could Be Killing You: It’s Time To Regain Your Chill!

Yoga

In all fairness, any form of regular exercise can help to alleviate stress, but yoga is widely regarded as one of the best. Yoga has a range of benefits for stress management including helping us to control our breathing, ease muscular tension and achieve harmony between the mind and the body.

Sensory Deprivation

We live in an age where we are bombarded with sensory stimuli on a daily basis. In fact, it’s fair to say that most of us are media junkies who can never go more than a few seconds without a hit. Tech and media can certainly help us to unwind, but every now and then, it helps to remind ourselves what it’s like to go without any sensory stimulation.

Sensory deprivation via a floatation tank can be a great way to relax and meditate. Click here for advice about floatation tanks. They can help the body to better regulate and heal itself while reducing your cortisol levels and relieving stress.

Mindfulness Meditation

Don’t have the free time to attend a two-hour yoga class three times a week? You can still achieve some of the mindfulness benefits by practising mindfulness meditation. It’s a great way to relieving stress and boosting your sensory awareness by doing the single most important thing the human body does… breathing!

You don’t even have to dedicate hours upon hours to it. Just take 5 minutes to yourself every day and you can reap the benefits.

“Netflix ‘n’ Chill”

I’m reliably informed that this is a popular euphemism amongst the cool kids for “special cuddles” with your loved one. Sex is a great form of stress relief and a healthy sex life is the cornerstone of a healthy relationship.

Strength Training

Strength training is a great way to relieve stress and alleviate the frustrations and anxieties that can build up throughout the day. What’s more, when you pump iron you also feel stronger within and look leaner, slimmer and more toned on the outside. Thus, you gain in self-confidence and are better able to handle your stressors.

However, you choose to regain your chill, find a way that is easy and sustainable for you which you can commit to.

Hugs

Lucy

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