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Simple yet Effective Exercises to Relieve Stress

Updated on September 25, 2015


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What is Stress?

Exercise in modern days should form part of everyone´s daily lifestyle. Physical activity mot only helps maintain a healthy looking body structure, but aids the body in other ways, including food digestion, a feeling of well-being and to ease daily stress.

Stress is some kind of feeling that puts too much emotional and mental pressure over a person. Pressure may turn into stress when a person is not able to handle the pressure. Nowadays, many people suffer from stress; however, not everyone reacts to stress in the same way, as a situation that seems stressful for a person may be motivating for another.

Causes of Stress

  • Work issues
  • Money problems
  • Family issues
  • Death of a loved one
  • Change of residence
  • First day at school
  • Being in love
  • Traumatic event

Fight or Flight Response

To fight stress, the human body releases a flow of hormones that flow through the bloodstream and spread to those areas that need them. These hormones enable a person to deal with the stress in a process known as the ¨fight or flight response.¨

Once the pressure vanishes, the hormone levels return to normal state; however, when a person remains under constant stress, these hormones will counteract the stress and the person will experience the symptoms.

What Causes Stress?

In the present, an array of daily life´s demands can produce stress, especially those that a person performs on a daily basis, such as employment, money issues and personal relations.

When a person is unable to deal with any of these issues or they go out of control, stress can begin to affect a person´s life and most of the things he/she does.

Stress can affect a person´s way of thinking, behavior and the way in which his/her body functions. Some of the characteristic signs of stress include the lack of sleep, headaches, dizziness, pain, loss of appetite, concentration and sweating.

A person may also experience anxiety, worry about a variety of issues, loss of temper and low self-esteem. A person may also start drinking more than usual and act unreasonably.

Simple yet Effective Exercises to Manage Stress

Any physical activity may relieve stress from a person. Almost any form of exercise, those that require the movement of our muscles in any form can act as a stress reliever.

It´s been proven that a person that engages in physical activities experiences an optimum health and remains free of a number of diseases. Even the simplest types of exercises can help relieve stress.

We don´t want to increment the stress upon our shoulders by bringing more load to our laden mind. The most important thing to take into account is that you don´t even have to go any farther from your home to find the means to exercise your body.

A simple walk around the corner may give you the chance to exercise your feet while at the same time allow you to meditate.

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Exercise and Stress Relief

  • Exercise increases your general health and your sense of well-being
  • Physical activity also helps relieve stress and increments a flow of endorphins into your blood stream that make you feel good

  • Making the bed
  • Doing the laundry
  • washing dishes
  • Doing the lawn
  • Taking children to school
  • Walking the dog

Reduce Stress At Home

You don´t necessarily have to engage in strenuous physical activates to relieve stress. Even the simplest activities of everyday life at home can help you relieve stress. As long as there is physical movement involved, either walking, making the bed or painting your home can invoke the neurotransmitters (endorphins) that make one feel good.

Set some goals before start doing house chores. Setting goals before performing them will motivate you throughout the course of the task.

When athletes perform in a competition, there is always a goal they need to reach; this motivates them throughout the tournament. All of their concentration is placed at reaching that goal and upon reaching it, the joy invades their being.

Similarly, before starting a house chore set your goals. Either the length of time spent, or the amount of load in the washing machine you pretend to work with. Always keeping in mind that behind doing house chores there is a mental voyage since the start of the chore through the performance and then the achievement of the goal.

Apart from exerting physical effort in the task, the focus on the objective you are resolved to reach will maintain you calm and optimistic.

Home Improvement

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Home Improvements

  • Floors
  • Carpet
  • Landscaping
  • Paint interior
  • Paint exterior
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Kitchen and bathroom

Stress Management

Often, a house deteriorates due most of the times to environmental factors. There is always some kind of repair that needs to be taken care at home or an improvement that will make it look nice.

The enjoyment produced when seeing one´s own living place neat and attractive to the sight is good enough to relieve many of every day’s life stressors. People who live a happy life at home tend to perform better in all kinds of environments, including work, school and socially.

Endorphin Molecule

Endorphin Molecule
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Daily exercise increments your overall health and well-being. It also increases the production of the brain´s feel good neurotransmitters called endorphins.

The act of body movement along with your positive good intentions and set of goals can all work together to release the stress.

Physical activities help ease the tension of very day´s life and improves your mood and self-confidence. It improves the time sleep and overall, it alleviates stress.

Stress is one of the most common types of disorders, nowadays. Work, money and social issues are the culprit of this suffering. Setting goals and performing moderate exercise, like the one you can perform at home, can help relieve stress.

Types of Activities You Can Do at Home

Interior of the home
Exterior of the home
Away from home
Washing dishes
Walking the dog
Making the beds
Painting the exterior
Throwing the trash
Walking up and down stairs
Washing the car
Taking children to school
Cleaning the windows
Trimming the trees
Bicycle riding
Cleaning the bathroom
Cleaning the exterior


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  • unvrso profile image

    Jose Juan Gutierrez 2 years ago from Mexico City

    That is right! Enjoying what you do at home. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read this hub.

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    Nancy Yager 2 years ago from Hamburg, New York

    There are many ways to get your daily exercise that does not involve going to the gym. Take that extra 2 or 3 trips up and down the stairs, put your clothes away one at a time. Sounds ridiculous, but before you know it you have an aerobic workout. That in turn makes you sleep better, reducing stress. It is all a cycle.

  • unvrso profile image

    Jose Juan Gutierrez 2 years ago from Mexico City

    Thanks! I appreciate your time spent reading this hub.

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    RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

    Very useful. Your tips are important to know and keep in mind.