A 2018 study released by the American Psychological Association found that 74% of adults reported experiencing at least one physical or emotional symptom due to stress over the past month. Does this sound familiar? Stress is commonly associated with mental health, but it can also affect your physical health and is now being shown to contribute to heart disease. Increased stress can impact blood pressure, cause anxiety and depression, and lead to unhealthy lifestyle choices. So, what can you do about it?
Tips for Success:
- Write it down. If you are feeling overwhelmed with a situation, journaling can be a great outlet to release any worries or concerns you may be experiencing. You can also use journaling as a resource to get yourself more organized, make lists, or recap your day.
- Get active! Movement is great for your heart and your mind. Whether you go spend an hour at the gym or walk for 5 minutes, physical activity can clear your mind, allow you to focus on something else, and release those feel good hormones called endorphins!
- Laugh it up! Call up a friend and laugh about a funny memory (bonus points if you laugh until you cry!).
- Get a good night’s rest. Getting enough sleep increases productivity and allows your body the chance to relax. Aim for 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night – that means turning off Netflix and getting some shut-eye!
Remember that there any many ways you can relieve stress. Find something you enjoy doing and start there.