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April is Natural Stress Awareness Month. I don’t know about you, but I am pretty aware of the daily stress I carry. I am a worrier and can stress over anything. Therefore, this post is probably just as much, if not more, for me as it is for you. Well, that is if you happened to come looking for ways to relax and de-stress.
Ways to Relax and De-Stress
Fortunately for both you and I, there are ways we can work to relax more and de-stress in the process. So let’s take a big cleansing breath together and just dive right in!
Did you know there are actually scientific studies that prove that eating just 1.4 ounces of dark chocolate a day for two-week can decrease your stress levels? Now that is one prescription I would love to see my insurance cover!
Read a Book
Reading seems to help you lower your heart rate and relax your muscles. I know when I get into a good book I become so engulfed that nothing else matters. This is another tip I can work with easily.
Laugh It Off
Guess what? There is actual some truth behind that old “laughter is the best medicine” adage. Laughing also helps lower the stress hormone levels in your body, plus you simply feel so much better afterward. Think about your last good laugh? Didn’t you feel amazing afterward?
Get Plenty of Sleep
This is a tough one when you’re an insomniac like me. But sleep does your body good in so many ways. Reducing stress is simply one benefit.
Not only can exercise also help improve your sleep, but it can also ease your stress levels. The endorphins in your body, the neurotransmitters that make you feel good, increase when you exercise. It can physically help you de-stress and just feel better overall.