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7 Simple Ways To De-Stress Your Life

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You might not like to admit it, but stress is a normal part of life. We all experience it sometimes! Unfortunately, chronic stress can cause long-term health problems. So it’s a good idea to try and change the way you handle it.

7 Ways To De-Stress

Here are seven easy things you can ease those stressful feelings.

1. Take Deep Breaths

There’s a good chance that your heart (and brain) is racing. Give your body a break by taking deep breaths for 20 to 30 minutes. This will encourage calmness by bringing more oxygen to your brain.1 The best part, you can do this anywhere, right from your work desk to the bus stop.

7 simple ways to de-stress your life

2. Be Creative

Creative tasks can relieve psychological stress. It’s basically like your brain meditating.2 Fortunately, this doesn’t mean you need to be Martha Stewart. Simply listening to music, doodling, and coloring will do the trick. You don’t need to make a work of art in order to relieve stress.

7 simple ways to de-stress your life

3. Indulge In Aromatherapy

Some essential oils can relax your body and mind. Chamomile, lavender, and bergamot are great choices. If you’re at home, use them in a diffuser or bath. You can also sniff the bottle or dab a few drops on your feet.

7 simple ways to de-stress your life

4. Stretch It Out

To calm tense muscles, try stretching. This simple act will improve circulation and ease stress. Focus on major muscle groups and hold each stretch for 30 seconds.3 Consider doing yoga to clear your mind, too. Hatha yoga is especially great for stress relief.4

7 simple ways to de-stress your life

5. Go For A Walk

Exercising will help your brain produce mood-boosting neurotransmitters called endorphins. It will also promote relaxation and reduce anxiety.5 But this doesn’t mean you need to run a marathon! A light walk around the neighborhood can help.

7 simple ways to de-stress your life

6. Write In A Journal

Journaling is a therapy which not too expensive. Simply writing down your thoughts – no matter how crazy or wild – will bring you peace. It even encourages positive emotional and mental growth after a stressful situation.6

7 simple ways to de-stress your life

7. Have A Good Laugh

You’ve probably heard that laughter is good for the soul. Well, it’s true! Laughing increases endorphins and decreases anxiety and depression. It’s even considered as a form of therapy.7 Try watching a funny movie or television show. Watch video clips of your favorite comedian or cute animals. Even a phone chat with a friend can help you out.

7 simple ways to de-stress your life

Remember, stress management is a crucial part of self-care. Be kind to yourself under stress. If you treat it with respect, it will love you in return.

References   [ + ]

1. Take a Deep Breath. American Institute of Stress.
2. Stucky, Heather L. and Jeremy Nobel. “The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health: A Review of Current Literature.” American Journal of Public Health. 100.2 (2010): 254-263.
3. Flexibility: Stretch your way to better health. The Mayo Clinic Diet.
4. Yoga: Fight stress and find serenity. Mayo Clinic.
5. Exercise and stress: Get moving to manage stress. Mayo Clinic.
6. Ulrich, Philip M. and Susan K. Lutgendorf. “Journaling About Stressful Events: Effects of Cognitive Processing and Emotional Expression.” The Society of Behavioral Medicine. 24.3 (2002): 244-250.
7. JongEun, Yim. “Therapeutic Benefits of Laughter in Mental Health: A Theoretical Review.” The Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine. 239.3 (2016): 243-249.
CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.