American people are facing challenges and suffering from mental pressure amid the protests, demonstrations, and other social events. If you are feeling more stressed than ever recently, here are some done-at-home activities to ease anxiety, depression, and stress.
It has been proven by some scientific research that exercise brings you a good mood. That’s because when you exercise, the hormone endorphin, something that will make you “feel good,” is released. However, vigorous exercise doesn’t necessarily mean a great outcome. Sports like HIIT (high-intensity interval training) may result in inflammation and exhaustion, worsening your already fatigued mind and body.
Get enough sleep
Enough sleep helps your body to repair and refresh itself. Most adults need 7 to 9 hours a night for the best amount of sleep, although some people may need as few as 6 hours or as many as 10 hours of sleep each day.
Taking a nap during the day can also benefit your heart, improve your brain functions, and reduce the desire for snacks. There are several things you can do to have a high-quality sleep.
Set up a routine
Apart from sufficient hours of sleep, a regular sleeping schedule is also important. Develop good sleep habits by putting down your smartphone at least an hour before bedtime. Taking a shower, reading a book, listening to soothing music, or meditating are all good alternative pre-bedtime activities.
Lights, even as weak as the blue light of electronic devices, can disrupt your rest. Creating a dark environment can help you fall asleep quickly. You can use eyeshades and blackout curtains to keep the room dark, but remember to let natural light in during the daytime to regulate your circadian rhythm.
Avoid certain food and drink
Doctors say that consuming foods, especially stimulants such as nicotine or coffee after midafternoon is not recommended. If you have insomnia, you should control your intake of stimulant foods even more strictly.
Although some people may consider alcohol as a nice sleep aid, more common situations are that they wake up in the midnight and cannot fall asleep again.
All in all, stress can be hard to deal with, but you can go through the hard time if you keep a peaceful mind and protect yourself well.