Breathing exercises are proven to aid stress relief. Why? Your body increases your heart rate when you’re stressed, as a ‘fight or flight’ response. When you breathe slowly and deeply, you encourage full oxygen exchange — which means the beneficial trade of incoming oxygen for outgoing carbon dioxide. Unsurprisingly, this slows the heartbeat and lowers blood pressure. So, first port of call – it’s time to catch your breath!
#2 Time for a chillout playlist
Tempo and heart rate are connected. Your heart rate changes while listening to music, but whether the heart beats faster or slower depends on the tempo of the music. Studies have shown that people who listened to music for 20 – 30 minutes per day have a lower blood pressure. Time to make a chillout playlist?
#3 Time to get your mates round
Socialising has been proven to boost feelings of well being, and reduce feelings of depression. Social engagement is also associated with a stronger immune system. So even if you don’t feel like it – it might be worth giving your mates a call, or maybe spend some quality time with the family?.
#4 Get your running shoes on
Or don’t. But as we all know, doing any form of exercise releases endorphin’s – also known as the ‘happy’ chemical in our brains that make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. So, whether it’s running, skipping, snorkelling or dancing and singing – it’s time to get moving!
Yoga is no longer reserved exclusively for the hipsters. Why? Because more and more people are realising its benefits for mental and physical well being. You don’t even need to leave the house. So stick on some relaxing music and pop on some spandex. The mindfulness practiced in yoga is proven to reduce stress. Ommmm.