Stress is something everyone feels at times, and there are all kinds of stressful situations that can be a part of daily life. There are plenty of things you can do to help cope with stressful events, and simple steps you can take to try to deal with it.
To help you out, we’ve come up with five ways to help you reduce your stress.
Light exercise is a perfect way to strengthen your muscles and increase your mobility. There are many benefits that come from adding exercise routines to your lifestyle. There are many studies that show how exercise can boost your mood and reduce stress. Here are a few examples of exercises you can do from your recliner chair:
· Calf raises
· Sit and stands
· Neck rotation
· Chest stretches
· Ankle and wrist rolls
Meditation can make a huge difference on your wellbeing. Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state.
When you have emotions bottled in and built up it can cause negative physical effects on your body. By including meditation in your daily routine, it will help you to become more present and mindful.
To begin your meditation journey, we suggest you start on your breathing. The first step is to get yourself in a comfortable seating position in a chair that provides you with good posture and support. Then, place your hand on your stomach and your other hand on your chest area. Breathe deeply in through your nose so that your stomach expands out. In theory, your chest should not move during this exercise. Next, breath out gently through your mouth and feel your stomach go back in. Repeat this method 5 to 10 times and you should begin to feel more relaxed and at ease.
By simply focusing on your breathing can reduce your heart rate which is crucial for reducing stress.
Talking with loved ones
It really is good to talk! By sharing your issues and feelings with someone you trust, it allows you to release whatever it is on your mind. Just like the saying: A problem shared is a problem halved. If you have an elderly relative, a simple phone call can help them alleviate any stress. Laughter is another great remedy to relieve some of the built-up tension so get those jokes at the ready!
Grab your garden gloves and head out to the garden. It’s a well-known fact that working in the garden reduces cortisol levels (a chemical your body produces in response to stress).
For generations gardeners have known that planting, watering, weeding and all the beauty that emerges as a result is good for you. Science is catching on as well, with numerous studies showing that gardening can improve your physical and emotional well-being.
Just getting out in the sunlight can actually improve your mood! Sunlight also provides an influx of vitamin D, and the fresh air that goes with it is good for your health. Getting outdoors to work with your garden is a great excuse to get more of that good stuff.
A good night’s sleep
Sometimes not getting enough sleep during the night can cause your stress levels to increase. If you are currently finding it difficult to fall asleep, a bedtime routine is an ideal way to allow yourself to wind down. We suggest you create a consistent sleeping schedule to help regulate your body clock.
With that said, poor sleep isn't always due to our routine. There are many factors that can contribute to why we aren't able to achieve a good night sleep. One of these is the bed itself. Having a bed and mattress that suits your needs can improve your overall sleep quality. As sleeping is the time where your body repairs and restores itself, laying in an uncomfortable position during the night can create unnecessary pressure and pain on the joints. Investing in an adjustable bed provides you with assistance so that you can meet your sleep in your natural position.