Habits of people who don’t stress over the little things
Taking a few minutes each day to meditate may help lower your stress levels. Think you don’t have time? Well, even a little mindfulness training goes a long way, according to one study published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology. Half of its participants took part in a three-day mindfulness meditation program, a total of 25 minutes each day.
The other half analyzed poetry.
Those who meditated felt less stressed. The bottom line: Even a few minutes of meditation a day can dramatically lower your stress levels.
They work out regularly.
Exercise has been proven to fight stress-related depression, though we don’t know exactly how this works.
Researchers from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden recently found that exercising created changes in skeletal muscle that helped eliminate a stress-induced substance that can harm the brain. The study was done on mice, but the findings may show the connection between exercise and human mental health, as well.
They spend time outdoors.
Heading outside is one fast way to alleviate stress. Natural light has been shown to improve mood, reduce mortality in cancer patients, and reduce the length of hospital stays for cardiac patients.
It may even help those dealing with pain, according to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh.
In the study, spinal patients who spent time in the sunshine took 22 percent less pain medication per hour. Many natural smells that you encounter outdoors have been linked with lowering stress levels, too. Some of the scents include lavender, rose, and possibly pine.
They leave work at work.
Between 26 and 40 percent of workers feel their job is too stressful, according to the CDC. And working extra long hours, whether in the office or after you’ve left, is one reason why. We need time after work to disconnect in order to mentally recharge for the next day, according to one study published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. So try to create a definite line between work time and personal time to cut back on worrying about your job.