Finding positive ways to manage stress can help improve both your mental and physical health. Not all stressors are bad. But, they do all have an impact on your body and your health if not managed properly. Whether your stress comes from a hard day at work, a relationship conflict, or a happy event like a wedding, here are a few ways you can manage it effectively. Thank you to Dunkin’ Donuts for sponsoring this post.
Positive Ways to Manage Stress
When you get stressed, your body responds by releasing hormones and increasing your heart rate and your breathing rate. Your brain receives more oxygen to make a better decision. While there is nothing wrong with occasional moments of stress, being stressed all the time can lead to a number of health problems including anxiety, depression, insomnia, asthma and digestive issues. I tend to be frequently stressed so finding positive ways to manage stress is something that I work on regularly.
Listen to Music
Listening to music can help you relax or put a happy step in your day. When I’m stressed, I tend to choose instrumental music to relax. But, if I’m exercising to get rid of stress, I put on something loud with a great beat. I use my Amazon Echo to play music from my music library. But, you could listen to your favorite radio station or songs on your smartphone.
Depending on why I’m stressed, sometimes the greatest way for to manage it is to go for a walk. Just getting outside and looking at the quiet road ahead of me is enough to change the way I’m feeling. Sometimes I go for a walk in the woods and listen to the birds sing to refocus my thoughts to something more peaceful. If the weather isn’t cooperating, you could go to the gym or do your favorite workout in the living room.
Get your mind off whatever is bothering you and be creative if you enjoy it. My daughter loves to crochet while I tend to go for doodling or card making instead. Whatever it is that makes you feel happiest, spend an hour or so devoted to your favorite craft. If you don’t find crafting relaxing, substitute another favorite activity. How about reading or watching a romantic comedy on television.
Have a Cup
Having a cup of herbal tea is one of my favorite ways to unwind. I turn on my salt lamp, choose my favorite blend from Dunkin’ Donuts, and spend some time enjoying a few minutes of quiet. Depending on your schedule, you can brew your tea at home or stop at Dunkin’ Donuts for a cup of tea while running your errands for the day.
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- Bold Breakfast Black™ Tea: A bold blend of full leaf black tea for a full bodied flavor.
- Harmony Leaf Green™ Tea: A vibrant full leaf green tea delivering a delicate earthy flavor.
- Chamomile Fields™ Herbal Infusion: A caffeine-free herbal infusion featuring chamomile flowers, citrus, and herbs combined to offer a fragrant and delicate taste.
- Hibiscus Kiss™ Herbal Infusion: A caffeine-free herbal infusion featuring hibiscus, herbs, and natural berry flavors to deliver bright and juicy flavors in every sip.
- Cool Mint Herbal Infusion: A caffeine-free herbal infusion combining peppermint leaves and natural herbs to offer a cool, invigorating taste.
I picked up a box of the Chamomile Fields™ Herbal Infusion tea from Dunkin’ Donuts to enjoy at home this weekend. Buy each new flavor in boxes containing 15 individually wrapped pyramid tea sachets, at the suggested retail price of $6.99 at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants. Dunkin’ Donuts’ full menu, including breakfast items, are available all day.
Do you have any positive ways to manage stress in your life?