“Park yourself in a stress-free zone.”
The # 1 feeling that we all will experience at certain times in our lives.
So what is stress?
It’s a state of mental pressure or tension due to demanding circumstances.
Stress happens when we feel overwhelmed by work, or when we foresee an issue that seems a bit out of our control.
See our mind is like a never-stop-working machine that’s always assessing and when we ponder upon the unknown we are always at the risk of causing unnecessary stress.
That’s why I am dedicating this article to explore not one but seven ways that you can use and implement today in order to get a better handle on your stress 🙂
7 Surprising Ways to Relieve Stress
- Take 3 Consecutive Deep Breaths
Ask yourself “What is the most basic element we need to ensure we stay alive” the answer is very simple its oxygen”. So whenever stressed, flood your system with FRESH O2. Start by concentrating on your breath first. Then start breathing slowly and try to block the thoughts of anything else from your mind. Doctors believe that a normal human being cannot breathe deeply and be stressed at the same time. There are various techniques for slow breathing, most famous one is the 4-7-8 breathing technique.
Not only the breathing exercise relieves stress but it brings greater contentment.
- Remember a Good Time
A memory of a good holiday spent with family would easily bring a smile on your face. A smile is your free stress-killer. Whenever feeling stressed, sit back and think about a nice trip you took in the past, engage your mind with the thought. Try to remember all the small details. Visualize the smiles on your loved ones and remember all the memories that you have stored in your long-term memory.
A good time does not always have to be a holiday. A game you played or a time spent on a hobby which you are passionate about also relieves stress. This is a good time to actually write down all the hobbies that you enjoy and use them whenever feeling stressed for an immediate relief.
- Have a Tasty Chocolate
Ahhhh Chocolate! My favorite and sinfully delicious guilty pleasure. Having a small portion of chocolate will help calm your nerves and relieve stress to a great level. Try to stick with Dark Chocolate because dark chocolate contains serotonin and precursors to serotonin. And that may increase your serotonin levels, which can be beneficial in improving your mood. Remember, Moderation is key!
Having a small portion of chocolate will help calm your nerves and relieve stress to a great level. Try to stick with Dark Chocolate because dark chocolate contains serotonin and precursors to serotonin. And that may increase your serotonin levels, which can be beneficial in improving your mood. ALWAYS remember, Moderation is key!
- Drink Lemon or Orange Juice
Vitamin C is used to repair tissues in the human body. When drinking Lemon or orange juices you ensure having a healthy dose of vitamin C. Stress decrease the blood flow which can lead to tissue damage. So, by drinking orange or lemon juice you help repair the damage that stresses causes.
- Talk to a Friends
When we are experiencing a stressful situation, we mostly feel secluded and alone.
So it’s highly important to connect with people that we trust when we are going through a rough patch.
Seek friends who are calm and confident that can help you face whatever is stressing you or, at least, provide you with some advice and guidance.
Don’t be afraid to ask a friend and talk it through with him or her. If you are not able to meet a friend face to face, then a simple conversation on the phone will also suffice.
- Go For a Walk
This is my go-to method to relieve stress! Going out and spending time with mother nature. There is no wrong time to go on a quick walk just to step away from whatever is stressing you. You see, nature has the needed positive energy that can heal the mind and soothes the soul.
Tip: when out on your walk, indulge your senses with the smells, sounds, colors and the variety of what Mother Nature has to offer from trees to flowers, to rivers and more.
If you don’t have instant access to nature or a close-by park, then simply do a quick YouTube search for nature sounds – I guarantee you will come across hundreds if not thousands of videos with sounds of nature that can be just what you need to help you relax and unwind. Here’s my favorite YouTube Nature Sound – Not just my favorite but 23 Million other listeners agree with that 🙂
- Go to Bed Early
The majority of stressed people spend much of their valuable night time awake and pondering.
For a change go to bed early and try to stop your mind from thinking.
Maintaining a regular sleeping schedule, not only will relieve stress but also will help you stay sharp and clear when you are actually awake and working.
Avoid caffeine from tea or coffee or other drinks such as coke or other soda pops before bedtime. Ideally, caffeine should be taken at least 5 hours before going to sleep.
I hope you enjoyed these 7 ways to relieve stress.
Now, please let me know which one of these 7 ways you already use and what other ways do you use to relieve stress?
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