Easy Ways To Relieve Stress
*Physical symptoms of stress include:
- Fatigue (51%);
- Headache (44%);
- Upset Stomach (34%);
- Muscle Tension (30%);
- Change in Appetite (23%);
- Teeth Grinding (17%);
- Change in Sex Drive (15%);
- Feeling Dizzy (13%).
The world today can be overwhelming. Deadlines, reports, projects, and tight schedules add pressure to our daily lives. With smartphones we never truly clock out. Weekends and 40 hour work weeks are a thing of the past for those trying to get ahead. The pressure builds and can reach unhealthy levels.
Those not working may be stressed about their situation. Even our home life can be stressful, not to mention the world outside of our home. Turning on the news in the evening can be quite unnerving.
My cousin recently moved to Zanzibar with her two small children to be with their father. She sends updates via email about her new experiences. I don’t think this is something that I would want to do but I commend her nonetheless. The much simpler lifestyle she explains does seem appealing at times. I love the technology and lifestyle of America too much to ever leave it completely, however sometimes I think she has it right. I think we can all benefit from unplugging from time to time.
I make sure to do certain things everyday that I think keep me sane. As a high strung person it is crucial I find a way to unwind. I think we can all find our own ways to relax. Here are some examples:
Get a Dog – Getting a dog can be highly beneficial for both owner and pet. A puppy can be a lot of work, but the rewards are plentiful. Dogs yearn for their owner’s attention, and it’s returned with unyielding loyalty. Walking your dog has health benefits as well. It’s much easier to get off the couch and take your dog for a walk in the park or trails than it is to go by yourself. Playing frisbee or fetch with your dog can be a great way to get outside and relax.
Start a new hobby– I've never been much of a traditional hobby person (think model airplanes or ham radios), but new hobby is a great way to bring out your creative side. Start a journal, It can be amazing what's waiting to come out. I was never much of a writer, but I found this site and now it's my hobby. Writing not for you? Try fishing or camping, if your not a big outdoors fan try pottery, photography, drawing, or even yoga.
Drink! – Water of course. Studies have shown hydrated organs function better. Being dehydrated, your organs don’t function as well causing stress on your body. Makes sense, if you’re not a fan of drinking water, start small, adding a glass here and there throughout the day.
Play Sports – Move around, physical activity is a great way to relieve stress. I play basketball twice a week and it’s exactly what I need. I may not be able to jump or run as well as I could at 20 but just getting out there and running around I feel great afterwards. I also like to play tennis in the summer and ride my bike when I have the chance. There are many benefits to being active but for me it has a calming effect afterwards and I feel recharged.
Walk – If sports aren't your thing, try walking or jogging. As I stated before, walking your dog can be highly beneficial in relieving stress, but if you don’t have a dog, grab a friend or relative to go with you.
Breathe – Simple enough. This sounds obvious but is often overlooked. Taking deep breaths can help calm your heart rate and have a relaxing effect. You can do this at your desk or in the car when that jerk cuts you off. Take a deep breath and hold it for a few a few seconds and then exhale. Better?
Laugh - Laughing cures everything. Maybe not everything, but according to the Mayoclinic, laughing can relieve pain, increase personal satisfaction, even boost your immune system. Watch a favorite comedy or find something on youtube to make you chuckle. I knew all of those silly videos I watch were healthy!
There are many ways to reduce or relieve stress, what may work for others may not for you. Try to find something you enjoy and gives your mind a break. Here are more ideas: