Stress is one of the inevitable things in life in the 21st century, due to the fact that we are constantly on the go, having to be at work by a specific time, never having a enough hours in the day to get everything done, and our lives are more controlled by electronics and social media than anything else. So, it is nice to take a breather, to step back and reduce the stress that has begun to consume you. Thankfully, there are many different types of activities that you can do to help reduce stress, now keep in mind, these are in no particular order.
Read a good book – Who doesn’t love a good book? I certainly enjoy reading a book when my stress levels are high. When you grab a book, the stress that has accumulated throughout your body and mind have started to subside. Your imagination is able to run rampant and while that happens, the stress melts away.
Watch your favorite movie – You know that favorite movie that you love so much? Grab it and put it into your DVD player, sink into your couch or bed, and just relax. When you watch something that you thoroughly enjoy, your body relaxes, your mind starts to soothe itself, and the stress has faded away because you have been enjoying yourself and the movie.
Aromatherapy – Burning incense or candles are always one of the best things to do. The smell from the object releases a trigger that calms down your entire system and helps reduce the stress. Choose your favorite scents, do you enjoy a light lavender or do you enjoy an earthy Frankincense? Whatever you enjoy, use that and let it help relieve you from your worries.
Tea or Coffee – Pretty much everyone on this planet enjoys either a nice hot mug of tea or coffee. I prefer tea, and drink it every other day with breakfast before I start my day. Enjoying a mug of hot tea or coffee relaxes every inch of your body from the inside to the outside. So while you sit down, just enjoy a nice hot mug of your favorite tea or coffee flavor, there many to choose from.
Exercise – Any form of exercise helps reduce the stress, due to the fact that your mind is trying to focus on the exercise that you are doing, and also because exercise reduces the hormones that your body is excreting. These hormones are cortisol and adrenaline, when the body is high on these two, it makes the mind and body hard to relax. So when you do any form of exercise, those levels are lowered and you are able to relax.
Spend time with an animal – For the most part, almost all households have a little four legged child running around. When you spend time with your four legged child (dogs, cats, rabbits, etc. ) your stress levels are reduce almost immediately, this is due to the fact that animals are gifted with a sensation of knowing when something is wrong and they will do anything and everything to make you feel better. For an example, when you are stressed out to the max or sick, your dog is going to come over to you and curl up next to you (if your dog thinks they can sit on you, they will curl up on your lap or just lay all over you in general). Animals are absolutely, without a doubt, the best stress relievers out there on this planet. Cuddle with your animals, pet them, just spend time with them; they will reduce your stress levels quickly.
Yoga or Pilates – Although this does fall under the category of exercise, doing either yoga or Pilates is highly beneficial to you and your overall health. For example, stretching and focusing on the poses, all the while listening to some soothe melodies will relieve the stress from your body and you will have energy for the day. As a certified Pilates instructor I highly recommend either one of them, because they help you in every aspect from mentally to physically to emotionally.
Eat dark chocolate – Who doesn’t love chocolate, especially dark chocolate? Personally, I already love dark chocolate and thoroughly enjoy it a couple times a week. Dark chocolate is actually a lot healthier than milk chocolate and white chocolate, due to the fact that it has more of its natural essentials that you need and still has more of the required vitamins that you need in your system. Dark chocolate is also a great piece of food that helps reduce stress and both adrenaline and cortisol levels.
Surround yourself with nature sounds – You can either go outside and sit by the pond at the park while listening to the birds flutter about, or you can sit or lay down on the couch while listening to a CD of nature melodies. The sounds from nature have always had a calming effect on everyone, and they immediately destroy the stress and bring a serene feeling to you not only on the inside of your mind, body, and soul; but also to your physical appearance as well.
Chat with a friend who listens – Sometimes the best way to relieve the stress is to vent and to seek advice at the same time. Choosing a friend who is really good at listening and giving advice is one of the best things in the world, because they will be able to help you sort out problems you may encountering and give you the advice that you need.
These are just a few ways to manage your stress, help keep you from going insane, and having a meltdown. It truly is inevitable, life can be quite stressful sometimes; thankfully there are some great ways to reduce the stress and to create a healthier environment for ourselves and for those around us in the process.