Stress is unhealthy. For a fulfilling and a happy life, it is important to learn how to stay calm in a stressful situation. Yes, it is easier said than done. However, it is not impossible. With a little effort, you can easily learn this art and use it whenever necessary.
Whenever you feel that burst of stress hit you, take deep breaths. Slowly inhale and slowly exhale. This can have an immediate relaxing effect. However, do it for a minute or two, until you feel all the anxiety and stress leaving you.
Music is the best stressbuster. Just plug in your earphones and listen to your favorite song. It will instantly brighten up your mood and lighten your stress. This is because music is therapeutic. It provides a stimulating effect and causes a shift in the brainwaves, which will help you relax. Some of the best songs to help beat that stress is; Shadow Days by John Mayer, Sunday Morning by Maroon 5, Shake it Off by Taylor Swift, Someone Like You by Adele, Canzonetta Sull Aria by Mozart, Strawberry Swing by Coldplay, and Watermark by Enya. So, hurry up and put them on your playlist now.
Write it down
When you put your thoughts on a piece of paper, it can make you feel better. It is almost as if you are sharing your thoughts with someone else. So, the best thing to do is to maintain a journal. Writing in your journal every day in the morning about the things you are grateful for is a great way to start your day.
Sweat it out
When in stress, sweat it out. This is because your body releases endorphins, which makes you feel good. It will lower all the symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression and put you in a blissful mood. And when it comes to working, your options are plenty. You can hit the gym, take a dance class, go for a run, do yoga, go swimming, etc.
Stress has a tendency to make a person overeat or eat unhealthily, so don’t do that. However, we all have that one food, which instantly brightens up our day, puts us in a good mood. Therefore, if you are stressed, go ahead, enjoy your favorite meal.
Get a Massage
Swedish massage, Kerala Ayurvedic massage, Thai massage, etc. basically, a lot of options to choose from. So, the next time you are worried or stressed or feel anxious, just take a break and go get a massage. Your muscles will also thank you!
Use your imagination. The next time that vicious stress hits you, go to your happy place. Daydream. Visualize. Just imagine your happy place. If you don’t have a happy place, get it. It can be anything. A beach, a hill station, a park, basically anything that will put a smile on your face.
Read this story
You have probably read this story before, nevertheless, whenever you feel stressed, read it again.
Once upon a time, a professor was talking about stress management to an audience. The professor took a glass of water, which was about half-filled and asked his audience, ‘How heavy is this glass of water?’. Several members of the audience gave their answers. Finally, the professor said, ‘The weight of the glass of water doesn’t matter. What matters is how long you hold it. Now, if I hold it for a minute, it's okay. If I hold it for an hour, my arm will start to ache. And, if I keep holding it for the whole day, you will have to take me to the hospital. So, what I am trying to say is the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes’. He continued, ‘So, now think of the glass of water as stress. The longer you hold it, the heavier it becomes. And, holding on to it doesn’t solve the problem.’
Make yourself a hot cup of tea. It can be black tea, green tea, whatever you like. But, do it yourself. Once you brew yourself a cup, sit somewhere nice, preferably a place with a nice view (your balcony maybe) and just concentrate on sipping the tea and enjoy the view. This really helps you relax and put things into perspective.
Read a book
Reading is an amazing stressbuster. Pick a book from the genre you like and just read. Get lost in that fantasy world that the author has created for you and enjoy every word that is written. You will see, just after a few pages, your stress will be a thing of the past.
Drink fresh juices
Fresh juices can give your body much-needed natural energy to deal with the stress hormone, cortisol. So, sip up aloe vera juice next time you undergo stress.