Spending time with friends and family, grilling out by the pool and soaking up the last few days of summer, though fun and exciting, can down right be exhausting;
1. Take a bath. Warm soothing water, a few bubbles and your favorite song. How can that not relax your nerves and reduce your stress?!
2. Work it out. Everyone knows exercising produces the "feel good" endorphins. If you ever find yourself feeling frazzled, lace up your favorite pair of running shoes and go for a quick walk or jog! Not only will your body produce stress-relieving endorphins, but the simple task of taking your mind off of the current situation can help reduce stress in no time!
3. Laugh about it. We all know this one works! Search for your favorite funny video, ask your co-worker or friend to tell you a funny joke or think of the last funny thing your friend or child said that made you laugh until you cry. If all else fails, just laugh at yourself!
4. Soak it up. That's right! Get outside and soak in some good ol' natural vitamin D! Next time you're feeling a little flustered, go outside for 5 minutes. Take a few deep breaths, inhale a little fresh air and notice the difference in your mood!
5. Eat an orange.
Oranges are highly concentrated with vitamin C
, which is the number one vitamin recommended for adrenal support
. When you stress yourself out, your adrenal glands become taxed. This begins a vicious cycle when your adrenals become too stressed, it can leave you feeling even more exhausted and stressed out.
6. Practice deep breathing. Just trust us on this one! Take 10 very deep breaths; inhaling for 10 seconds and exhaling for 10 seconds. If 10 deep breaths helps but doesn't do the trick, increase your breaths to 20! We promise you'll find yourself a little more relaxed!
7. Focus on what you can control. It's so easy to get caught up in and stress out over the life events we have little to no control over. Instead, take the "glass half-full" approach by concentrating on what you can do to take control of your current situation.
8. Listen to good music or read a good book.
Open your latest book and get caught up in the pages. Turn on the radio and dance to your favorite song. When you do something you
enjoy, you're guaranteed to reduce your stress levels
9. Do something nice for someone else. It's a proven fact that when you do something for someone else, it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside! Think about how happy you are when you watch your kiddos open their birthday gifts. Simply smile at someone walking down the hallway or open a door for a complete stranger. It's amazing how good you'll feel by doing such easy, but thoughtful, things for others!
10. Get plenty of sleep.
Count those sheep and catch those z's, but most of all, make sure you're catching enough
z's! Four to six hours of sleep is not enough to function on a day-to-day basis. Try to get in at least seven or eight good
hours of rest and we can almost promise you'll see a dramatic difference in the way you feel as the day goes on!
Living a life full of stress can really take a toll on your body. Though a little bit of stress is normal and healthy, it's important to manage your stress levels at all times and know how to handle yourself when your nerves get a little worked up.