Stress is normal. It affects all of us at some point or another. But, what do you do when stress is starting to overcome you and affect your daily life?
According to the National Institute on Mental Health, not all stress is bad. However, long-term stress can have lasting effects on your health and quality of life. Over time, chronic stress can begin affecting your “immune, digestive, cardiovascular, sleep, and reproductive systems. If left untreated, stress can even begin to increase your risk for cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
So, it’s best to get your stress in check before it gets out of hand. Check out these 5 tips to help you alleviate stress in your life:
1) Try CBD
In recent years, the benefits of cannabinoids (CBD) have been discussed amongst CBD users and healthcare professionals alike. In 2018, Dr. Peter Grinspoon wrote an article for Harvard Health Publishing where he discussed how CBD has already been successful in treating rare forms of childhood epilepsy in the United States (a treatment that is actually approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)), but there is also evidence to suggest that CBD could be beneficial in treating chronic pain, insomnia, and anxiety.
2) Find a Therapist
According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, 1 in 5 adults in the United States experience a mental illness in a given year, 6.9 percent live with “major” depression, and 18.1 percent live with an anxiety disorder.
So, if you’ve been particularly stressed out lately, one of the best things to do could be to look for a qualified therapist using a free people finder through GoLookUp. By using a reverse phone lookup, a reverse email lookup, or a person’s name, you can conduct a free people search and find a phone number, zip code, first name, last name, email address, contact information, public records, social media accounts, and a background check on therapists near you.
3) Take a Walk Outside
According to the Cleveland Clinic, walking reduces stress and, if you walk regularly, you can expect other benefits like weight loss, lower blood pressure, and a lowered risk of a heart attack. Walking outdoors is also ideal for increasing your mood as studies have shown that nature has been linked to reducing stress, according to the American Psychological Association (APA).
4) Take Care of Yourself
One of the best things you can do when you’ve been stressed out is to evaluate whether you’ve been taking proper care of yourself. Stress can cause us to get into some pretty bad habits like “stress eating,” smoking, drinking, etc. According to the APA, when our bodies are stressed, they release adrenaline and cortisol, which affect digestion and can cause fat and sugar cravings. Instead of ditching your favorite foods, however, they recommend a diet high in a variety of nutrients from a “rainbow” of fruits and vegetables to protect your health and give you the energy to combat stress.
The APA also recommends making sure to commit time to sleep and exercise. Taking a brisk walk or dancing can combat stress. They say that exercise not only helps you sleep at night, but studies suggest that exercise can actually “cancel out” some of the negative effects of stress and boost your moods.
5) Do Something You Love
A plethora of sources all suggest stepping away from stressors and doing something you enjoy for handling stress. For example, an article in Harvard Health Publishing suggests “unplugging” (as in avoiding the news, emails, social media, etc.) to “escape the world” for a little bit each day and finding your own ways of “destressing” like taking a bath, reading a great book, or making time for a hobby you enjoy.