Exercise is the most common way to relieve stress and help you relax later.
It reduces your levels of stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol and stimulates endorphins, which are the body’s natural mood elevators.
We are still allowed to take daily walks. Take this time to take a walk on your own if you need alone time or with your immediate family, this is also important for our kids that are spending countless hours in front of the tv or playing computer games.
Practice cognitive-behavioral skills. At the base of the brain we need to calm the body and nervous system through techniques that soothe the senses and enhance a rhythmic breathing pattern.
Studies have shown that breathing at a pace of about six breaths per minute, or five counts in and five to six counts out, can activate the parasympathetic reaction system responsible for our relaxation response.
Sensory cues. Essential oils, warm water, massages, listening to calming sounds of the ocean, weighted blankets, and gentle physical activity can also help calm the base of the brain and nervous system.
Be aware: Recognise the amount of time you sit infront of the computer and ensure you take breaks. Step away, do some stretches and some breathing exercises.
Restful sleep. Stress and bad sleep can be a vicious cycle leading to even more stress on your body as it needs time to recover from stressful events. Experts suggest adults get at least seven to nine hours of restful sleep each night.
Although the world is practicing social and physical distancing right now, that doesn’t mean we need to socially disconnect. Studies have shown that feeling isolated and alone is detrimental not just to our physical health but more so to our mental health. That said, practicing strategies that help us feel connected to other people can help us feel happier and in turn, reduce stress.
At Steelextreme, we want to help our community stay mindful at home during today’s difficult times, this is the reason we have created our SEF COMMUNITY GROUP on Facebook. We are offering free online classes 4 times a week, support with nutrition or any other fitness queries you might have.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.