April is Stress Awareness Month, so it’s a perfect time to discuss this notorious energy-zapper and health saboteur. We all know the toll stress can take, from sleep disruption to chronic illness and depression. Stress is certainly a negative, but it doesn’t have to be! According to psychology researchers, it can be a learning opportunity. Stress can actually be a healthy part of our lives if we learn to manage it properly. Here are a few easy ways to turn this notorious “negative” into a “positive,” compliments of the experts at Psychology Today:
Look at a fish tank.
It’s not a coincidence that many doctors’ offices display fish tanks in their lobbies. Watching fish has been clinically shown to have a calming effect. In lieu of a fish tank, spend a moment checking out cute animal pictures on your phone. Bear in mind that we are not encouraging you to slack off at work. A minute or two of silliness in your day is often all it takes to bust the stress monster.
Gaze outside your window.
We hear it time and again that getting some fresh air will restore your spirit and boost your mood. But when you’re in the thick of it, do you really have time to commune with nature? When you’re pressed, a simple glance out your window will do. Taking a minute to look away from your work and observe the birds in the tree can help to slow your heart rate and restore a bit of serenity to your hectic pace.
Make stress work for you not against you.
Stress is a natural part of life. It’s always going to be there, so you might as well make peace with it. Psychology experts advise looking at stress as an educational moment. It’s your body’s way of expressing your values and priorities in life. Instead of stressing out about stress, start noticing the good you are doing with it. Turning your focus from your problems to your productivity is an easy way to feel empowered, energized, and less stressed!
If all else fails, schedule a medical spa visit!
Self-care is a tried-and-true stress buster. In times of tension, consider indulging in a revitalizing skin treatment, or that CoolSculpting® session you’ve been fantasizing about. When you look good, you feel good!
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