7 Ways to Overcome Stress at Home
Here are 7 ways to reduce stress and anxiety including CBD. Hang in there – you’ve got this!
We’re living in incredibly stressful times right now. Stress can be debilitating and knock you on your back for days or weeks at a time. It can degrade your quality of life over the long haul and lead to other health issues if not kept in control.
Make Exercise a Part of Your Daily Routine
Without the ability to go to our gyms and fitness centers we have to turn to other means to try and stay fit. Having a consistent fitness routine is one of the best ways there is to ward off stress. Exercise reduces stress hormones like cortisol that rise as we become stressed. It’s a known fact that exercise reduces stress and anxiety, but did you know it also releases endorphins, our bodies’ natural mood enhancers, and pain-killer?
How can you stay fit at home? Stick to bodyweight exercises that don’t require expensive equipment. Pushups, situps, pullups, burpees, yoga or deep stretching all great exercises you can do at home. For efficiency, do micro-workouts that alternate an upper-body movement with a lower-body movement. For example, do push-ups till failure, then without resting do air squats till failure. That’s 1 set. Repeat 2 more times for a total of 3 sets, resting 1 min between sets. That’s it. Quick and efficient.
Practice Deep Breathing
Intentional deep breathing is an often-overlooked practice that can be a valuable weapon in the battle against stress. Box breathing is a popular method that can be done anywhere and is a great way to help relax your body, focus and reduce stress when things feel hectic.
Here’s how it works:
Step 1: Sit in a comfortable chair with your feet on the floor. Close your eyes and slowly breathe in through your nose from your stomach for a count of four.
Step 2: Hold your breath for another count of four, making sure to stay as relaxed as possible.
Step 3: Exhale slowly through your mouth for a count of four making sure to expel all the air from your lungs.
Step 4: Rinse and repeat.
Take a Walk
Simple and effective. Walking has been shown to increase energy, reduce fatigue and reduce stress and anxiety, especially when you walk in nature. Walking is movement and humans were created to move, it’s in our DNA. For years I’ve done morning walks to clear my head and let my mind wander. I’ve found over and over that my best ideas or solutions to problems come while walking. Call it anecdotal, but there is something about walking that produces an optimistic outlook while re-charging your mental state.
Start a Gratitude Journal
Many people throughout the ages have found writing therapeutic as they face the worries life brings. Simply taking some time each day to physically write down how you’re feeling and what you have to be grateful for can help you re-focus and put things into perspective. Personally, I’ve used a gratitude journal for years. It sits on my nightstand next to my Fresh Mint Tincture and at the end of each day I simply write down 3 things I was grateful for that day. On good days it’s easy and other days it’s a little harder, but there is always something to be thankful for. And as I look back through it over time, I can see how my gratitude has changed for different things and I realize things are never as bad as they seem.
Speak to a Counselor
Regularly meeting with a counselor is a great way to get an unbiased perspective on issues on the things that cause you stress in life. I believe this even more now that my wife is a licensed professional counselor and I see firsthand how she helps people. A counselor will sit and listen to you judgment-free. They allow you to verbally process through your feelings and offer suggestions and ways of thinking about problems you hadn’t considered. This leads to reduced stress as you learn how to better cope with the fear and stress in life.
Start a New Hobby
Starting a new hobby or learning a new activity can keep stress at bay as you focus on something productive and fun. Hobbies you can do from home might be a daily puzzle, a family game night. Taking up a craft or an art project like painting or scrapbooking. I personally like to color when I feel stressed, it relaxes me and allows me to focus on something simple. Other hobbies might be walking, cooking or watching old movies. Find something that gets your mind to a peaceful place and do it consistently.
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