Feeling Stressed Out? Here Are Five Ways to Conquer Those Ups and Downs

By  //  April 8, 2016

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April is National Stress Awareness Month

Over the past month, around 75% of us have experienced moderate to high levels of stress. (MNT Image)
April is National Stress Awareness Month and these five steps could make it a less stressful month. (MNT Image)

Stress is a part of everyday life, but knowing stress management techniques and coping mechanisms can help individuals better work through the ups and downs of life before it impacts overall health. The health experts at Envolve, an integrated global health care company, are pleased to share tips to help you reduce the impact of stress in honor of National Stress Awareness Month.

1. Turn the radio up. Studies show that music slows the heart rate and lowers blood pressure when facing a stressful situation. Pick a cheery melody that you can listen to when you’re feeling down. Keep a pair of earbuds or headphones handy, and when you start to feel your mood declining, kick up the tunes.

2. Inhale and exhale. Clear your mind for a few minutes and take a series of deep, cleansing breaths. While you breathe in and out, feel yourself let go of the anxiousness and take in calmness. You can repeat a mantra or chant that brings you inner peace, solace or joy to help you focus.

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3. Turn that frown upside down. Sometimes seeing an individual who is special to you can give you the motivation you need to turn your day around, so add photos of family, friends or pets in areas that are more stress inducing. Need more than a still image? There’s a reason that the cute hijinks of animals rate as some of the top-viewed videos on the Internet. Click online to something that makes you laugh to lessen the stressful nature of a situation.

4. Get moving. Many studies show that people who exercise regularly benefit from the numerous properties of endorphins, a chemical that occurs naturally in the body andincreases in quantity as you exercise. Increase your current level of physical activity to boost your mood and lower your risk of depression.

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5. Talk to someone. When anxiety becomes too much to handle, talk to someone who will listen objectively and respond with sound advice. Confide in a trustworthy friend or family member who can listen to you with an open mind. Sometimes being able to talk and vent about an issue relieves excessive pressure and stress – and gives you another view on the situation. Don’t want to share with someone you know personally? Find out if your health insurance provider offers access to clinical professionals who can provide peace-of-mind when anxiety strikes.