Studies suggest that between 75% and 90% of all medical visits are connected to stress. Stress is known to be a silent killer. While so many people are used to operating under a certain amount of stress, it’s actually pretty unhealthy. Consider the following unconventional ways you can actively manage your stress levels.

Deep Breathing

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Oprah shared that during her 2020 Vision Tour, she had her audience practice deep breathing. Of all the cities she visited at the time, Los Angeles was the only city that truly understood how to breathe. Deep breathing is a skill that so many people don’t fully understand. Begin learning and practicing this art as an excellent way to manage your stress levels.

Focused Eating

It’s not uncommon for people to be really busy throughout the week. As a result, they’ll try to maximize their time by eating food while they’re on the go. When you eat in a rush, you’ll end up wanting to eat more later. Plus, you’ll stress out your digestive system. Instead, sit down to enjoy a meal. Take 30 minutes to sit down and really allow your food to go through the eating process. When you’re able to slow down and enjoy your food, you’ll subconsciously tell yourself that it’s okay to slow down and take your time.

Supplements

There are plenty of supplements that are really helpful for those who are looking to decrease their stress levels. First, it’s important to consult your physician before taking any vitamins or supplements. If you have a specific medical condition or currently take prescribed medication, you don’t want to interfere with your doctor’s orders. However, there are plenty of supplements that directly deal with stress reduction. B complex vitamins, Ashwagandha, and Melatonin are just a few options to consider. There’s a huge conversation surrounding the power of CBD as well. If you’d like to ease into using CBD products, consider trying CBD gummies for stress.

Free Time

Try not to pack your schedule with too many tasks. When your schedule gets really crowded, this can be a major stress inducer. Instead, carve out time in your schedule to just relax. You can opt to get a coloring book, turn on some music and color for thirty minutes. You can take a lunchtime nap. Go for a walk. Enjoy sitting on the porch. There’s something so restorative about doing nothing.

As you hit the reset button on your schedule, there’s a bit of an adjustment to consider. You might be tempted to find new ways to be productive. However, take the time to relax and stress less. You’ll be better because of it.

About the author

Anica Oaks

Anica is a professional content and copywriter who graduated from the University of San Francisco. She loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. You can connect with Anica on Twitter @AnicaOaks.

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