5 Tips to Reduce Stress

5 Tips to Reduce Stress

BREATHE. There are 2 types of breathing: shallow and deep. Taking shallow chest breathes causes the body to operate in the "fight or flight" mode, which is highly stressful. Less oxygen goes to the brain and the body continues to operate on high alert. It is important to take deep abdominal breathes, which stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system.          

GRATITUDE. Remembering things to be grateful for throughout the day really does wonders for one's state of mind and body. Positive thinking releases chemicals that help with digestion, euphoria, relaxation and overall well-being.

LAUGHTER. Laughter truly is the best medicine and laughing for 10 minutes a day will do amazing things. It changes the physiology of the entire body, increases circulation, releases different "happy" chemicals in the body, reduces stress, helps the heart, and even can burn calories!

SIT IN SILENCE. Taking 10-30 minutes to quiet the mind and clear thoughts can be beneficial. If meditating is not preferable, spend time visualizing goals for the day. This will help focus on personal needs, which can be relaxing later when the day starts to get stressful.

TAKE A WALK OUTSIDE. Sometimes all that is needed is fresh air and sunlight. Taking a step away from the computer, the phone, the office,etc. can help clear thoughts and be very calming.
*If you need help with your nerves... call me and I can prescribe the proper breathing exercise for you!
In Health,

Dr. Brad(619) 297-9355 (WELL)