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11 ways to relieve stress on a weekend

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Any kind of discomfort that causes your body physical, emotional, or psychological strain is stress.

Your body’s overall response to anything that requires attention or action can be defined as stress too.

Stress is inevitable for humans and there are many mechanisms to cope with stress to avoid an adverse reaction to your overall health.

This is why WUZUPNIGERIA, today, highlights 11 easy but healthy ways to cope with stress in no particular order:

Eat good and healthy food
Pay special attention to fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products. Include a variety of protein foods such as seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, legumes (beans and peas).

Sweat out tension with a good workout
Sweating helps cool down the body. Water is released through glands in the skin, evaporates off the skin and the body is cooled. During exercise, muscles heat up more, so more sweat is needed.

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Play with a pet
Interacting with animals has been shown to decrease levels of cortisol (a stress-related hormone) and lower blood pressure.

Watch a comedy
Comedy triggers laughter. Laughter is strong medicine drawing people together in ways that trigger healthy physical and emotional changes in the body. Laughter strengthens your immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Comedy lightens your burdens, inspires hope, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert. It also helps you release anger and forgive sooner.

Go for a walk
New research has found that taking more steps each day could help you live longer. You don’t need to commit to lengthy strolls every day to improve your health. More daily steps has been linked to a range of health benefits, like better heart health, improved sleep quality, and more positive mental health.

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Take a long bath
Submergence in water can reduce pain and inflammation and also calm the nervous system, reducing the levels of stress and anxiety in the body.

Spend time in nature
Studies have shown that spending time in nature is an antidote for stress as it can lower blood pressure and stress hormone levels, reduce nervous system arousal, enhance immune system function, increase self-esteem, reduce anxiety, and improve mood.

Write in your journal
As insignificant as it might sound, journaling is one of the easiest and simplest ways to reduce stress as it serves as an escape or emotional release of negative thoughts and feelings.

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Savour a warm cup of coffee or tea
Some studies have identified that drinking coffee or tea can potentially reduce emotional and physical stress. Coffee’s effect on brain chemistry not only keeps us alert but can also affect neurotransmitters in the brain to help you fight off symptoms of stress.

Get a massage
Massage helps to decrease stress by lowering the heart rate, relaxing muscles and releasing endorphins. Massage increases the temperature in the body and promotes relaxation. When the body relaxes, the heart rate is reduced.

Listen to music
Faster music can make you feel more alert and concentrate better. Upbeat music can make you feel more optimistic and positive about life. A slower tempo can quiet your mind and relax your muscles, making you feel soothed while releasing the stress of the day. Music is effective for relaxation and stress management.

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