Managing Stress In Chaotic Times
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Hi everyone. It’s Sudipta and today I want to talk to you about stress and mental health. In today’s environment, your life has probably been thrown into complete chaos over the last few weeks. So I wanted to share three simple tips to manage stress and to help you relax.
Number one is to get your endorphins on. Endorphins are chemicals that are produced by the brain and play an important role in triggering positive feelings and helping you feel better.
One of the easiest ways of triggering endorphins is through exercise. If you’re worried about your gym not being open, go online for a slew of resources that can show you how you can exercise in the safety and comfort of your own home. If you’re not into moderate or intense exercise, you do have the option of trying something like yoga, deep breathing, or meditation, all of which can also help have a calming effect.
Number two is to reach out and reach in. Reach out to friends, family, neighbors and loved ones to make sure they’re doing okay and to check on them. It’s particularly important to reach out to elderly people, those with disabilities or those who may already be fighting mental health concerns, because they’re particularly vulnerable at this time.
Also take the time to reach in and reconnect with yourself. Do the things that you love to do and take some time to find things that you truly enjoy doing. This can help uplift your mood and help you feel better.
Number three is to nourish yourself. Do the best you can to have a healthy, balanced diet.
If you’re looking for additional options, there are a few other things that you can try. If you’re into aromatherapy, consider some soothing lavender oil, either in a hot bath or in a diffuser in your home.
You can also try a few ingredients that have been studied for their role in calming. One example is theanine, which was originally identified as an amino acid in green tea. Theanine has been shown to help with supporting calming and relaxation. Another ingredient, which is actually a cactus called Caralluma Fimbriata has also been shown to support healthy cortisol levels, a key hormone when it comes to stress.
So these are a few simple tips that can help you manage stress and hopefully lead a better life.