No emotion does more damage to your body than stress. It suppresses your immune system, contributes to heart disease, and leads to an overall sense of dissatisfaction with one’s life. So how do you combat this deadly, yet incredibly common, feeling?
Take a Time Out. If your stress is caused by an actual, current event, walk away from it and take a “time out.” Not permanently, because if everyone walked away from everything stressful, the world would likely not function as it should. However, dropping the issue for even a few minutes and giving yourself time to cool down can give your brain the space it needs to process the exact issue that is causing you stress, allowing you to think of healthier way to approach it.
Just breathe. You’ve likely heard this before; however, you keep hearing it because it’s actually that effective. Studies show that, under stress, people breathe less, limiting the amount of oxygen they take in, thus exasperating the effects of the stress. By stopping to breathe deeply, you counteract this normal response, alleviating a lot of the physical symptoms of a stressful situation.
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