Have you ever felt like the world was driving you crazy? That you were so stressed out you just wanted to scream? Or, have your problems truly gotten you down? These days with so many potential pressures coming from so many different directions, it’s not unusual to face at least some degree of stress, anxiety or depression at some time. Yet, what are you doing to deal with these challenges .
A new study shows that 25% of all U.S. women are now taking a mental health drug. Some experts say that the stigma associated with needing mental health assistance isn’t as harsh as it as it was in decades past; therefore, the growing number of women willing to receive this type of medication. At the same time, there’s been a drop in those doing talk therapy. Therefore, it appears that these days more women prefer to take pills for their problems.
While in some cases pills and talk therapy can be very helpful, there are several other things we can do, by themselves or often in addition to these treatments that can help combat our stress and depression. Here are just some suggestions:
TAKE DEEP BREATHS: This might seem oh, too simple but, deep breathing really is one of the best ways to lower stress, especially when you need to quickly calm down When you breathe deeply it signals your brain to relax. In turn, the brain sends this message to your body. Try this: Sit or stand in a relaxed position. Slowly inhale through your nose, (but deep enough so that your abdomen expands) counting to five in your head. Let the air out from your mouth, mentally counting to eight as you exhale. Repeat several times.
TURN ON THE TUNES: A British study finds that listening to music for as little as 6 minutes can reduce stress by 61 percent. Listening to music that you like can actually change your state of mind. When we turn on the tunes, we tend to forget our surroundings and immerse ourselves in the sounds. The music also helps lower levels of adrenalin and increase serotonin, putting us in a more positive mood.
TAKE A WALK: Even a brief walk can make a bigger difference than you might imagine. According to California State University research a brisk, 15-minute walk can improve your mood and increase your energy for up to two hours. Even if the weather isn’t cooperating, you can walk around your office, or even around the rooms in your home.
Important reminder: Pay attention if you are experiencing stress / depression symptoms like: irritability; feelings of anger, guilt, worry, panic, sadness; headaches or backaches; lack of energy; sleeping too much or too little; eating too much or too little, etc. If these symptoms seem severe, interfere with your daily life, or last more than 2 weeks, talk to a doctor. And, for more stress-reducing ideas, visit: www.TheHappinessWebsite.com
Lauren Hudson is an Emmy Award winning TV journalist, Celebrity Interviewer, and noted Happiness Expert. She is also the founder of The International Happiness Network spanning all 7 continents.