Your weekly dose of stress relief: Volume 16

By Doug Mattushek - 27 September 2019Views : 1102


In partnership with Health Grinder, SA Breaking News will be publishing weekly tips and tricks to help reduce your stress levels...

49. Don’t Keep Checking Your E-mail

Email is one of the most useful things created. It allows us to get and send messages to anyone in the world within seconds.

On the flip side however, its presence often ends up causing us to spend way too much time going through our inbox.

For some it also means logging in to check way too frequently. As a result, email turns into a stressor.

Laying off of your inbox or at least limiting the number of times you check it helps reduce the stress associated with it.

This discovery was observed by a study done at the University of British Columbia. During the study period, the psychologists instructed some participants to limit email checking to thrice a day for one week.

Other participants were free to check as many times as they did normally. The groups then switched roles the next week.

What the researchers learned was limiting the amount of time spent checking email reduced the psychological stress that came with it.


50. Unplug

Just like checking your email habitually increases your stress levels, always using your mobile phone carries the same consequences.

As far back as 2005, researchers at the University of Wisconson-Milwaukee, discovered that during a 2 year span, participants who constantly used their cell phones experienced more stress at work and at home.

They also felt more dissatisfied with family life.

That was then, when phones were text based and allowed only calls and texting.

Today, smartphones come with internet connectivity, allowing users to check email, chat, surf the web and stream video as well. This makes them take up even more of our time.

Frequent use and reliance on mobile phones are now considered a source of chronic stress.

Swedish researchers reported that in young adults between the ages of 20 and 24 years, high frequency mobile phone use was linked to increased stress and disturbances in sleeping patterns, in both men and women.

In men, it took an even deeper toll exhibiting symptoms of depression.


51. Stand Up and Get a Good Stretch

Most of us spend hours behind a desk. Every now and then, just stand up and stretch.

As simple as it may sound, science shows that it not only helps fight poor posture but also stress, by relieving tension in our muscles.

Research by the University of Kentucky reveals that in 2 studies done, participants who engaged in simple stretching exercises got similar stress relieving results to those who performed relaxation techniques.

The stretching groups’ benefits included reduced muscle tension, lower diastolic blood pressure and heart rate, as well as less Electromyography (EMG) activity, which measures the electrical activity in our skeletal muscles, in the areas they stretched.