The 5 B’s to Relieve Stress

The 5 B's to Relieve Stress by Angela Joseph #TheWellnessUniverse #WUVIP #5B's
The 5 B's to Relieve Stress by Angela Joseph #TheWellnessUniverse #WUVIP #5B's
When we think of stress, our minds conjure up unpleasant situations that weigh us down and cause us to feel anxious.

However, pleasant events, such as a family celebration or planning for a vacation, can cause us to feel stressed as well. According to The National Institute of Health, stress arises when we perceive the demands made on us as being more than we can handle. If not managed properly, stress can weaken your immune system, making you susceptible to a host of ailments from the common flu to a heart attack.

Listed below, the 5 B’s to relieve stress should soon have you back on an even keel:

  1. Balance –

We live in a society that prides itself on being super busy, but this busyness can lead to a lack of balance in one’s life, which oftentimes leads to stress. When you think of balance, try to visualize a scale. If you are overwhelmed by trying to do too much at once, your scale will tip in that direction and your life will be out of balance. By saying no to some things or by learning to prioritize your time, you can bring your life into balance.

  1. Bath –

Water is therapeutic and is a natural stress reliever. Taking a nice, long soak in the tub after a hard day at work is a good way to relieve stress. A warm bath can also contribute to a good night’s sleep. Pour in some Epsom salts, add a few drops of lavender oil, a natural stress reliever, light some scented candles and you have created your very own spa. You can take it a notch higher by playing calming music on your radio or other devices. Music has a positive effect on the brain and body. It can lower blood pressure and reduce cortisol, the stress hormone.

  1. Bear –

A lot of the stress we have to deal with may come from the people around us. A co-worker, boss or even a spouse may always seem to rub us the wrong way. Since we can’t easily avoid them, we might as well learn to bear with them until such time as they are no longer in our orbit. This does not mean that we allow them to abuse us. Instead, we try to understand what is fueling their meanness or bad temper. Many times, people who are mean or bad-tempered are unhappy. Try to treat them with respect and, yes, kindness, but do not descend to their level by treating them the way they treat you. Your stress level will thank you for that.

  1. Break –

Many companies schedule regular breaks for their employees so they can refresh themselves and enhance their performance during the day. You can take full advantage of this break time by going outdoors, inhaling some fresh air and allowing nature to work its restorative powers on your mind and body. The Daily Mail reports an experiment in which volunteers were taken to a park surrounded by trees. In just a few minutes their blood pressure, heart rate, and muscle tension had fallen. A break may also mean taking a short vacation away from work and your normal environment.

  1. Breathe –

Another great stress buster is breathing. Controlled breathing in which you focus on your breath going in and out in a rhythmic pattern can help calm your nervous system and help you feel reenergized. The good thing about breathing is that you don’t have to wait until your break time to do this. You can perform this relaxation technique seated at your desk. Simply breathe in through your nostrils and hold to the count of five, then breathe out. Perform five times. You may do three sets if you have the time. Doing this in bed can also help promote sleep.

Stress is a part of the world we live in, but you don’t have to let it ruin your life. By incorporating the 5 B’s shared above, along with proper nutrition and exercise, you can overcome stress and enjoy your life.

– Angela



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