Now the time has come again, in which the nerves are blank, because for many people the holidays mean pure stress. Often, however, they are themselves responsible. Of course, we seldom run targeted self-sabotage, but there are certain behaviors that make life unnecessarily difficult.
Take a deep breath and take a look at our list. Maybe you are stressed out for one of the following reasons:
1. You have not laughed today
If you could not remember the last time you had tears, think about your life thoroughly. It has been scientifically proven that laughter reduces stress, promotes blood circulation, relaxes muscles, stimulates the immune system and relieves pain.
2. They do not do sports
In a study on the stress response of mice to a cold water bath, it turned out that animals that were previously physically active, only show a short stress behavior and then return to the resting state. This suggests that the brain can better deal with stress after physical activity. Regular (not just when you feel like it) Sport helps you reduce stress. In addition, you will not only feel better, but also fit in your old jeans again.
3. You hear the wrong music
Many studies prove the relaxing effect of music. However, the individual taste of music should be considered. Your piano teacher may relax with Debussy as you move to a place of deep relaxation with the cranberries. You know best what is good for you.
4. They rinse the dishes “tomorrow”
Hand on heart: How neat are you? Were you the scare of every shared kitchen? Do you often find a half-rotten banana peel under a pile of advertising on the fridge? Does your car resemble a recycling bin? Bringing more order into his life will not dissipate stress in the air, but there is evidence that a tidier environment lowers the stress level.
5. You do not have enough sex
If you’re upset about something, you probably do not feel the urge for sex – but it should! Because sex is the most pleasant anti-stress agent on this list. After all, sex is not just a decent work-out (it’s not for nothing Mattress SPORT), but also has a very relaxing effect. Researchers at Princeton University found that rats that were allowed to have sex daily showed lower levels of stress hormones. It has also been known for some time that pygmy chimpanzees become sexually active in order to relieve stress.
6. You are breathing wrong
Fast breathing is a natural reaction to stress factors. However, this only makes sense if you are fleeing from a saber-toothed tiger. In all other cases, hyperventilating is rather counterproductive. Look for a suitable breathing exercise for you and use it back, if it goes out of round.
7. You want to face the stress
A thoroughly honorable attempt. In reality, however, you can – to some extent – just avoid anything that tugs at your nerves. You do not like crowds? Then just do not go shopping on Saturday mornings. Mayo Clinic experts believe that, for example, you should completely avoid certain people. What you probably already do. But now you do not have to feel guilty anymore if you avoid the bad breath of your colleague.
8. They say nothing nice to themselves
Keeping up well (“It’ll be alright”, “I’m not going to drop the baby”) has been proven to help soothe the nerves. Your brain is an extremely powerful tool. So use it too.
9. You are sleeping badly
When it’s well past midnight and you have to leave early the next day, it’s time to log out of Watchever and NOT watch another episode. Ensuring regular, healthy sleep not only reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease, some cancers and other chronic health problems, but also gives you a more positive view of yourself and your life.
10. Time management is a goal you have not reached yet
Do you even feel bad at how many things you have to do each day? Then you should think about how much time each task takes. Planning the day in advance and tackling the tasks of their importance can help you better manage your time and, with it, your life. For example, if you forget about surfing the web, this Chrome extension will tell you how long you’ve been on each site.
11. You say too often “yes”
It is fine to say “no” from time to time to free yourself from a few obligations. No, you can not drive your cousin to the airport because you’ve planned a dinner with friends for weeks. No, you can not bake a Christmas cake for the Christmas party in the office because you do not have time for it. And you candied fruits and raisins are a horror. Which alone would be reason enough.
12. You are inseparable from your phone
Research shows that the pressure to respond promptly to emails, SMS, phone calls and status messages can sometimes be just too much. Therefore, it makes perfect sense to turn off the computer and the phone every day for a certain amount of time.
13. You have just reached an important goal
… and still are totally stressed out. How annoying! Scientists found that students who pursued altruistic goals, that is, goals that benefited not only themselves but others as well, were less likely to be stressed after attaining them than students pursuing purely selfish ends. In other words, whoever becomes a better person probably feels better too.
If you need an extra dose of anti-stress, you should just spend some time with your pet. Then the world looks much better.