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10 simple ways to help relieve stress

It's been revealed New Zealand is the fourth worst in the world for unmanageable stress and the workplace is one of the main drivers.

In a recent Newshub interview, Beverley Main describes how she loved her job as a CEO but it was the one thing that pushed her to breaking point.

She says things reached boiling point in the last five years of her role.

"I'd be crying at my desk at home. If somebody talked to me or looked at me the wrong way I'd just be a flood of tears."

Ms Main has since resigned and is now enjoying life however this problem affects so many Kiwi's in New Zealand so here are 10 simple ways to hopefully help relieve stress...

1. Exercise

People who exercise regularly are less likely to experience anxiety. There are a few reasons behind this...

  • Exercise lowers your body's stress hormones
  • It improves sleep quality
  • Provides confidence in yourself which in turn promotes mental well-being.

2. Reduce your caffiene intake

Caffiene is a stimulant found in coffee, tea, chocolate and energy drinks. High doses of caffiene can increase stress & anxiety so consider cutting back.

3. Spend time with Family & Friends

Support from Family & Friends can help through stressful times. Just opening up and talking with your close circle can help you through tough times.

4. Laugh

Laughing is actually really good for your health and even though you might not feel like doing so we highly recommend you give it a go.

It brings oxygen into your body & organs plus stimulates & relieves your stress response.

So watch a funny TV program or spend time with close ones who can help bring out those laughs which in return will help make you feel better about your day.

5. Learn to say no

Being selective about what you take on and saying no to things that you don't have the time or capacity to take on will help manage your load.

6. Yoga

Studies prove that yoga can enhance your mood and help achieve stress reduction. It primarily does this by increasing your body and breath awareness.

7. Cuddle

Physical contact can help release oxytocin and lower cortisal which in turn lowers blood pressure and heart rate.

8. Listen to soothing music

Listening to soothing music can have a relaxing effect on your body.

The Breeze prides itself in playing easy listening music so why don't you flick us on, kick back and let us help you relax.  ;)

9. Spend time with your pet

If you've got a pet, then this is another perfect way to improve your mood by spending time with it. Interacting with pets releases oxytocin which is a brain chemical that promotes a positive mood.

10. Light a candle

A candle with a calming scent may help reduce stress and improve your mood. Calming scents include...

  • Lavender
  • Rose
  • Sandalwood
  • Ylang ylang
  • Orange