Unfortunately, stress is something that we will never be able to get away from, but luckily, all stress isn’t bad. Eustress is a positive form of stress that benefits health, motivation, performance, and emotional well-being.
There are four types of stress, which are physical, mental, behavioral, and emotional, and they affect your body, ranging from anxiety, depression, headaches, muscle tension, sleep problems, and weight gain.
Here are five easy ways to deal with stress, and the great thing is that these activities can be done almost anywhere:
- Exercise/Go for a walk: Although some people don’t enjoy exercising or think of it as a go-to, it’s a great way to relieve stress. Exercising or walking at a moderate pace will increase your heart rate and help you take your mind off your problems. Listening to music is a great stress reliever on its own; however, it will take your mind off the difficulty of working out, and it helps the time pass by so quickly.
- Reading: Reading can relax your body by lowering your heart rate and easing muscle tension. I highly recommend it if it’s been a while since you read a good book. There’s nothing better than getting wrapped up in a great story, especially when it turns out to be a page-turner.
- Keep a journal: Talking to family and friends always makes me feel better, but sometimes, I need to get things off my chest that I may not want to share with others. Journaling can be relaxing; even if you aren’t into writing, you could keep a journal to doodle or draw pictures.
- Puzzles: There are many forms of puzzles, such as jigsaw, crossword, sudoku, and word search. These are inexpensive and can help you relax and free your mind from worries.
- Meditation/Yoga: Closing your eyes and breathing may seem simple, but these are great ways to focus and be present in the moment. Meditation and yoga can be done at home, and many military installations offer free classes at the fitness center.
It’s essential to recognize that daily life will always bring stress, but as long as you remember to support your overall health, things will be okay. Exercising, reading, journaling, puzzles, and meditation are effective activities to jump-start your journey to a healthier, stress-free lifestyle.