Stress isn’t good for your health. Studies show that chronic stress and occasional stress both make your blood pressure climb and slow healing.
There are things you can do that are good for your health and that help relieve stress.
Identify what makes you feel stressed and find ways to change it.
For example, if you feel stressed when driving because traffic is terrible, explore using public transportation instead.
Find practical solutions to problems that cause ongoing stress.
Worried about bills? See a credit counselor, plan a budget or find other ways to take control over your financial problems. Argue with your spouse about cleaning the house? Hire a cleaning service every two weeks if you can afford it.
Keep a gratitude journal.
Every evening, take five minutes to think about and write down three things about your day that you have appreciated. It can be as simple as a phone call to an old friend, a funny video on Facebook, or a beautiful sunset.
Download a relaxation app – and use it!
Here is an article that offers information about three mindfulness apps you can download for free.