6 little things you can do every day to feel less stressed


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Stress can be incredibly detrimental to your well-being. A survey by psychologist Robert Epstein found that 25% of your happiness depends on how well you manage stress, according to TIME. Sleep troubles, headaches, irritability, and changes in appetite are some physical signs that you’re under too much stress.

Unfortunately, you can’t always drop everything and take a nap or go to a yoga class to calm your mind. But if you’re feeling overwhelmed and tense, there are some quick fixes, backed by science, that can help you trick your body into feeling more zen.

Here are six easy ways to feel less stressed in your everyday life.

1. Talk to someone about what makes you stressed.

If something is stressing you out, science says you’ll probably feel better after venting to a sympathetic friend.

A 2000 study using 256 college students as subjects found that those who talked to someone about their stressors — and had their feelings validated — had lower levels of “intrusive thoughts” later and less stress the next time they had to face whatever was stressing them out.

2. Do some coloring.

Perhaps it’s no surprise that the popularity of coloring books for adults is booming.

Coloring activates two different parts of our brain, according to psychologist Gloria Martínez Ayala.

“The action involves both logic, by which we color forms, and creativity, when mixing and matching colors,” she told HuffPost. “This incorporates the areas of the cerebral cortex involved in vision and fine motor skills [coordination necessary to make small, precise movements]. The relaxation that it provides lowers the activity of the amygdala, a basic part of our brain involved in controlling emotion that is affected by stress.”

3. Take a quick walk, preferably in nature.

There’s really no substitute for physical activity when it comes to beating stress.

Physical activity actually reorganizes the brain to reduce its response to stress, according to researchers at Princeton University.

But that doesn’t mean you need to go to the gym. Just getting outside for a quick walk on your lunch break will do you good.

A 2015 study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports found that “even gentle lunchtime strolls can perceptibly — and immediately — buoy people’s moods and ability to handle stress at work,” Gretchen Reynolds wrote in The New York Times.

If you can take your stroll in nature surrounded by trees, you’ll see an even greater benefit to your mental and physical health. Studies conducted in Japan and Korea have found that spending time in forests can decrease stress and lower your blood pressure.

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