The Living Room
5 Ways to Lower Your Stress Level
Our friends from “The Living Room” share 5 stress-relieving tips and we at Dabl have a few more to help you feel your best!
No one likes being stressed out, but many of us are. Luckily, there are simple ways to combat that stress. Exercise reduces cortisol, the primary stress hormone, and stimulates endorphins, the mood-boosting chemicals that make us feel good! Tiffiny Hall of “The Living Room” has four ways to reduce the stress in your life and the rest of “The Living Room” hosts have an additional tip for viewers.
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The hormones your body produces during exercise are the same ones that are released into your system when you fall in love. Who wouldn’t want that? Need some suggestions on how to get those good feelings through stress-relieving activities? How about…
Riding a Bike
Being outdoors in the fresh air is an instant mood-booster. Riding a bike is low-impact, which is good for your joints. It also allows you to explore your surroundings and is an environmentally friendly means of transportation.
Taking a Boot Camp
For those who like a more intense workout, try out a boot camp. Typically, you’ll use a mix of gym equipment and body-weight movements to get a full-body workout. Surrounding yourself with others who are pushing themselves will motivate you to keep going. Getting that sweat on boosts serotonin, a natural antidepressant, in your brain.
Doing Tai Chi
If you prefer a slower approach to working out, tai chi may be for you. This slow-moving art, which dates all the way back to 16th century China, is ideal for those who don’t typically workout but want a stress-relieving activity. Some evidence has shown tai chi leads to improvements in people with diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis.
Visiting a Break Room
You know in movies where in a fit of rage, vases get thrown, glasses get smashed, and then the character feels less angry and stressed afterwards? Break rooms give you the real-life ability to smash objects and destroy a room. Also known as “rage rooms,” they’re popping up in cities all over the country.
Petting a Dog
Those feel good-hormones, oxytocin and serotonin, are instantly released by just petting a furry friend. Check out the adorable puppies in the clip above -- how could you not feel better just looking at those pooches? Petting a dog is mutually beneficial; dogs release those same calming chemicals we do when they are pet.
Looking for some more ways to reduce stress? We at DABL also suggest...
Yoga is a mind-body practice so you strengthen your muscles and your mind. Yoga focuses on breathing, and slowing down your breath will reduce cortisol levels. Meditation is often built in. There are so many varieties of yoga that anyone from a novice to a total yogi can find their ideal practice.
Talk to your funniest friend, watch a YouTube video, or laugh at some of DABL’s silliest hosts! No matter how you do it, laughing will reduce your stress levels.