Stress. The most widely used word today.
Everybody seems to be suffering from stress. From morning to night. At home, at work, at college, anywhere and everywhere. We go back to our stress situations again without actually clearing out the already existent stress, which is wrong.
It is very important to clear out the stress from your system as soon as it starts building. Adding more to the current stress can be very dangerous and overcoming it may not be in our hands. Excess stress makes us behave unlike ourselves. Not only is it bad for others, it is very unhealthy for us, mentally and physically.
Below I have ten rough ways we can choose to de-stress ourselves. As soon as we feel the beginning of a stress build we must act. The earlier we do, the easier it is for us to de-stress.
(1) Try to sleep it out.
Now, trying to get some good sleep is going to be very difficult in a stress situation. Especially since all thoughts would keep coming back to you obstructing your sleep. But if at all you are able to,it will clear your mind of tremendous pressure.
Some form of exercise is always a miracle. If you are used to some routine exercise, just indulge in a hardcore session and your stress would break out with your sweat. Else if you are not an exercise person, you must go for a walk or a jog, whichever you are able do preferably where there are some trees or there’s the ocean/lake/river view. Not only are they pleasant views, they are spaces with good air that will help you greatly.
(3) A bath
A nice warm bath or cold bath, depending on the individual would do wonders. Either lie in the tub and just chill and meditate or stand under the shower and let all your stress wash away.
(4) Go for a swim
It is said that swimming stimulates the brain chemicals for a mood boost. The endorphins released as a result helps bring down the stress and anxiety any individual is facing.
Massages are one of the most effective stress relievers. Personally speaking, I love my mother’s head oil massages! Massages are proven to reduce cortisol (the stress hormone) and increase the levels of serotonin and dopamine, otherwise known as your happy hormones. Get a professional massage to loosen those muscles and drown away the stress. At least, ask your partner for a head or shoulder massage, it would do wonders!
(6) Pleasant fragrances
Awakening your smell senses can be very effective. Each person has a different smell inclination. Know it and remember it and always keep it accessible for a stressed day. A personal suggestion are essential oils like lavender oil, eucalyptus oil, frankincense, ylang-ylang etc. Aromatherapy is a proven science and has many such scents that can wipe away the stress. A personal favorite are auyrvedic soaps , I love the earthy and clayey smell they possess, one whiff and it takes me to a calm place. It need not be true for all.
Coloring, painting, sketching, sculpturing, knitting, the list is endless. There are so many kinds and types of art one can engage in. Art is very therapeutic. You don’t need to be a great artist for it to do it effect on you. I’m not a very artistic person but coloring is my stress killer. Coloring gives me so much joy and keep my mind clear.
For some people, some calm and soothing music will work wonderfully to get them to calm down. Especially some instrumental music would be great.
(9) Beach or mountain top
To be one with nature can be the most relaxing thing to do. That’s why going for a walk is so effective and suggested. Going to a beach, walking on the sand with your bare feet or sitting and watching the waves gush to and forth and just being there in that moment. Similarly if you could go to a mountain top and just enjoy that wonderful view.
(10)Meditation or Yoga
Both meditation and yoga are a more continuous, daily basis thing that you must do to have good results. Just like exercise. If you make it a part of your routine you are sure to feel energized and positive. Your thoughts will obtain a clarity and your body will surely follow your mind.
Our mind is our source to a healthy body. Prayer, Exercise & Healthy eating habits will help us build a healthy mind and in effect us to be stress free.