World Health Day, which is observed every year on 7th April, is fast approaching and this gives us a great opportunity to step back, take a breather and reassess our own health. Started by the World Health Organization, World Health Day is celebrated globally by creating awareness about a particular topic related to health every year.
There are many aspects of health that one should take care of. But none has required as much attention as stress and anxiety in today’s climate. Millions suffer from such conditions and the consequent systemic diseases they entail.
In today’s blog, to mark the occasion of World Health Day, let us put our focus on how stress can affect our health ad the things that can help in effective stress management.
How to Relieve Stress
The important thing here is to identify the cause of stress first and try to avoid those situations that lead to stress and anxiety. But that’s easier said than done and we know it. So, here’s how you can minimize the harmful effects of stress on your body.
Do Exercises and Physical Activities
Many studies have now shown that performing physical activities will significantly reduce the harmful effects of stress on the body. Exercise reduces blood pressure, reduces cholesterol, and helps in weight management, thus improving your heart health and reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Exercising also releases endorphins that can put you in a good mood and alleviate stress. And if you feel the usual cardio or weight training is not for you, then do something you enjoy, like playing a sport, running, swimming, dancing etc.
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Practice Yoga and Meditation
Yoga has plenty of amazing asanas that can help you shut out outside noise and attain mental peace. It is one of the best ways to reduce stress. Various breathing techniques and meditation when practiced daily are quite helpful in alleviating symptoms of stress.
Yoga asanas are effective when the form and technique are correct. With FITPASS-TV, you get real-time workout sessions with certified yoga coaches who can show you the safest yoga techniques to relieve stress at home.
Achieve a Work-Life Balance
One of the leading causes of stress today is pressure from work. Understand that you need not bring your work pressure home. Create boundaries and draw a line to separate your home life and your work life. Avoid bringing your work home. Take regular breaks from work to avoid burnout and refresh your mind. This will not only relax your mind but also bring back lost enthusiasm to work.
Create a Strong Support System
A strong support system will always be helpful in reducing your stress. Having someone like a wife, partner, friends, family or colleagues to talk to is extremely beneficial in relieving stress. Don’t shut yourself off and talk to them any chance you get. Don’t let any concerns build inside you.
Avoid Sleeping Too Late and Eat Healthy
Staying awake well into the night can not only increase the effects of stress but also disturb your sleep cycle and diet. You may develop insomnia or acidity, so it’s best to go to bed on time. Keep your screens away and read a book to help you go to sleep.
Eating a balanced diet and having your meals on time can also help relieve stress. Avoid late-night snacking and ensure you eat healthy foods.
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Talk to A Professional
If you feel your stress is hampering your way of life, it’s best to speak to a professional and seek treatment. Voice your concerns to your doctor and ask whether medical intervention is necessary.
What are some effective strategies to manage stress in our daily lives?
Exercising, playing sports, achieving work-life balance, practicing yoga, eating healthy and getting good sleep are some ways to manage stress in our daily lives.
How can mindfulness meditation help in managing stress?
Mindful meditation actively veers us away from stressful and negative thoughts and towards more positive thoughts, thereby reducing stress and anxiety.
Which mobile apps are available for stress management and relaxation?
The FITPASS app is a great app that can help you with stress management and relaxation in various ways.