If you are like 100 million Americans that according to surveys are stressed daily or weekly, stress is an issue that can take a toll on your mental and physical health. Occasional stress can be a good thing, but it is not natural for the mind-body when it is prolonged accompanied by induced hormones. The negative reactions associated with long-term exposure to stress are too numerous to mention. Worse even than lack of exercise, a poor diet or environment.
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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction works in two ways: It helps your mind and thus body to relax now properly.When relaxation kicks in the adrenaline and cortisol levels associated with instant and prolonged stress decrease almost immediately. This in turn affects the prefrontal cortex so that we can handle emotional triggers, use our planning skills and time ahead more efficiently than when feeling anxious or stressed. In this way we can learn to strike a balance between eu-stress (positive stress) and ordinary (negative) stress due to too many demands on our life and time. Here are ten mindful suggestions to reduce stress:
Exercise - The main thing is to find a physical activity that works for you. For example, a 20-minute jog around your neighbourhood can lift your spirits and mood. Walking in the great outdoors can change your perspective and is one of the best forms of exercise. It is also free!
Socialize - Spend time with friends and family. It is all too easy to get caught up in daily life and neglect the people who give you a sense of belonging. Schedule time with family and friends and remember how good it feels just to be you around people you love, unwind and have a good time. Having some fun with them may provide all the stress relief you