A big dose of caffeine creates a short-term spike in blood pressure. It might also cause your hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis to go into overdrive.
Instead of energy drinks or coffee, try green tea. It has less than half the caffeine of coffee and has healthy antioxidants and theanine, an amino acid that has a soothing effect on the nervous system.
Most of the tips suggested offer quick relief. But, there are numerous lifestyle changes that could be more efficient in the long run. The notion of “mindfulness” is a huge part of somatic and meditative approaches to mental health and has become popular.
From tai chi to yoga to meditation and Pilates, these systems of mindfulness link physical and mental exercises that stop stress from becoming an issue.
Exercise (even for a minute)
Exercise doesn’t really mean training for a marathon or powerlifting. A short walk around the block or just standing up to stretch at work can give fast relief in a stressful situation.
Getting your blood going releases endorphins and can enhance your mood ASAP.
Everyone understands stress can make you lose sleep. Sadly, lack of sleep is also a chief cause of stress. This vicious cycle makes the brain and body get out of whack and only worsens over time.
Be sure to get the doctor-recommended seven to eight hours of sleep. Turn the TV off sooner, lower the lights, and provide yourself time to relax before going to bed. It might be the most effective stress buster.
The advice, “take a deep breath” might seem like a cliché, but it’s true when it comes to stress.
Breathe in and out deeply and slowly, concentrating on your lungs as they inflate fully in your chest.
While shallow breathing creates stress, deep breathing oxygenates your blood, aids in centering your body and clearing your mind.