7 Ways to Destress Naturally
This community is made up of busy babes who balance a lot of responsibilities, from work meetings, to family commitments, to school exams. Stress is inevitable, and we get that. It happens to us, too! We’re always running from workouts, to meetings, to shoots, and events, and those stress vibes can creep in. But here’s the thing: We can’t let stress take over. It doesn’t serve us mentally or physically. In fact, having too much of the stress hormone cortisol in your bod can slow metabolism, increase blood sugar levels, and weaken your immune system.
So today, we’re talkin’ about 7 natural and healthy ways to relieve anxiety and bring on some peaceful vibes. We try to incorporate these into our lives every day!
Lean on your girlfriends
That’s what they’re there for! When you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, talk to your friends, family, or partner. Instead of keeping those feelings bottled up, it’s much healthier to tell someone how you feel. They can help you work through your feelings, and just the act of expressing yourself will help you feel better. We always call each other when we need to talk something out!
Go for a walk outside
Coworkers stressing ya out? Walk it off! Stroll 10 minutes away from your office and back on your lunch break. Exercise releases the feel-good hormone endorphins, which can combat stress. Research also shows that viewing nature can help people recover from a stressful experience. ¹
We like to devote at least a few minutes every morning to meditation. According to a study, daily mediation can lead to increased activity in the prefrontal cortex, which helps regulate stress. The practice also helps lower cortisol and boost self-confidence and optimism. Read more about our mediation practice HERE!
Take a yoga class
Tons of research has linked yoga to decreased stress levels. A hot yoga class always give us relaxed, happy vibes! Stop by your fave studio or try one of our yoga workouts like THIS one!
Listen to a great playlist
Bust stress with some Beyoncé! Research shows that when college students listened to music they reported feeling less anxious. Tunes also lowered their cortisol levels. ² Try one of our fave playlists HERE! You’ll be feelin’ the love.
Watch a rom-com
Studies find that the act of laughing releases those feel-good endorphins! ³ Invite your girls over for a movie night and watch a fave comedy or rom-com. The Holiday is always our go-to! Plus, if you’re anything like us, your pals will have you cracking up! ; )
Turn it into a positive
We like to take our stress as a challenge, and anything that challenges you makes you stronger. Ask yourself, “How can I use this feeling to achieve more? What can I learn from this situation and how can it benefit me?” You can use that feeling to help you achieve things you never thought possible!
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