When stress hits, it’s hard not to feel like you’re trying to claw yourself out of a hole... a very large hole made of sand. Imaginary, of course. But the panicked, overwhelming strain can be felt all the same—whether the source is work, your family, your relationship, or maybe even a combo.
You can't control the cause of your stress, but you can manage the symptoms, alleviate some of the grievances, and remedy the situation as quickly as possible. In fact, we'll help you out. We thumbed through research and took expert advice to bring you the best science-backed remedies to combat stress. Relief is on its way.
More than 50 percent of people live in urban areas, and by 2050 numbers are expected to rise to 70 percent, according to research from Stanford University. The problem is urbanization is associated with higher instances of mental illness. Nature can help, though. Participants who went on a 90-minute walk through a natural environment reported lower levels of rumination (repetitive negative thoughts) compared with those who walked through a cityscape, according to the study, which was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. Set aside time for your favorite adventures, like hiking or biking. Ari Novick, Ph.D., a therapist specializing in stress management adds: “If you like the activity, then you’ll be more inclined to do it more frequently, which will help ward off stress."