Easy Ways to Relax and Relieve Stress and Anxiety
By Derek Lotts
Lately, we all seem to be feeling extra stressed. No matter what it is that triggers you (the pressure at work, tabulations in the family or just the stress of existence) prolonged stress and anxiety can really take a toll on your health. So what can you do every day in order to battle these negative feelings?
Take a walk
Physical activity is one of the easiest and healthiest ways to relieve stress and battle anxiety. Whenever you feel like you’re close to your breaking point, take a short walk that will allow you to change the scenery and fill your brain with fresh oxygen and blood. While you can always take a brisk circle around the office and look super busy, it’s best if you can get out and hit your local park to rejuvenate both your body and mind. If you’re a busy bee, make sure to schedule these physical activities so you can always keep yourself healthy and stable.
Did you use to draw, paint and build something all the time when you were little? Kids find it very easy to be creative, but adults usually struggle with artwork. This phenomenon comes with age, but it’s never too late to pick up art again. No matter if you’re good or not good with pencils or paint, you can always just let your mind wander and your arms create—it’s a great way to dissociate for a few minutes and forget about anything that might be worrying you. Or you can consider getting an adult coloring book if you’re truly horrible in any other form of art than filling in shapes.
We all know the power of a good belly laugh. This activity allows us to feel better mentally by lowering the stress hormone cortisol and boosting the production of endorphins, which will improve mood. So, when you feel overwhelmed, do yourself a favor, sit down and play your fave sitcom or funny YouTube compilation video. This way, you’ll not only relax physically but also mentally!
Spend time with friends
When battling stress and anxiety, it’s quite useful to have friends or family on your side. Good social support will make you feel like you belong and have worth to others, both of which can help during hard times. Women particularly benefit from spending time with friends and family. For them, social activities help the production of oxytocin, natural stress-relieving hormone, which can make people feel happy and relaxed. However, both sexes benefit from friendships and good social relations.
Being intimate with your partner is a great way to improve your mood and relieve stress. So, make sure to set some time aside to cuddle with your loved one, share a few loving words and steal a few kisses. If you’re a sexual being, you can initiate something more than kissing. No matter if you’re single or in a relationship, there are practical adult toys to help you make frisky time more fun. Keep an open mind and you’ll find a lot of pleasure that will help you forget all about your stress and anxiety.
Meditation is a great stress-relief technique that can have quick results when it comes to managing stress and anxiety. And this relaxing activity is very practical since you can do it practically anywhere and anytime. In order to help your focus, you can develop a mantra to repeat in order to improve breathing and mindfulness. While it can be a little hard for beginners, after you get used to the process of clearing your mind and relaxing your body, you will become a big fan of meditation.
Progressive muscle relaxation
This amazing technique is great for relaxing when you feel tense and sore. During progressive muscle relaxationexercise, you concentrate on relaxing all the muscles in your body, one by one or group by group. Start by tightening and relaxing muscles in your forehead and move down until you reach your toes. By the end of this exercise, you will feel a wave of relaxation flowing over your body. In the beginning, it might be hard to locate tensions, but you will quickly learn how to recognize it and banish it effectively.
Reduce caffeine intake
We know that coffee is life, but if you often feel jittery and anxious, it might be smart to reduce your caffeine intake. While coffee might be healthy in small doses, it’s simply not good for everyone. All people are different and have a different caffeine sensitivity, so if you notice it’s affecting you negatively, do cut back. In general, three or four smaller cups per day are considered to be a moderate amount of coffee, but be sure to experiment and find your own dose.
No matter what the source of your anxiety and stress is, these simple tricks will help you control and even banish these negative feelings from your life. So, keep them in mind and try to practice them any time you feel overwhelmed and tense.
Derek Lotts is a Sydney based writer and researcher, a regular contributor at Smooth Decorator blog. He writes about décor, gardening, recycling, ecology and business. He thinks all of these topics fall under the self-improvement category. He believes in the power of sharing ideas and communicating via the internet to achieve betterment.