EU-CaRE | 9 Simple Habits to Reduce Stress and Relax

We all know that life is stressful at times, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take some time to de-stress and relax! Keeping yourself relaxed is great for the heart, and it helps to reduce cardiovascular incidents. There are many ways to relax, you may have a way that works for you, but in case you don’t (or if you want to try something new), we have 9 great ways to increase the “zen” in your life!

1. Create your healthy routine

  • Exercise everyday – exercising for just 15-30 minutes a day can relax the mind and body
  • Eat foods the reduce stress, like avocado, almonds, and even dark chocolate!
  • Get some sleep! REM sleep reduces the levels of stress hormones in our bodies

2. Restore your mindfulness

  • Spend time outside – Walking in the woods, appreciating nature, and gardening has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety
  • Focus on your senses – Meditating a few minutes a day increases overall calm and wellbeing. Even just a few deeps breaths can make a difference!
  • Take more baths and get massages – Indulge yourself! Taking time for moments of pleasure contributes to a happy body and mind

3. Do things that feel good

    • Engage in a creative activity – Just 45 minutes of creativity reduces stress
    • Read books and listen to music – Stress declines 70% after reading for just 5 minutes!
    • Try a digital detox – People who use digital devices, social media, and the internet frequently are more likely to be stressed and suffer from depression. Try putting the phone down for a little while!
Stress Infographic

What are your preferred ways to de-stress?

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Infographic by SMG

Sources:

https://www.itstimetologo.com/digital-detox-facts/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/5070874/Reading-can-help-reduce-stress.html
https://www.inc.com/christina-desmarais/10-scientifically-proven-ways-to-reduce-your-stress.html
https://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/stress-management
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