FEELING stressed is a normal part of life.
But if it gets out of control you can suffer both mental and physical symptoms.
While it's easy enough for people to say 'calm down' or 'take time to relax', this isn't always possible.
Now one TikTok doctor has revealed how you can banish stress within minutes.
Dr Karan Rajan explained that you can reduce feelings of both stress and anxiety by using your eyes.
He said it's important to remember that your eyes aren't connected to the brain, and that they are in fact the brain.
"During embryonic development the eyes are actually part of the fore brain and in the first trimester they go outside the skull".
Dr Rajan said that if you're sat at home scrolling through your phone or looking at a screen at work then you have focal vision.
"The field of vision narrows and you're focusing down on something and this activates the sympathetic nervous system or the stress response", he said.
He explained that you can use this visual field to control your stress responses.
He said that if we switch our focal vision to panoramic vision and engage our peripheral vision, such as by looking up at the sky, this can reduce stress.
Explaining the logic behind this, he said that panoramic and peripheral vision activates the parasympathetic nervous system – the rest and digest response – which decreases arousal.
Dr Karan finished the video by suggesting taking a few minutes every day to “focus on un-focusing” to help find relaxation.
In another video, he revealed how you can relieve feelings of stress when you might not be able to take yourself out of a situation, such as if you're at work, of if you're having a conversation.
He said you can still function in a stressful situation if in you're mind, you focus on breathing out.
"When you consciously focus on long, slow exhales breathing out, then this can quieten down the activity of the sympathetic nervous system.
"In your mind try and aim for the exhale to be twice as long as the inhale."
Mental symptoms can often include difficulty concentrating, feeling overwhelmed and forgetful and constantly worrying.
If you're struggling with stress then the NHS says you should focus on breathing exercises, use time management skills and consider support where necessary.
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