Long-term stress has been found to lead to a multitude of even more long-term physical and mental health issues, some of which include depression, mental dysfunction, cardiovascular disease, and weight gain. Oftentimes, symptoms like insomnia, muscle soreness, digestive issues, persistent colds, and serious anxiety signify that stress is starting to overtake you.
You can stop this vicious stress-induced cycle by simply doing things to relax, though. Doing so can even help you become more productive while at work, in relationships, and with friends. It also helps you become more physically and mentally healthy in the process!
Check out a few ways you can de-stress and realize your full health potential in the process below:
1. Unplug Yourself.
While this will be tough initially, breaking free from your stress addiction requires getting rid of a big stress source known as your phone. That’s right: your phone needs to be whisked away in favor of better health, so make rules for yourself like not checking your phone during dinner or looking through your email for a whole day. Too much to start? Try doing it for 15 minutes at a time and increasing from there.
2. Detach Yourself.
According to Judith Orloff, M.D., an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles, assign a name for that nagging, self-loathing voice in your head. That way, you can respond with a third-person answer the next time you find that voice reminding you that you need to tend to something that you really don’t at that moment. Experts realized that we can better handle our problems when we think about them in the third person rather than the first.
There are tons of meditation practices, many of which might be right up your alley– they range from dancing to singing to eating and many other activities, offers Lorin Roche, Ph.D., a meditation instructor. What’s more, they can last between 30 seconds to an hour– or, in some cases, even longer. Furthermore, he suggests choosing an area of your life that you enjoy and creating a meditative ritual centered around it. Also, the task of clearing your mind is easy and doesn’t take as much effort this way.
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