Winter can be a time of year when stress levels are on the rise. The days are shorter, and that means less sunlight. Not to mention, winter weather often means that commutes to work are difficult and people are cooped up indoors. When you add this all together, you might find yourself feeling tired, agitated and maybe even a little blue.
An article in The Huffington Post shared a few pointers that can help when you’re trying to put the stress on hold and relax. We’re sharing seven of they way they mentioned that can help you de-stress and shake the doldrums. And the best part? These tips will cost you little to nothing, and have scientific backing behind them.
Seven Ways You Can De-Stress
Take a Walk. While this isn’t always possible in the winter, a quick walk can do wonders for your stress levels. That’s because even moderate exercise can help boost your endorphin levels, which in turn lower stress hormones.
Talk to Your Plants. If you don’t have a houseplant, consider buying one. Plants can help purify your air, and help calm you. Studies have shown that people physically respond to an environment with plants better than one without.
Unplug. We live in an age where it’s hard to step away from the computer screen, but we need to unplug for less stress and better sleep. Take breaks during the day if you’re on the computer a lot, and turn it off an hour before bed.
Phone a Friend. In a study of middle school children, it was found that when the teens spent time with their closest friends, the production of stress hormones decreased. Psychologists agree that it is the same for adults.
Go Bananas. Or potatoes. Eating either provides your body with the potassium it needs to help regulate blood pressure and increase energy.
Break Out the Crayons. Adult coloring books are popular for a reason – repetitive motions using fine motor skills, like those required in coloring or other crafts, can help reduce anxiety and relieve stress.
Tune In. The old saying, “music soothes the savage beast” has truth in it – it tends to slow the heart rate, reduce blood pressure and can even decrease stress hormone levels. Bonus – it also helps increase levels of “happy” neurochemicals like dopamine in your brain.
And at All Seasons, we’ll do our part in helping to reduce your stress.
You can count on us to help you with your heating and cooling needs – whether you need maintenance, repair or a brand-new installation. We take your comfort seriously and strive to meet your needs promptly, professionally and thoroughly. Just give us a call at (631) 694-1616 and we’ll make your home comfort needs worry-free!