3 Simple Ways to Reduce Stress

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3 Simple Ways to Reduce Stress


March 18, 2020

By Riikka Lamminen, Content Manager, Firstbeat

Stress is not just a vague
feeling of being overwhelmed, anxious or exhausted. It’s a physiological
phenomenon that can be observed and measured. When you are under physical,
mental or emotional stress, your body releases a complex mix of hormones and
chemicals. This release can cause several reactions, such as increased blood
pressure, heart rate and muscle tension. By analyzing beat-to-beat changes in your heart rate, Firstbeat and Garmin make it possible to
monitor your all-day stress and recovery.

Good
stress, bad stress

It’s important to keep in mind
that stress is not necessarily a bad thing. Positive stress helps you focus on
work and accomplish tasks. High stress levels may also indicate that there is
something exciting and thrilling going on in your life. Negative stress causes
anxiety and discomfort. It can make you feel powerless and decreases your
performance.

Both types of stress are unavoidable parts of
life
. The goal is not to eliminate
stress but to manage it and find the balance between
stress and recovery.

You don’t always need long
mindfulness exercises or a yoga retreat to relieve stress. You can manage your
stress with these three simple tips:

1. Keep fit.

The way exercise reduces stress
is slightly paradoxical. When you exercise, your sympathetic activity increases
and parasympathetic decreases, which leads to the release of stress hormones
and other physiological…

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