We all feel it: stress. In fact, you’d be considered abnormal to not feel it. The key is how we handle it. Luckily, kicking stress to the curb can be done within minutes and without much effort. Plus – destress when you sit less and stand more. Get $50 off a StandDesk!
Sweaty palms. Increased heart rate. Feeling nauseous. All of these sensations are examples of ways our bodies let us know we’re stressed. So, what do you do to press “reset?” If the answer is “nothing,” or “I’m not sure,” it’s time to start thinking about a solution.
From weight gain, heightened blood pressure and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), stress levels absolutely have an impact on your overall health. To help keep daily stress to a minimum, we’ve teamed up with StandDesk to increase health, happiness and productivity while decreasing stress.
You don’t need a spa day or a weekend retreat to de-stress (although that could definitely help!). These stress-relieving tips will take you from stressed to zen in under 15 minutes!
Get Your ZZZs In
It might be tempting to hit the hay at 3am and then make it to work by 8am the next morning (Netflix marathon, anyone?), but shortchanging yourself on sleep can increase your stress level. Approaching the day on little rest changes the way we react to the stressors of the day. For example, a long line at Starbucks after 8 hours of sleep might be no big deal whereas that same long line after 4 hours could literally increase your blood pressure. So, get some sleep! 7-9 hours per night is the sweet spot for most.
Give Your Mind a Break
Easier said than done, we know. But giving your mind a rest is crucial to reducing stress. Remember that Netflix marathon we mentioned earlier? Well, now we want you to take advantage of it – just not in the middle of the night when you should be getting rest. If your mind is constantly buzzing with the stressors of everyday life, do something (for lack of better words) completely mindless. Tune into your favorite sitcom. Bake a cake for absolutely no reason. Take some online quizzes. Whatever you can do to take your mind off things, do it! Even a few hours of de-stressing can go a long way.
That’s right. Eating can help reduce stress – but only if it’s a known stress reliever. Next time you’re feeling particularly stressed, don’t run to the nearest burger joint to eat your feelings. Instead, try noshing on a serving of dark chocolate or sipping a cup of green tea. While dark chocolate regulates levels of the stress hormone cortisol, green tea contains L-Theanine, a chemical that helps alleviate anger. Pair the two together and you’ll find yourself feeling lighter in no time. Other stress-reducing foods include mango, honey and chewing gum.
The things we are stressed about are often things in the past or the future. You’re dwelling on that mistake you made at work yesterday. Or you’re worried about that audition you have tomorrow night. You’re waiting for test results and it’s all you can think about. You can’t go back in time and fix a mistake, or speed up time to figure things out quicker. All you can do is be present in the moment. Walk outside and feel the breeze on your skin. Embrace the smell of cookies from the bakery across the street. Stopping to focus on your senses will help you feel less tense.
We know this requires a little more work than lifting a finger. But if we’re being fair, you don’t technically have to lift a finger in order to stand. After a long commute to work, a meeting-filled morning, and a slew of phone calls, kicking back in your comfortable office chair probably sounds like a dream. Unfortunately, those few moments of comfort could actually be having adverse affects on your stress levels. Both office and academic life is often sedentary, and sitting for long periods of time allows stress to accumulate in your body. That’s why workers, students and employers all over the world are turning to Standing Desks to aid in stress management. Get yours now and receive a $50 discount!