Yes, breathe. It's THAT easy!
Butterflies in your stomach, dull ache behind your eyes, wide awake at 3 A.M. (and not because you’re having impromptu sex!), shortness of breath, shoulders that feel like someone has tried to squeeze them into a nutella jar… sound familiar? Then you might just be a bit stressed out.
As with everything else in life, one can also deal with stress so that it doesn’t cause too much havoc. Here are a few simple tips to deal with stress and kiss it goodbye.
Hydrate and energize
Keep drinking plenty of H2O throughout the day because dehydration can really zap your energy and make you feel terrible. There’s a tendency to forget to drink water when your schedule becomes too hectic. So, drinking water out of a bottle instead of a glass can (at times) be more helpful as it doesn’t require you to keep refilling as often. It also helps to keep snacking on foods that provide bursts of energy like raisins, nuts and of course the all time favourite…chocolate (a word of caution— chocolate can be addictive so take it easy with this one).
Listen to music
The adage ‘music soothes your soul’ has some truth to it. Listening to your favourite tunes can help keep stress at bay. While the right kind of music can affect the way you feel, choices of beats and tunes differ from person to person. Although Mozart will work for some, death metal can work for others. If you don’t already know what works for you, start experimenting.
Get in some me-time
It is important to make yourself a priority at some point during the day, every day. If you find that your days are simply flying by and that you hardly have time for yourself, start scheduling your me-time. This could mean having a long bath, reading a book, watching TV, playing with a pet or working out. Whatever relaxes you.
Yes, it’s that simple, really…honestly, sometimes we just forget to breathe properly. This means we don’t take in enough oxygen, which leaves us feeling breathless and anxious. If you have time to spare, engage in some quick meditation. You can also try an app like Buddhify to help with this exercise. And trust me, you won’t regret it.
This article was originally published as ‘Kick Stress In The Butt’ in the March 2016 issue of Cosmopolitan Sri Lanka. To read the whole article, subscribe now and get a free March issue.
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