Habits of peo­ple who don’t stress over the lit­tle things

Tehran Times - - LIFE -

They med­i­tate.

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.

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