3 Ways To Reduce Stress:
- Show up five minutes early. Everyone knows the feeling: You’re running late, stuck in traffic, glancing at your watch every 30 seconds in frustration. Give yourself extra time to get wherever you need to go. Being an early bird will kill stress by giving you more control over your day and your commitments.
- Exercise 20 – 25 minutes – 5 times a week. Stress makes your body produce two hormones: cortisol and adrenaline. These chemicals put your body into fight-or-flight mode, ratcheting up your energy level and causing your heart to pound and your muscle to tense. Exercise gives you an outlet to reduce some of that tension. A good workout also increases your levels of “feel-good” chemicals called endorphins.
- Enjoy the company of friends. Socializing releases oxytocin, a chemical that can help combat stress hormones and lower your blood pressure. Just knowing you’re not alone can go a long way toward coping with stress.