Eat it up
Eating can be a blessing or a curse if you are stressed. Some people overindulge when stressed, leading to weight gain or feelings of guilt. If you are a stress eater or are stressed and looking for a quick fix, try eating foods that are good for you and reduce stress. Womenshealthmag.com lists the best foods for beating stress. Try one of your favorites next time you are feeling anxious. Things like nuts, avocado, salmon and oranges make their list, proving emotional eating isn’t always a bad thing. Our advice: When you are feeling down, go for the fridge — just make sure you're making healthy choices!
Talk it out
One of the best ways to beat stress is to actively engage in conversation with someone you trust. According to stressrelieftools.com, talking to a friend is great medicine: “Having nourishing, healthy social relationships and a social support system is an excellent stress reliever. When too much stress has piled up, call your friend and vent. Releasing your feelings with a trusted friend will make you feel better.” So when you think your day can’t get any worse, have someone on speed dial that doesn’t mind listening to you rant about your boss or your pending deadlines.
Sweat it off
One of the greatest ways to decrease stress and increase feelings of wellbeing is to sweat. Harvard Health teaches that “the mental benefits of aerobic exercise have a neurochemical basis. Exercise reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. It also stimulates the production of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers and mood elevators.” So next time you're feeling like you can’t take it anymore, lace up your tennis shoes and get your sweat on!
Get it on
Sometimes the last thing on your mind when you're having a stressful day is sex. However, research shows that “people who had had intercourse respond[ed] better to stress than those who engaged in other sexual behaviors or abstained.” So, if you know you're in for a week of stress at work or come home on edge, take that energy to the bedroom and soothe your mood with some steamy sex!
Emergency stress buster tip: If you suffer from stress headaches, try acupressure. Apply steady pressure to the point where your smallest finger and wrist meet.