15 Ways to Relieve Stress
We all get worked up at times, and honestly it’s okay. You should block an hour in your calendar and just relax. Here are some tips to relieve your stress:
Exercising releases serotonin and dopamine, the hormones that make you feel calm and happy. Walking, stretching, dancing can make your muscles as well as mind feel great.
- Spend time with a furry friend
Playing with your furry friends definitely increases levels of stress reducing hormone oxytocin. They also decrease the production of the stress hormone cortisol. This will definitely make you feel much better.
- Tune into music
Music is a great way to calm you down. Make a playlist of all your favourite songs that cheer you up. Listen to it whenever you’re feeling low.
- Smell a cuppa
Yes! You read that right. Take a big sniff of your morning coffee or tea before you drink it. The aroma of the drinks can be enough to help reduce your stress levels.
- Spend time in a garden
Numerous studies have shown that being around our green friends has man physical and mental health benefits. They lead to slowing heart rates, improving memory and reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression.
- Complete a brainteaser
An empty mind is a devil’s workshop. Doing anything else is like distracting your mind. Solve a puzzle, crossword or Sudoku. This will shift your focus to brain-teasing activities and can take your mind off your worries.
- Sing or dance
Whether you have a solo singing session in your bed room or join a dance class, singing or dancing (or both!) to music you enjoy is a good way to unwind and boost your mood.
- Salute the sun
Find a sunny spot, close your eyes and feel the sun on your face. Sunlight triggers the release of hormones. Exposure to sunlight releases a hormone called serotonin which boosts mood and helps a person feel calm. Take slow deep breaths. Sit calmly in the sun for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Be grateful
Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. Gratitude changes everything. Write down all the things in life that you’re grateful for. Start doing this each day. It can help keep you mind focused on all the good things so that you have a better perspective when you face a difficulty.
- Look at photos of events that you remember fondly
Yes, take that dust off that old photo album to flick through or go through your phone gallery. Looking at old photos and remembering all the joyful memories will surely cheer you up. If you can, call the person you have these memories with so that you’ll be able to reminisce.
- Try acupressure
Acupressure is a self-massage therapy that helps to balance your body’s circulation of fluids and energies. In case you’re feeling overwhelmed and need immediate relief, use your thumb and index finger of your right hand to massage the soft area between the thumb and index finger of your left hand. After a couple of minutes, switch and then repeat.
- Get wet
Having a warm shower or taking a dip in the pool can help you to feel refreshed and relaxed. This has an extreme calming effect on your body.
- Meditate or even just consciously breathe
Meditation is not as tough as it sounds. It is simple and really effective once you do it. Forget about clearing your mind and start with focusing on your breathing. Slow breathing has calming effects on the central nervous and cardiovascular systems.
- Create something
Does any activity that helps you enhance your creative flair. You can paint, draw, write, bake or anything out of the box.
- Take a nap
Sometimes when you’re feeling stressed, all you need the most is some sleep. If you are still thinking when you are in bed, put on some calming tunes. Then slowly concentrate on all your body parts. You should soon be able to sleep like a baby.