While some studies have shown that short bursts of stress can be good for a person, a new study of Ohio State University researchers found that dealing with persistent, long-term stress can change human genes, resulting in an increase in inflammation that can bring on a variety of health problems.
Learning how to cope properly can go a long way, but here are some of the best ways to de-stress right now:
Get some fresh air
Research shows that the vitamin D boost from sunlight may increase a person’s levels of feel-good serotonin. Getting some fresh air redirects someone’s attention from worries, says health educator Kathleen Hall.
A study from the University of California indicates that a person’s body actually produces less of the stress hormone cortisol when looking for a quiet space and transporting oneself to a happy place for a few minutes.
Several studies have revealed the positive effects of expressing gratitude. While analyzing brain activity, gratefulness activated the brain parts linked with dopamine, one of the feel-good neurotransmitters.