858ef097d54b2d6f818158c6a408bc37db3214c4_fotolia_47704019_subscription_monthly_mStress can lead to serious health issues – like heart disease, obesity and diabetes – yet many of us find it hard to avoid. We blame external sources like work, our spouses, our children or mortgage for our stress, so we look for ways to fix external issues.

Despite your best efforts, you may find it impossible to ever truly correct the external world around you.
To reduce stress it’s important to accept that there are some things out of your control. That things may always be just a little bit hectic, and that’s okay.

In a recent article published by the Greatist, they listed scientifically-backed ways to reduce stress. Try these 5 methods for stress reduction today:

1. Progressive Relaxation
Progressive relaxation is the idea of relaxing the entire body from your fingers to your toes. Tense and then release each muscle group in the body. Researchers believe that once the body is relaxed the mind will follow.

2. Light Yoga
By now we’re sure you’ve heard all about the many benefits of yoga, but it’s not just mumbo jumbo. The combination of deep breathing techniques and poses makes yoga work to reduce stress. Yoga forces you to stretch and use your muscles in ways you don’t normally. It also releases endorphins, and can increase your energy.

3. Meditation
Work related stress can be addressed by the mental silence required by meditation. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that benefits both your emotional well-being and your overall health.

4. Enjoy Scents Like Lavender
Studies suggest aromatherapy can be a good way to relieve stress. Whether you use it in your home, or during a massage, aromatherapy can help you relax from a stressful day. Specific scents like lavender have been consistently shown to reduce stress levels, according to a study in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. Stress levels were significantly lower when patients received the aroma therapy treatment compared to when they received the placebo.

5. Keep a Journal
Writing in a journal can help you reflect and meditate. A gratitude journal can help you put things into perspective, and even make you happier, “Happiness is wanting what you have.” A 2010 study took a look at stress levels in college students. It found that many turned to journaling immediately following times of emotional hardship.

Too much stress can lead to serious health issues. Don’t wait to reduce your stress, visit Dayton Dandes Medical Center for integrative therapies and services to reduce stress now. Our trained medical professionals work with you to provide you with a plan for stress reduction. Achieve better mental health. Schedule your appointment today.

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