America: home to apple pie, ball parks, amber waves of grain, and…stress. The National Institute of Mental Health says the United States is “now the most anxious nation in the world…[because]…more than 18 percent of adults suffer from an anxiety disorder in any given year.” Talk about a stressful statistic!
Never fear! Modere not only made online shopping for your daily essentials as easy as a click of a button (read: stay at home in your pajamas and get yourself a slice of that apple pie while your favorite products come to you), but we’ve also compiled a list of three stress-reducing techniques for you. Crank up Enya and read on:
Turn That Frown Upside Down—Cheese it. Just the physical act of smiling will help your body not feel as stressed. Even if you’re not feeling it, you may just trick your brain into calming down quicker. “Holding your face in a smile led to a quicker recovery of a normal heart rate after the stressful events compared to those who weren’t grinning. At some level, our brain can’t help but interpret our smiling as a sign that everything is OK,” claims Sian Beilock, Ph.D., a psychology professor at The University of Chicago.
Talk to yourself—Talking to yourself might sound like something that would happen if you let stress land you in a padded room, but there is something to be said for talking to yourself positively. If you were to talk to a stressed friend, you would inevitably use calming and positive comments. Do yourself a favor and say the same things to yourself when you’re stressed. By saying things like “I can do this,” or other affirming comments “it sends the same chemical messages to your brain as actual experiences do. Your body believes your self-talk.” So dish out those compliments to the handsome person in the mirror!
Take a Step Back—While we wouldn’t recommend burying yourself under your pillows and never coming back, it can help to give yourself a short break from whatever it is that is giving you angst. The American Psychological Association says, “When you give yourself permission to step away from [the stressor], you let yourself have time to do something else, which can help you have a new perspective… even just 20-minutes to take care of yourself is helpful.”
See, don’t you feel better already?
Modere is all about being out front, and not following the curve. We certainly don’t want you follow this over-stressed trend that’s taken over so much of America. So, practice these techniques and by the end of April—the official stress awareness month—you’ll be clicking your heels and singing Bob Marley. And, if you’re not, well…we also sell chocolate.