REACH Newsletter

Reduce Stress & Improve Happiness

Stress

Of course we know that stress can affect our health. Stress activates the fight-or-flight response which will dump stress hormones throughout our body. Those hormones will then overwhelm our pre-frontal cortex (which is the part of our brain that helps make our rational choices). Its easy to become stressed and not think or worry about our day-to-day life situations. Below will be a few lifestyle changes we can do to reduce stress and improve happiness:

Send Fewer Texts, Give More Hugs

We are living in a society where technology is our way of communication. Talking face-to-face and a nice long hug releases oxytocin (our love hormone), which will help our brain reduce stress and ultimately create happiness.

Focus on Gratitude

It may be hard to focus on what you’re grateful for when you’re feeling frustrated and stressed out but gratitude boosts the production of dopamine and serotonin in our brains, which contributes to our feelings of happiness. Consider keeping a gratitude journal each day, and write down three things you’re grateful for.

Practice Mindfulness

Incorporating mindfulness into your daily routine does not have to be time-consuming. Making time for quiet each day (10-15 minutes) for focused breathing, and for time to yourself is ideal. There are phone apps that can help you get started, like "Calm, Stop, Breathe, and Think", and "Headspace".