Stress less in five minutes
Taking time out to regroup and relax is time well spent
whenever you are feeling overwhelmed and up against it, the best thing to do is stop and take a breather. Redirecting your focus for a few minutes may not seem practical in the heat of a stressful moment but we promise you’ll be glad you did.
When the body’s stress response is always on high alert, hormones run amok and make it harder to function well. Long term, this can lead to tummy trouble, headaches, foggy thinking, sleep disorders, weight gain and lowered immunity. All for the want of a simple break in proceedings? That’s nuts! Try these stress busters:
Youtube a comedian. We love Brit stand-up funny guy Michael Mcintyre but there’s so much choice you can easily end up spending a lot longer than five minutes giggling. And that’s a bad thing, why?
Sunshine, fresh air and a change of scenery can calm and help you refocus. Whether you’re bogged down with work, arguing with the kids or trying to come up with a solution to a problem, a brisk walk around the block or the park improves blood and oxygen flow to your brain.
SNUGGLE WITH A FURRY FRIEND
It’s hard to feel stress when you’re loving your favourite kitty or pup. It’s all about oxytocin, the feel-good hormone that’s released during a warm embrace. Don’t have a pet? Watch some funny/cute animal videos. Or make the time to hug a person you love for a few quiet minutes.
Fast, shallow breathing, the kind we do without realising it when we’re super-stressed, increases feelings of anxiety. Instead, close your eyes and concentrate on taking slow, deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. Keep at it for a minute or two.