We all have stress triggers in our daily lives, these get our hormones pumping and our blood pressure rising quickly, Lagos traffic tends to be one of ours. Here are 5 proven ways to manage stress, so you can get on the path to living a healthy and balanced life.
Take a walk
Any walk helps reduce stress in unexplainable ways, its also helps clear your head which in turn boosts your brain's production of endorphins which help counter stress hormones. We recommend you take a 10 mins walk when stressed.
Listen to music
Music speaks to the soul! Play a track, preferably a song you love and this will slow down your heart rate, lower your blood pressure and decrease your level of stress hormones over time. We recommend classic music as it has a particular soothing effect.
Breathing exercises — or even just taking a few deep breaths — can help reduce tension and relieve stress, thanks to an extra boost of oxygen. While shallow breathing — a marker of stress — stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, deep breathing does the opposite: It stimulates the parasympathetic reaction, which helps us to calm down- reported by NPR
Rest or have a snack
Feel free to put your head down and take a 30 minutes power nap to get your stress levels reduced, you may also want to snack on a potassium rich fruit like banana which helps increase your recovery and energy levels
Get some mini-workout
Get rid of those stiff muscles by doing some quick office exercises, these help keep your body in peak condition, making you feel lighter and more energized. Try doing simple exercises you like to help you develop a regular exercise routine.