Things can go unpredictably awry at times, causing us to feel stressed or upset in life. It is important to recognise when you are stressed and take baby steps to minimise and avoid additional stress.
1. Laugh It Off
Laughter is the best medicine, it is fun, free and easy to use - especially for countering stress. Laughter is also one of most powerful tools that can trick your nervous system into thinking you are happy. If you are one of those people that has difficulties laughing, enroll in laughing classes such as organised by Singapore Laughter Yoga. You will not only feel better after the class, you will also glow with a smile on your face!
2. Eat Right
Stress is a huge contributing factor to an unhealthy diet, from a neurobiological perspective. On top of that, our fast-paced and hectic schedules often cause us to resort to convenient, sugary and fatty snacks. A good tip would be to incorporate Omega-3, on top of healthy fruits and vegetables in your diet. Fish with high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon or cod fish have been shown to reduce levels of stress. A convenient option would be selecting a tuna sandwich with extra lettuce during lunchtime!
Vegetarian or vegan? Walnuts are one of the best plant sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, at 2g per 100g of walnuts.
3. Outsource Nitty-gritty Chores
Personal and household chores can be more stressful than being at work. In fact, some findings suggest a relationship between household responsibilities and high blood pressure. Instead of doing the housework, why not engage in online cleaning platforms such as Helpling to put your worries at bay? With just a few clicks, you will be able to arrange a trusted cleaner to clean your homes at your preferred time. This not only reduces stress, but also frees up more of your precious time to spend with friends and loved ones!
4. Get a Workout
When you exercise, your body produces endorphins that enables one to feel good about themselves, thus keeping both your body and mind in “good shape”. These natural painkillers distract you from daily worries, which in turn reduces stress. Exercise in any form therefore acts as a stress reliever and gives you better control over your body and life. Running out of ideas? Take part in outdoor bootcamps, like those from Made Real's partner, Eat Train Love!
With these tips and some positivity, we hope that you will apply these to your everyday life and inspire people around you with happiness!
Contributed by Helpling, the leading online cleaning platform in Singapore.