This post is presented to you by UnitedHealthcare.
If I had a nickel for every time one of my girlfriends talked about how stressed out they were I’d be a billionaire. The fact of the matter is–we all have some form of stress in our lives–whether it’s our kids, living situation, spouse, school, job, parents—whatever it is we all have stress. It all comes down to how we manage it.
Stress is completely unhealthy for you. It can mess with your sleep, your mood and even your body chemistry. It certainly has a negative effect on weight loss. Here are 5 ways to reduce stress because we all need to relax a little bit!
Massage: Take the time out to get a professional massage. I personally am a fan of massages because it forces you to lie still and allow your muscles to relax completely. I would opt for a 60 minute massage but even a 10-30 minute massage can do wonders for your stress levels!
Call a friend: We all have that friend or family member that gives us advice and helps us see things more clearly. Sometimes all you need is a listening ear from someone with an objective view.
Bond with Nature: Have you ever noticed that taking a walk in the park is incredibly soothing? Something about the fresh air and the sun can be very restorative.
Explore your city: Go to the city nearest you and explore! Do the tourist experience and see your city from a different point of view. Bonus points if you do this by yourself!
Dance like no one is watching: Put on your favorite song and just move. Throw your hands up–drop it all the way low–whatever you need to do to express yourself and how you feel when you hear that favorite song. Bonus points if you sing out loud too. There is magic healing power in music, don’t be afraid to use it!
UnitedHealthcare is currently running a great contest while advocating a stress free life. Check out the deets below!
The We Dare You to Share website features three dares each month. For April they are all stress-related; sharing a photo their website site of someone laughing, watch a video on ways to reduce stress, and take a stress management quiz. The goal is to get people to take small steps to live a little bit healthier every day, whether encouraging people to laugh more, or to increase the awareness of the effects of stress. By completing these dares you will be entered to win $25 Visa gift cards weekly and the chance to win a grand prize worth $400!
How do you reduce stress? Anything missing from the list?