Feeling stressed out? You’re not alone. With increasingly busy schedules – 6am wake-up, 9 to 5 at the office, post-work commitments, dinner, bed, repeat sound familiar? The demands of everyday life can become overwhelming at times.
With this in mind, we’ve rounded up our top five tips that will help you find your inner (Bear) Strength to turn stress into success. Ready to roll up your sleeves and get stuck in? Read on…
Cardio has long been hailed for its positive effects on mood. Physical activity in any form (from yoga or a brisk walk to HIIT or CrossFIT) has been known to pump your body with endorphins (your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters), relieve tension, reduce stress and increase both your confidence and self-esteem – what better excuse to get moving?
Hit the Bar
Not the kind that serves up dirty martinis at happy hour, but the one at your local gym. Research has shown that lifting weights (which puts a heavy strain on your muscles) can produce more endorphins in a faster period of time than cardio exercise. Multi-joint lifts have been shown to be most effective, so next time you hit the gym, opt for the bench press, leg press or squats for maximum impact.
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It’s not always easy to look on the Brightside, but studies have shown that swapping any negative self talk for a positive attitude can not only have a huge impact on your stress levels, but can also help you live stronger, longer and younger.
Whether it’s physically switching off your electronic devices or mentally clocking off from worries, the need to control or over-thinking, sitting back, relaxing and clearing your head, whether it’s in the form of meditating, gardening or walking the dog, can help you recharge your batteries and melt away stresses.
Spend Time With Your Friends
Feeling like it’s all work (or workout) and no play? Call your pals! Whether it’s a coffee date, catching a movie or taking part in a group workout, research has shown a strong link between friendships and happiness. What’s more, spending time with your nearest and dearest hasn’t only been proven to help ease stress, but can also make you feel good, laugh out loud (another stress-busting tactic in itself) and gain the support you need when the going get’s tough.
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