Stress Less & Improve Health
There are various forms of stress, from acute to chronic. All forms effect our bodies in some form or fashion. In fact, the American Psychological Association found that almost one-third of adults report that stress has a very strong or strong impact on both their physical and mental health.
While acute stress is short term and sometimes exciting in small doses, not all stress goes away quickly. Last year, we shared how chronic stress can trigger bone loss. This year, we want to share some activities you can incorporate into your everyday life that have been proven to relax you mind and reduce stress.
Exercise has been a proven stress reliever. According to the American Association for Depression and Anxiety, exercise is one of the most recommended coping mechanisms by doctors for stress relief. Not only does exercise release endorphins, but it allows you to focus on the task at hand and let the worries of your day slip away. Additionally, exercise improves sleep, which in return reduces stress.
Any form of exercise can help release stress, it doesn’t just have to be high aerobic exercise. For example, yoga is a great for reducing stress. Yoga brings together physical and mental disciplines, pushing you to focus on the activity at hand and release the weights of the day. In addition, yoga helps build a strong core and improve balance – a key proponent in staying healthy as you age.
Drink More Tea
The British are known for their love of tea and they may be on to something. In a study conducted by psychologists at the University of London, researchers examined two groups before and after a stress-inducing mental task. One group drank tea, while one did not. Overall, researchers found that tea relieved the anxiety of the task itself and made the participants more relaxed than they were before the task.
When you select your tea, it is best to choose a tea with low caffeine levels, especially if you’re enjoying a cup at the end of the day. Chamomile is one of the most commonly suggested teas for relieving stress and anxiety. Additionally, it helps treat insomnia, which is often caused by stress itself. Peppermint tea is also a great stress reliever, as the menthol contained is a natural muscle relaxant.
Turn on the Tunes
Listening to music is another way to reduce stress. While different types of music have different effects on our mood, some music is better than others at aiding in relaxation. Researchers from BMS College of Engineering in Bangalore, Malaysia found that music at around 60 beats per minute resulted in reduced feelings of stress and an increased sense of physical relaxation. In fact, Weightless by Marconi Union has proven to be the “most relaxing song ever.”
While slower tempos are generally associated with relaxation, it is most important to listen to music that makes you happy. Incorporating music throughout the day is simple, whether it’s listening with headphones while at work or playing the radio in the car. If you are hesitant to play music during work, don’t be – it’s been shown that workplace stress directly affects productivity.
As you take the above into account and implement some of the suggestions into your daily routine, you will hopefully see a reduction of day-to-day stress. While less stress is good for the body, it is not enough to prevent bone density loss all together. For those looking to recover bone density, OsteoStrong is a non-invasive, wellness solution that is scientifically proven to dramatically and painlessly increase bone density in just a few months. To learn more, visit http://osteostrong.me/.