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de-stress-after-boston-marathon-tragedyReduce stress in your life with these tips.

With the events of the Boston Marathon unfolding across the nation, it is a good time to rememeber the power of exercise in stress reduction. These types of stressful events can leave us feeling drained and lethargic.  A simple deep breath, focused meditation, and even taking a walk can help to reduce the stress-induced high blood pressure, cortiol levels, and heart rate.  

Here are five things you can do to help reduce the life-threatening effects of such a stressful event that we've exeperienced with the Boston Marathon bombings.

Stress can wreak havoc on the body's immune system, circulatory and even brain function. Focusing at work on days like today may be difficult, but take a breath.

5 Tips for De-Stressing

1. Stand Up. Stand up, stretch and breathe. Stretch your arms overhead and practice simple body circles while reaching towards ceiling, sides and floor. 

2. Walk it out. Take a walk and look up instead of down at the pavement.

3. Bach or Beethoven. Listen to classical music. The tempo and rhythyms have been proven to help reduce blood pressure and heart rate.

4. Meditate. Practice a few minutes of mediation. Even closing your eyes and breathing deeply into the belly while you visualize a warm safe haven can help reduce stress.

5. Nap. Lie down and take a power cat nap for 10 minutes. Set a timer and try to relax and close your eyes.  

Of course, taking a few minutes to write down things you are grateful for or sending a friend an email telling them you are thinking abou them can work wonders for reducing stress as well.  

Things happen in our lives everyday- it's how we react to them that truly makes us who we are. Be kind to yourself and work to bring a smile to others.  

I wish peace and blessing to all those involved and their families.  

For more from Andrea Metcalf, a health lifestyle spokesperson and one of America's top fitness experts, click here.

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