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Scientific Ways to Lower Our Stress

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Experts explain some of the best stress-reduction tactics.

With the holidays looming, many of us may start to feel the stress mounting.  Ironically, it’s likely that the last thing we want is for stress to ruin the holidays, it’s essential that we take care of ourselves.  Here are some of the science-backed stress reduction tips that we suggest to try.

  • Exercise

Exercising is as good for our mental health as it is for our physical health.  Studies have shown that people who exercise regularly are more likely to have better mental, physical, and emotional health than individuals who lead a more sedentary lifestyle.  So, it’s important that we make an effort to get active to possibly keep our stress under control.

  • Go for Walks

According to a study published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, taking a short 15-minute walk is enough to reduce feelings of stress and fatigue. For the best results, experts recommend walking outside so we can reap the benefits of being out in the tranquility of nature.

  • Gargle Water

When we gargle, it stimulates the vagus nerve (a nerve that facilitates a relaxation response). When we get stressed, our bodies get tense, and our nervous systems get stuck using the same parts of the body while ignoring others.  When we gargle, it stimulates the vagus nerve that has been forgotten in our bodies’ stress response.  This stimulation helps our body shift into a stage of relaxation.

  • Daydream

On an everyday basis, our minds are most likely almost always focused on the tasks we need to accomplish.  However, this may get mentally exhausting.  This is why it’s suggested that we let our minds wander every once in a while.  When allow ourselves to think unburdened by task-oriented constraints, we just may be able to refresh ourselves mentally.

We at The Maria Sanchez Show hope you will join us as we practice these stress-mitigation strategies.   Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.   Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

 

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