No one likes stress! Whether it comes from a job, school or friends, stress can take over your life, impact your health and can even lead to depression. This coming summer, you can avoid stress and feel better with these ten stress management tips.
1. Get sleep.
Most people need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep every night. Getting enough sleep can help you stay focused when you need to be. Adequate sleep also reduces your risk of health problems, helps you manage weight and improves your mood, which in turn, reduces stress.
Exercise does more than keep your body healthy. A good exercise regimen can give you a boost and increase circulation to the brain, making it easier to think through problems. When you're feeling out of sorts, just go for a walk or run. Your body and mind will love it.
3. Open up to a friend.
Many people feel more stress when they bottle up their emotions. Talking to a friend can fix this problem. Schedule regular time with loved ones and pals to talk about your feelings, and tell them what's going on in your life.
4. Eat healthy.
Eating right can help your body stay healthy, which can reduce your stress. Focus on eating fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins.
Take the time to relax in a favorite chair, or sit comfortably out on your back porch. Drink a cold fruit juice as you listen to music and enjoy this valuable time to yourself.
6. Spend time in the sun (with sunblock!).
Exposure to sunlight does more than give you a great tan; it can also boost serotonin levels to improve your mood. Remember to use sunblock or the resulting sunburn could cause its own kind of stress.
7. Watch out for negativity.
Negativity can be catching. Be careful about spending time with negative people. If possible, try to surround yourself with friends who have a positive attitude. Avoid complaining to others and, instead, look on the hopeful side of things.
8. Focus on a hobby.
Hobbies give people something healthy to focus on. If you already have a one spend more time working on it this summer. If you're lacking a hobby, or you're bored with your current hobbies, try picking up a new and more interesting one.
9. Play with a pet.
Pets make us feel good. Spend time with an adoring dog or a loving cat this summer. If you don't have a pet, now may be the time to get one.
10. Be mindful.
Mindful breathing and meditation can reduce your heart rate and improve your mood. Participate in meditation and yoga while wearing comfortable clothes. Try to take mindfulness time at least once each day to enjoy the full benefits of this activity.