We all have those days where it seems like there’s not enough time (or coffee) to do everything you need to do. Whether it’s finals, a hard day at work, or even just a particularly stressful day – knowing how to relieve some of your stress can be beneficial to your health, not to mention your sanity. Try some of these methods the next time you need to relax:
1. Take A Breath
If you start to feel the pressure, stop and take a deep breath. Breathing deeper brings more oxygen to your brain, which can help reduce tension and relieve some of that stress. It will also give you a moment to mentally take a step back from the situation.
2. Talk It Out
Call your best friend or someone you enjoy talking to. You can feel a lot better after talking about everything that has been bothering you. Sometimes the person you talk to can even give you helpful advice.
3. Go For A Run
Running can help clear your mind and give you time to yourself and away from any stress-inducing factor. In addition to being a stress reliever, it doubles up as some added exercise! The Endorphins your body produces during exercise will reduce stress, improve your sleep, and ward off anxiety. Make time to take a short jog or trip to the elliptical.
4. Think Positive
Make a list of things you’re grateful for. People who focus on the positives are less likely to be impacted by stress. Write down a list of things you’re grateful for and remember to focus on these things at times you are feeling down or overwhelmed.
Music can have a major impact on your feelings. Listening to happy and soothing music can help lower stress levels from evoking positive emotions. Put together a playlist of songs that make you feel happy and relaxed that you can play at any instance of stress.
How about having some chocolate? Who wouldn’t want to eat chocolate to throw their worries away? Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants, which are not just good for preventing heart disease, but also are great for minimizing stress.
Yesterday, I was walking across the street, getting pelted by the typical springtime Oregon rain and thinking about how many things I had to do. I got to the other side of the street and this random guy looks up, smiles at me, and says, “Don’t worry, smile! It’s not all bad! Stressful moments will always be there, but just remember that there is always something to be happy about and these moments will pass.
How do you relieve your stress?