Did you know that stress can negatively affect almost every system in your body? Here are 5 quick tips you can use to relieve stress and relax.

Most people can attest to the fact that stress is not a fun thing to have present in their life, whether it is momentary or ongoing. It can be caused by a wide variety of situations and circumstances. These can include school, work, friends, family, emotional problems, moving house, and traumatic events.

Stress negatively affects almost every system in the human body, and can manifest itself both internally and externally. As such, it can lead to anxiety, sleep disorders, skin irritation, can affect the immune system, and have many more negative effects on your body.1

Additionally, when you are stressed, you aren’t the only person who suffers. Have you ever found yourself becoming more irritable than normal and lashing out at others when under stress? This can put a strain on relationships, and cause others to become stressed themselves.

Below are some simple ways to reduce or alleviate stress when you find yourself getting agitated.

Just Breathe

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If you feel stressed, give yourself a moment and just breathe. Deep breathing exercises can aid in lowering blood pressure, help with relaxation, and relieve stress. Here are 6 deep breathing exercises you can use to help you relax.

Go Outside

According to studies, spending time in nature can improve memory and attention span.2 Additionally, sunshine can be a mood enhancer and aid in the natural production of vitamin D in the body.

So whether you live in the country or a city, find a park, forest, or trail nearby and take a stroll, meet a friend, read a book, or just sit and relax for a while.

Do Some Coloring

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Countless stress-relief coloring books have been released in the last few years. And contrary to the belief that this is just a fad, coloring really is a great stress relief tool.

Grab a coloring book and some crayons or pencils to help you relax, be more focused, and de-stress. As you concentrate on the task at hand (coloring!), your worries, anxieties, and stressors will be pushed to the back of your mind.

Additionally, if you love drawing and don’t want to use a coloring book, thats fine! Just grab some pencils and blank paper and draw, sketch, or color whatever your heart desires!

Listen to Music

Studies are indicating that music may be used as an intervention for relief against anxiety, stress and pain.3 When you are getting ready in the morning, commuting, cleaning, or working out, turning on your favorite music can help you relax and relieve stress.

Be mindful of what genre of music you are listening to when you are stressed out. Because music can affect your mood, listening to “aggressive” music might not be the best choice.

Have a Good Laugh

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Laughter can decrease the presence of stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline in your body.4 It can also help you feel more relaxed and at ease. So in your free time, watch a funny video on YouTube.

Alternatively, if you have more time, invite your hilarious bestie out for coffee, or have them over to watch your favorite comedy!

Stress Less

Next time you feel agitated or find yourself in a stressful situation, try one of the above ways to relax and relieve your stress. A life with less stress is a healthier life.

Sources:

1. http://www.stress.org/stress-effects
2. http://ns.umich.edu/new/releases/6892
3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28959060
4. http://www.nature.com/news/2008/080407/full/news.2008.741.html

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