As medical researchers learn more about the role stress plays in our overall health it becomes more obvious that stress is a potential killer. In addition to increasing the chances of having a heart attack, stroke or other serious medical problem, stress can also impact your mental health. A study from 2010 found that chronic stress has a negative impact on memory. Demanding jobs, busy schedules, financial difficulties and relationship problems are just a small sampling of stress triggers that can result in chronic stress. These simple methods can be used by anyone to reduce stress, and therefore reduce the chances of serious health problems.
1. Break out the iPod
Listening to music can help you lower stress and put you in a better mood. Obviously, selecting soothing music is better than putting on something like heavy metal in most cases. Everyone is different, so there may be people out there who feel relaxed listening to Metallica. For most people, classical music or even recordings of nature sounds like ocean waves or birds singing are probably the best ways to relax.
Ringing up a friend on the phone and chatting for a bit can help reduce stress levels. Sharing some of your troubles with someone you trust may help ease your anxiety, and perhaps even provide the benefit of some good advice and suggestions for your situation. Even a brief conversation with a close friend or loved one can help you put things in perspective.