It may surprise you to find out that biological stress is a really recent discovery. It wasn’t until the late 50s that endocrinologist Hans Selye first detected and documented stress.

Symptoms of stress were around long before Selye, but his discoveries led to new research that has helped plenty of folks deal with stress. Here’s a list of ways to relieve stress.

Listen to music

If you’re overwhelmed by a stressful situation, try taking a break and listening to soothing music. Playing relaxing music has a good effect on the body and brain, can reduce blood pressure, and lower cortisol, a hormone connected to stress.

Some suggestions include cello master Yo-Yo Ma playing Bach, but if classical isn’t your thing, try listening to nature or ocean sounds. It may sound cheesy, but they have the same calming effects as music.

Talk yourself through it

Sometimes calling a friend isn’t an option. If this is the case, talking calmly to yourself can work too.

Don’t think about looking crazy. Just tell yourself why you’re stressed out, what you have to do to finish the task at hand, and most importantly, that all will be alright

Tuna sandwiches are brain food-yum.

Eat right

Stress levels and a good diet are closely related. When we’re stressed, we frequently don’t eat well and resort to eating fatty, sugary snack foods as a pick-me-up.

Try not to munch on sugary snacks and plan ahead. Fruits and veggies are always good, and fish with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids have been known to diminish the symptoms of stress. A tuna sandwich is really good brain food.

Laughter lets go of endorphins that enhance mood and lessens levels of the stress-causing hormones cortisol and adrenaline. Laughing makes your nervous system think you’re happy. Laughter really is the best medicine.

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