Sometimes things just become a little too much to handle. There is so much to do between work and your home life, and managing it all can be so overwhelming at times. The stress impacts so many aspects of your life—your mental health, your physical wellbeing, and your overall ability to function. You have tried to take deep breaths, you have tried counting to 10 when the wave of anxiety is washing over you like a massive ocean, but nothing seems to work. You are ready to resign to the fact that stress is just part of life and something we must deal with, but that is not true.
The fact of the matter is there are many methods of treating and reducing stress out there that you may have never even considered and not all of them involve deep breathing or running to your doctor. There are other options to help combat the stress in your life. Here are some stress-fighting techniques you may not have tried yet.
Chew a Piece of Gum
It may sound like the silliest advice ever, but a study that was presented at the 2008 International Congress of Behavioral Medicine was on this very topic, according to Medical News Today. When you chew a piece of gum, there are impacts on both your mood and the levels of cortisol—the steroid hormone that is released in response to stress—in your body according to the study. The study found that the simple act of chewing gum relieved the anxiety felt by the study participants, increased their alertness, reduced stress, and improved their performance by 67 percent during moderate stress, according to the study.
When is your day the absolute worst? Is it when it gets off to a bad start? It seems that if your morning goes bad the entire day just dominoes into one rotten no good very bad day. To be sure that you never have this domino effect, give yourself five more minutes every day, suggests Dr. Oz. Just five extra minutes for wherever it is you need to be or whatever you need to do. By getting started five minutes sooner each day and arriving early, you will feel much less stressed and will be giving yourself some wiggle room in case you do hit every traffic light on the way to work or you forgot to get gas last night.
Take a Nutritional Supplement
On a very basic level, your stress may be a chemical imbalance within your body. Maybe your busy schedule has led you to stop eating well or exercising enough, it happens to all of us from time to time. There are Metagenics supplements specifically formulated to help with stress and the imbalances that could be exacerbating your anxiety symptoms. You should also make it a point to get at least 30 minutes of exercise per day and try to eat as healthy as you can, even if you are feeling busy and overworked you need to take care of your body.
Stress is a part of everyone’s life, but it doesn’t have to rule yours. Finding what works best to treat your stress will make getting through the difficult times much easier.
Stress can cause a lot of health problems but Jay has given some tips to get some relief.