Relaxing to Avoid the Ravages of Stress
Aside from the usual suspects – meditation, aromatherapy, massage – there are some really simple things that can soothe your day away, too. These are things you can do easily on your own without spending a single dime. So don’t sweat it. No matter what the day has thrown your way, you can come home and reclaim your sanity.
- Listen to Music – Simply listening to your favorite song, album or playlist of guilty pleasures can make a huge difference. If you find yourself singing along or dancing, that’s even better! If your current favorites don’t quite do it for you, try some Native American, Celtic, or Indian music that leans more towards stringed instruments and drumbeats. The important thing is to find music that makes you feel at peace.
- Take a Bubble Bath – Heat is a known relaxation aid, as is water. Combine the two and you have a recipe for Zen. Light a lavender scented candle, have a glass of wine, and let the relaxation begin. Don’t laugh! It might sounds like a cheesy scene from a chick flick but it works.
- Laugh – Phone a friend or call your mom. Watch that comedy on Netflix you’ve been curious about. Catch up on all those silly videos your friends post on Facebook. Do whatever makes you laugh – and do it heartily!
- Take a Walk -We know you’re tired when you get home and you’re not exactly looking forward to an abundance of exercise, but a short 10-15 minute walk can burn off some of the nervous energy you’ve accumulated throughout the day. If you take a brisk walk, you can even activate some of those awesome endorphins for an extra little feel-good effect.
- Sit in the Sun – The sun is known to have wondrous powers, not to mention it’s the best source for our Vitamin D. Think about how sleepy you get when you lounge on the beach (while wearing sunblock, of course). You can have a bit of that just by sitting in the sun for 10 minutes after work. Kick your shoes off and sit on the grass, face to the sun and eyes closed – and just breathe. It’s amazing how something so simple can bring such peace.
- Cuddle With Kitty – Snuggling with any pet can be highly therapeutic. Many people who suffer from anxiety are advised to get a pet just for that reason. Cats, especially, can tame the wildest of days. Not only does their purring help them regenerate and strengthen their own bodies, but it helps us lower our heart rates, as well. So go cuddle!
- Solve a Puzzle – Research shows that playing brain games like word searches, crossword puzzles, and brainteasers helps with stress by forcing our minds to focus on something else. Of course if you sit down with the New York Times crossword puzzle and can’t finish it, don’t let that stress you out, either.
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