Five Fun Ways To De-Stress
A nationwide survey reports that 47 percent of Americans are concerned about the level of stress in their lives. The same study also found that people experiencing stress are more likely to report other health problems like hypertension, anxiety, depression and obesity. Any good news? Yes! There are simple and fun stress-busting techniques that can calm you down.
Lighten Up It turns out that laughter, especially a good belly laugh, helps release stress-busting endorphins. But if a Woody Allen movie or a stand-up comic’s routine doesn’t do it for you, consider looking into a session of laughing yoga. Classes are popping up all over the place. Check with your local Y, community or senior center.
Sit Still Numerous scientific studies show meditation is one of the best ways to relax your mind and body and enable you to counter the effects of stress. There are several different techniques for meditating. You can just sit quietly and “watch” your breath, or repeat a word. If you’re feeling too edgy for the silence, play relaxing music in the background. If you start worrying about something, watch the thought and then imagine it’s a cloud passing by. Whatever type of meditation you choose, ultimately it will help you connect to the present and cultivate a calmer attitude.