Five life hacks to reduce stress and anxiety

Globally, it is a myth that stress and anxiety are negative concepts. As both stress and anxiety can reach unavoidable levels, they are not completely unavoidable. People experience both stress and anxiety occasionally. While stress demands a lot from your physical and mental self, anxiety is feeling of worry and often a reaction to stress. Feeling constant anxiety can be a sign that something is not right and you may need help to figure out what that is. Excessive stress and anxiety affect a person both emotionally and physically. Excessive anxiety can lead to headaches, cramps, weight gain and impact your digestive, immune and reproductive systems.  

Eating healthy to reduce stress

Food consumption plays a major role in working around with stress. Since there is an interlink between stress and weight gain it is very important to watch your diet. Foods like leafy greens, salmon, turkey, avocado, blueberries, oatmeal are healthy foods that supplies the necessary nutrition as well as helps keep your weight in check. 

Relaxation response – breathing

Dedicating a few hours a day to breathing can bring about a positive impact on your body’s ability to deal with stress. Resonant breathing, also called coherent breathing, helps calm anxiety and brings your body to a relaxed state. You can try it yourself – lie down, close your eyes and gently breathe in through your nose, mouth closed, for a count of six seconds. As you exhale, allow your breath to leave your body for six seconds.  Be gentle and do not force it. Continue this for 8-10 mins a day. 

Avoid access to sensationalising news

Protect yourself if you wish to stay informed about world news for your own well-being. It is important to choose your sources wisely. Unbiased news reporting with integrity and lack of emotional exploitation can be hard to find these days. Some examples: New York Times , The Wall Street Journal, BBC News etc.  Reading or listening to news is recommended than watching it. For eg: if there is a plane crash, you can opt to read the ongoing updates rather than view graphic images that can lead to increasing stress. 

Develop a morning routine

Another effective way to deal with stress and anxiety is to practice a morning routine and stick to it. It helps massively to reduce stress. You can see great results as it boosts productivity, increases energy and helps with relationship issues. It helps keep you grounded with planning your activities for the day. Activities like waking up early, making your bed, meditating, taking a shower, making a gratitude list etc. help drop anxiety levels and enhance quality of life.  

Put your worries in perspective

Worry generally doesn’t solve anything and so it is important to keep them at bay. It is not beneficial to put yourself under a lot of pressure. It can have a negative effect resulting in increased stress and anxiety. Be kind to yourself. Keep your eye on the bigger picture and try to solve your problems with less worry and more strategic inputs. 

Do not shy away from asking for help. If you are looking for quality and effective brain training sessions that are personalized, drug-free and 100% guaranteed results, head down to Evolve Brain Training. We are certain to help you improve on any existing issues you might be suffering from, while ensuring you get the best anxiety and stress management treatment in Dubai.

Dr. Upasana Gala is the founder and CEO of Evolve Brain Training, a Neurofeedback-centered institute that focuses on using non-invasive brain training techniques to maximize the brain's true potential.

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