When you're stressed, it drains your energy, de-motivates you, and can make you want to just hull up in a hole somewhere. Sometimes, we need a quick pick me up to quickly relieve stress and keep going.
I find that the quickest way for me to relieve anxiety and stress is meditation. I sit on my meditation cushion and do the equal breathing technique. I start with a count of four. Inhale: 1-2-3-4, and then exhale: 1-2-3-4. This calms my mind down and I feel as if I'm back to the present moment
You know that emotional high, top of the world feeling after a workout? Exercising produces endorphins in your body—your brain's feel good chemicals. That stressful and anxiety feeling you felt before it would magically (not really) disappear.
Taking a walk is not only good for managing stress, but also promotes mindfulness and present moment awareness. It helps clear your mind of any worry or any pent up stress you might be feeling. Try taking walks in the quiet, early morning hours or in nature.
Journaling is another effective way for managing stress. By recording our thoughts and feelings, this helps us be in control and aware of the present moment, instead of worrying about past or future. This is a powerful way to let go of any stress you have and stay present.
Talk to someone about what's going on with your life and how you're feeling is a good way lift stress off your shoulders. Bottling up our emotions only hurts us in the end. I remember how relieved I felt when something was stressing me out and I could open up to someone about it.
Making a gratitude list can be a way to remember all the good things in your life that you are thankful for. When we do this, it is hard to remain mad or stressed about all the things we cannot control.
Try making a list of 5 things every day that you are grateful for.
Have you ever noticed how you breathe when you feel relaxed? Deep breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress in the body. This is because when you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax. One of my favourite breathing technique is belly breathing.
Drinking tea is scientifically proven to reduce stress and lower anxiety levels. And no, its not just a placebo effect. The tea that I find to be the most helpful is chamomile. Chamomile has been shown to significantly reduce symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder. It is that powerful in terms of reducing stress and anxiety.
Are we missing anything? Let us know in the comments how you de-stress!