Our day is usually spent with trying to complete our chores, meeting those deadlines, achieving our goals, getting things sorted and if there is any time left, we add a list of other things we can do. With umpteen number of activities on our mind, we tend to get stressed out eventually. We have for you 10 ways that can help ease out your stress if not for erasing them completely.
Listen to music
Listening to music that uplifts your mood can have a positive effect on your brain and body. It can lower your blood pressure and reduce stress. Sounds of nature like the wind rustling the trees and birds singing are a few of them.
Call a friend
Take a break and call up a friend and discuss the issues that may be causing the stress. Good relationships with friends and loved ones are important for a healthy lifestyle especially when you’re under stress.
Talk yourself through it
The next best thing to discussing with a friend is engaging in talking to yourself. Seems crazy, we know, but works wonders. Just tell yourself why you’re stressed out, what you have to do to complete the task at hand and most importantly, that all will be okay!
Stress levels and a proper diet are closely related. Fruits and vegetables are always good, and fish with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce the symptoms of stress.
Laugh it off
Laughter releases endorphins that improve your mood and decrease levels of the stress-causing hormones. So keep cracking those jokes and keeping laughing!
Drink Green Tea
It has less caffeine than coffee and contains healthy antioxidants and amino acid L-thearine which improves the brain function and has a soothing effect on the nervous system.
The concept of “being mindful” is a large part of meditative and somatic approaches to mental health. It not only soothes your senses but also keeps you focussed. So practice that!
A quick stroll around the office or simply standing up to stretch during a break at work can bring immediate relief during a stressful situation. It is believed that exercise affects a neurotransmitter that has an anti-depressant effect in your brain while helping to decrease muscle tension.
Do not watch the TV before going to bed. Dim the lights and give yourself some time to relax before going to bed. It may be the most effective stress-buster.
The advice “take a deep breath” holds true when it comes to being stressed. Sit up on your chair with feet placed flat on the ground and hands resting on your knees, take a deep breath and exhale slowly. Continue this process for 3 to 5 minutes and experience the relaxation it brings to you. Breathing mindfully can modify and accelerate the body’s self-regulating physiological and bio-energetic mechanisms.
So, go on and try these out and tell us about how well they worked for you!