STRESS. Unfortunately it is a common factor in many of our lives. Wether it be from work, bills, or other means, learning to manage stress is critical to maintaining good health overall. At AMC we know if you’ve heard it once, you’ve probably heard it a hundred times – ‘You need to destress!’. But how are you supposed to do that in the middle of your busy work day? Here are three legit ways to do so!
- Take a 10 minute walk. While just about any walk will help to clear your head and boost endorphins (which, in turn, reduces stress hormones), consider walking in a park or other green space. Itun can actually put your body into a claim state, thanks to a phenomenon known as “involuntary attention” during which something holds our attention, and simultaneously allows for reflection.
- Take a deep breath. Breathing exercises — or even just taking a few deep breaths — can help reduce tension and relieve stress, thanks to an extra boost of oxygen. While shallow breathing — a marker of stress — stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, deep breathing does the opposite: It stimulates the parasympathetic reaction, which helps bring us into a state of mindfulness.
- Buy a few plants! Researchers found that simply being around plants can induce your relaxation response. One Washington State University study found that a group of stressed-out people who entered a room full of plants had a four-point drop in their blood pressure versus those who did not.