10 Ways to Relieve Stress

Stress can be a positive thing. It can spur one to achieve their goals, targets and deadlines, but it is only good in moderation. Too much stress can lead to loss of concentration, memory, learning, productivity, and many other adverse health effects which I believe that you are utmost keen to avoid at all costs.

10 ways to kill stress

1. Exercise

It is known that endorphin’s, neurotransmitters that give your body a sense of “well-being” and happiness, are released when one engages in suitably strenuous exercise. These endorphins are also responsible for the “runners high” that one gets, which enables them to push further. Whenever you feel under great stress, grab your sneakers and hit the road running. Allow your stress to melt away.

2. Laughter

Learn to laugh at yourself and take life less seriously. Effective usage of humor can also be useful in diffusing tense social situations. Also, studies have shown that laughter leads to the lowering of the stress hormones, cortisol and epinephrine. Similar to the above point, endorphins are too released when one is laughing. Its overall effect will lead to less stress and more happiness.

3. Recharge yourself

Take a power nap! Even if you are hard-pressed for time, a mere 7 minute nap can do wonders for your concentration, memory and will give you the motivation to continue to attempt the tasks and challenges that lie ahead.

4. Drink Tea

Some forms of tea, like chamomile, are known to exert calming effects on the drinker. They will reduce anxiousness and nervous feelings as well. Also, they taste good! However, drink in moderation as tea is a diuretic- you don’t want to make frequent trips to the washroom!

5. Cry/Scream

Don’t be afraid to release your pent-up emotions. Muffle your cries and screams into a pillow if you have to.

6. Give yourself “Me” Time

Arrange your schedule to plan a day in which all the activities revolve around yourself, and no one else. Use this time to relax, reflect and recharge.

7. Try aromatherapy

Different kinds of essential oils exist that purport to have different properties and calm the user. Even if one is skeptical of the usage of such aromatic oils, one cannot deny that the fragrance does help to lift one’s mood and in turn, alleviates stress.

8. Meditate

Studies have shown that other than reducing stress, meditation has other significant health benefits like reducing muscle tension, lowering one’s blood pressure and might even increase one’s tolerance.

9. Do yoga

Similar to the above point, yoga too has multiple health benefits that are too varied to list here. Besides gaining flexibility and becoming more toned, one can also indulge in the calmness of yoga class, as opposed to the fast pace of hectic life.

10. Embark on an activity you’ve always wanted to try

Remember that course/hobby you’ve always wanted to take up but never had the time to? If you keep putting it off, you will never get around to doing it! Don’t second guess. Just go out and do it!

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