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5 Science-Backed Ways to De-Stress

May 22, 2015 2 min read

If you ask anyone if they're stressed or not, more often than not, the answer is yes. According to the latest statistics released by the American Psychological Association, one in four report that their stress levels are “extreme.” What's worse, is the more stressed we become, the more health experts are warning us of the dangers to our hearts, immune systems, digestive systems and mental well-being. So how can you de-stress starting now? Try these 3 scientifically proven ways to take a load off of your mind.

Start Single-Tasking

Between work, home and our personal lives - we have a lot on our plates at all times. It’s common to have a classic case of FOMO (fear of missing out) on opportunities. This causes us to take on a lot and find ourselves stretch way too thin. While multitasking can lead to stress, we can't just drop everything. You are allowed to have multiple goals - just make a conscious transition between the tasks.

Eat Your Omega-3s

Instead of going to town on a bag of Doritos, having salmon for dinner may be the better choice comfort food. Studies have shown that a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids helps lower cortisol levels, the hormone released by the adrenal glands in response to stress. Get 1-2 servings of salmon, mackerel, or trout each week and take a high-quality fish oil supplement.

Avoid Overtraining

We love exercise as a de-stressor!However, it can also be stressful on the body if you push yourself too hard. If you’re overtraining, you’re not giving your body a chance to rest and recuperate - leading to more fatigued muscles and more inflammation. Overtraining can sabotage your performance, which can lead to more stress. Nobody wants to get caught in that vicious cycle.

Get Sexy

Being super stressed out can take a toll on your libido but tons of research points to sex being an excellent stress reliever. A study in the journal Biological Psychology found a link between intercourse and an improved response to stress (compared to those that didn’t have sex).

Go to Bed Early

We get hatted your brain won't shut off but staying up late won't hep your stress. A recent study out of Birmingham University found that people who sleep regular hours most nights have fewer negative thoughts than those who opt for a later bedtime. If you're a creature of the night, try winding down for the evening 30 minutes earlier than usual for a few weeks, then 45 minutes and so on, until you’re hitting 7-8 hours solid rest.

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