Is city life stressing you? Here’s escape
All over the globe, city dwellers face more stress than their counterparts in small towns and villages. The intense competition, crowds, heavy traffic, pollution, higher cost of living and so on can be major sources of stress.
You will be surprised to know that studies reveal that city residents have a 21% greater risk for anxiety disorders, and a 39% greater chance of acquiring mood disorders. So how do you live in a city and stay stress-free? Here’s help.
Start your day with hot water
Believe it or not, this actually helps. At night, your body gets dehydrated, a glass of hot water when you wake up helps flush out the toxins. Stay hydrated throughout the day.
Visit a park
For eyes weary from the concrete jungle and using devices such as the mobile or computer, green spaces come as a big relief. They relax the mind and promote overall wellness. A walk in the park will rejuvenate you.
Deal with noise
Cities are usually noisy. If there are regular loud noises around you, you are bound to find it tough to relax. Try to identify the source of noise and try to get it reduced or stopped.
Change the way you breathe
Most of the time when we get stressed or anxious, we tend to breathe from the top third of the lungs. However, the key to bringing down this stress is to breathe from the diaphragm.
Focus on whatever you are doing
Stay in the present. If you are working, focus on work, if you are watching TV or playing a sport, focus on that. Multi-tasking may be touted as a virtue these days but it can increase your stress levels by many notches. It’s better to take up one thing at a time. You will be surprised to find that the quality of your life improves.