Everybody gets stressed out at one time or another. Our modern day busy lifestyle makes sure of that. Some people take stress as a normal thing that we all just have to deal with. But the truth is, we should not just learn to cope or live with stress. We should learn to eliminate it as much as we can because staying in that state can lead to many other complications.
There are many good de-stress methods out there that you can try. Here are 20 scientifically-backed up ways to do just that.
1. Do Breathing Exercises
When we are upset, under pressure, worried or angry our breathing patterns change. We experience shortness of breath and tightening of the muscles. This can greatly reduce the amount of oxygen that is delivered to the brain and can affect your body functions. Breathing deeply or doing breathing exercises when you feel stressed can help restore proper amounts of oxygen to the brain and will help calm you down.
2. Do Muscle Relaxation Techniques
As I mentioned earlier, stress can cause your muscles to be tense and because of this, you may experience different kinds of stress related pain and discomfort. Do some muscle relaxation techniques on the areas where you feel tense. A gentle rubbing motion can do wonders on a tensed area. You may also use a foam roller to relieve tensed muscles.
3. Take A Walk
Sitting down or being immobile for many hours is unhealthy and can cause severe strain physically and mentally. Start your blood pumping again by taking short brisk walks. A ten minute stroll can do wonders to your mood.
4. Go to Your Happy Place
When things in the real world get too stressful, take a short while to close your eyes and visualize something nice. Go to your happy place in your mind and think of things that make you smile. Your imagination can help improve your mood more than you think.
5. Turn Off Your Phone
In times when you feel the world is closing in on you, simply detach yourself from it by turning off your phone.
6. Step Away from the Computer
If it is you work that is causing you stress, then take time away from your screen and look elsewhere. Allow your thoughts to wander off elsewhere for a moment until you feel more relaxed.
7. Eliminate Hunger
Many people eat their stress away. This stress eating is actually effective because eating can make you feel good. But be sure to be mindful of what you eat. Too much junk food can cause more stress than it can remove.
8. Go Green
The color green is scientifically proven to be effective in relaxing the eyes. Stress manifests easily on the eyes, so when they feel strained, stare at a tree outside your window or better yet, get a beautiful plant for your office or home that you can stare at.
9. Get intimate
Touch has a power to heal. When you feel tired and drained, go hug or kiss someone you care about. Scientific tests have proven that a twenty second hug allows the brain to release happy hormones that help us relax.
10. Naam Yoga Hand Trick
Learn the Naam Yoga Hand trick. It is said to help you relax through spiritual connections. But as science explains it, the method actually works with exercising brain functions with hand activity.
11. Eat Candy
Sugar has been known to give you some energy boost and thus can also bring you a slight improvement in your mood. Eat one candy when you feel stressed, just to raise your blood sugar level a bit to help cheer you up.
12. Music Therapy
Music is scientifically proven to affect a person’s mood and over-all physical performance. Improve your mood by listening to some soothing music or your favorite tunes that make you want to dance.
13. Surf the Web
One way to ease stress is to surf the web. With the right choices, the internet can be your ticket to an effective de-stress experience. Visit websites that feature things that you enjoy. Interact with friends on social media. Just make sure you do not over-do it.
The saying laughter is the best medicine is not just a quote. It is actually true. Laughter is known to lower blood pressure and normalize body functions.
15. Eat high potassium Food
When you are stressed out, your body is telling you that it needs something to improve its state. To manage stress caused by adrenal fatigue, you should eat high-potassium food like asparagus, banana, potato and dried fruits. Potassium is known to relieve muscle tension and thus helps relieve stress.
16. Chew Something
When we are stressed out, we tend to grind or clench our teeth. To prevent this habit, try chewing something that will help relax your jaw. Gum or gummy bears can do the trick.
17. Visit a Good Friend
We all need the support of family or friends especially when we feel down and tired. When you feel depressed and alone, go visit a good friend. It should be someone who makes you feel good about yourself and is willing to listen to your woes.
In times when we cannot verbalize what we want to say, singing it out is said to be a good outlet that will allow you to express yourself in a more positive way.
19. Do Some Arts & Crafts
When your mind is too tired to think, let your fingers get busy. Pick a project you can work on. Make it something you truly enjoy. Psychologists say that having a hobby is a good way to de-stress.
Meditation is a method used by the religious and psychologists alike. Meditation helps you stay in control of your thoughts and emotions. Taking time to do so will help relieve stress and anxiety.