Say goodbye to stress with these effective tips

In the short term, it is not harmful. But if there are prolonged periods of stress, it can be harmful and lead to migraines, back pain, asthma, and, at other levels, ulcers, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or rheumatoid arthritis.

Stress can be acute or chronic, stemming from any situation or thought that makes a person feel frustrated, angry, or anxious.

Although it appears that the definition of stress is very simple, it is actually not. First, because not all stress is the same, and second, because believe it or not, it is difficult to detect when someone is feeling stressed. The characteristics of stress are similar to those you experience in other circumstances, for example when you watch a horror movie or eat a delicious dinner. Pleasure and stress trigger similar responses in your body and mind.

Therefore stress is triggered when you are simultaneously perceiving these two things: high expectations (internal and external) and a lack of control over the situation.

Headaches or dizziness can be a sign of stress

1. Meditation

Try to meditate every day for at least ten minutes

It is a mental exercise intended to find deeper levels of the mind that helps lower cortisol and adrenaline levels. This is positive, because these hormones that are produced in states of stress, remaining in the body for long periods, can cause numerous damages.

2. Exercise

Exercise strengthens your heart

It is a healthy way to relieve pent-up energy and tension. When you exercise, the flow of oxygen to your blood and brain increases, leading to increased alertness and concentration.

3. Listen to music that you like

Listening to music can benefit overall well-being

Several studies show that music can be used to decrease anxiety and relax muscles. This is because it increases the production of endorphins, known as the "happy" hormones of the body, and reduces the levels of cortisol, a hormone that rises during times of stress.

4. Reading

Reading prevents cognitive decline

Reading is a high-level reflective exercise that develops imagination and creativity and a source of culture that increases memory and concentration. Knowledge provides greater security and self-confidence.

5. Napping

Napping offers various benefits

Fatigue makes you less productive and more irritable, a not very good combination when suffering from stress. For those who do not sleep 7 to 8 hours, a 30 to 60-minute  nap helps make the day more tolerable and bearable. If you cannot do this, pause your work for at least 30 minutes.

Victoria Thais

A trip to India was all it took for Victoria to realise that meditation is not a fancy word for sitting around in silence. It truly changed Victoria’s life to a less stressful and more mindful one. Now a freelance consultant and journalist, Victoria joined KOKO to share her knowledge on those little things that are life so much better, and cosier.+ info

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