Anxiety and stress not only wreak havoc on your mental wellbeing, but they also begin to take a toll on physical wellness over time. Getting a handle on them might not seem like the easiest thing to do, but there are some simple ways you can set yourself up to conquer them. In addition to the tips below, keep in mind that wellness is a holistic concept. You can exercise every day and eat right at every meal, but if you do not take care of yourself mentally and emotionally, you are missing a big piece of the puzzle.
Get More Green
Surrounding yourself with plants seems to have a calming effect on the brain and body, according to research. They also purify the air around you, and can reduce blood pressure as a result of their stress reducing effects. So buy a few more potted plants or small, easy-to-maintain trees for your home and office. You will be one step closer to peace of mind and relaxation.
Turn off the Computer
It is no secret that technology can be both a huge help and a huge burden if you do not find some sort of balance. According to research, long term computer sessions lead to an increase in stress levels of study participants. Late night computer use showed similar results and a related loss of quality sleep (which carries its own set of negative health consequences). So if you have a desk job, try to take frequent breaks to give your mind a rest and stretch your legs.
Mindfully Enjoy a Snack
Stress eating is one thing, mindfully enjoying an energizing snack is another. When stressed or anxious, many people take it out on their eating habits in some form or another. Stress can also cause you to feel run down and lethargic, so you crave the instant (but short lived) energy in processed foods and sweets. Instead, eat a healthy snack of nuts, berries, avocado, string cheese, or even a hard boiled egg to fuel you up and help you get things done.
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Story Credit: 20 Scientifically-Backed Ways To De-Stress Right Now by Meredith Melnick
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