Even though it’s summer, there remain a million things that could be plaguing you with copious amounts of stress. And, plainly, no one likes to deal with this stress or its side-effects—back aches, headaches, and everything-aches. Here are 10 of the most effective ways to help you deal with your stress.
1. Practice deep breathing.
It sounds silly, but you wouldn’t believe the amount of times you don’t get enough air when you’re under pressure. When this happens, your brain lacks the appropriate amount of oxygen, which can contribute to even greater stress and difficulty with whatever you are doing. Read about different breathing exercises you can practice to reduce stress and return to a normal and constant breath if you may have shifted away.
2. Engage in a stress-free activity.
Whatever it is that may be causing you anxiety—put it on hold (unless, of course, it is extremely time sensitive). It is better to leave this stress-inducing activity, and go back to it at a later time with a clearer mind. Occupy your time with anything from exercising, to cooking, to calling a friend. Once you’ve calmed down, you’ll likely be able to focus more efficiently on what before seemed like an overly daunting task.
3. Have a cup of tea.
There is nothing quite as soothing as a warm beverage. As opposed to black tea or coffee, herbal tea will calm you down and not cause the jittery-ness that caffeine might. On nights where I’ve been up late and overwhelmed with school work, tea has really helped me zen-out.
4. Eat some chocolate.
Not only is it delicious and will likely boost your spirits, but dark chocolate actually regulates the body’s levels of coritsone, which is a hormone that regulates stress levels.
5. Take a nap.
Oftentimes, stress can just be caused by a lack of sleep. Other times, things just seem less hectic and crazy after a calming nap.
6. Count sheep.
A byproduct of an imaginative mind is stress, and oftentimes it exists for no true reason. By taking your mind off of the subject, you can sometimes get rid of it altogether. “Counting sheep” is nothing other than closing your eyes, picturing sheep, and then counting “them”. A similar activity can just be counting to 100 and then back down. Whatever you choose, sometimes you can find success simply by taking your mind off of the matter.
7. Experiment with acupuncture.
I can’t attest to this myself, but if you experience recurring stress, you may want to explore acupuncture. Many people swear by this method of relieving pressure/pain, so if you don’t have a phobia of needles, it may be a good option for you.
8. Have a stress ball near by.
Any activity that allows you to take out some physical aggression is a surefire way to relieve worry. If you aren’t familiar with the concept of a stress ball, it’s exactly what it sounds like: a ball you can squeeze that hopefully results in a loss of stress.
9. Go outside.
Going outside can result in instantly lifted spirits, so if you feel that you have been cooped up inside for an extended period of time, head on out and find the sun. Once you get some fresh air, you will feel reinvigorated and ready to conquer whatever is ahead of you.
Writing, for me, is the best way to relieve stress because in a journal, you can express yourself in virtually any way—the only one who will know what’s written there is you. Journaling is the best way to vent, and venting is the best way to relieve stress—voila! If you don’t yet have one, I really recommend investing in a notebook which will come in handy for channeling any of your thoughts and feelings.
Whichever method you find to help, I hope that you are able to totally conquer and calm your nerves. Remember: The less you stress, the more often you will find success.