You probably don’t know all of the fantastic benefits gum holds for you. A 2012 study looked at how chewing gum can help your well-being and release stress at home and work. In conclusion, the researchers noted that once participants started chewing gum, they became happier and felt less stressed. But this isn’t the only thing the study noted. Researchers also realized that people felt less depressed, held a more positive mood, felt less anxious, and didn’t complain about fatigue as often. If you’re not a gum chewer, you should look for a pack and put in the little effort of chewing a piece a day. Just don’t swallow it!
Listen To Running Water
If you have a fish tank, you can shut off all devices and listen to the sounds of your fish tank. Other ways to listen to running water include turning on your faucet for a bit or using an app. You can usually find running water sounds on calming apps, and it’s known to help many people relieve stress. It’s a soothing sound that can make you feel relaxed. You can also look for waterfalls on YouTube as watching something beautifully built by nature can aid in your relaxation. For some people, however, it might increase your desire to use the restroom.
Sometimes we just need a tight squeeze to feel better. Usually, people think that this means they need a hug from a spouse, friend, or family member. While people can help with a hug and it’ll relieve stress, you can get the same effect from hugging yourself. Lift your arms in an ‘x’ and squeeze your arms or shoulders. This works because a physical touch releases the hormone oxytocin, which is linked to the formation of bonds and love. Plus, hugging yourself provides you a sense of security that helps in easing stress.
Laugh Even If It’s Fake
You’ve heard that laughter is the best medicine. According to several studies conducted by researchers, this saying is true. When you laugh, even if it’s fake, your body releases endorphins that help you relieve stress. Endorphins are chemicals in your body that you need to maintain a healthy mental state and happiness. Any type of laugh will trigger the release of these chemicals, which will help you feel better without much more work. Increasing your blood flow happens naturally when you laugh because oxygen is going through your organs. Just think about how laughing helps you decrease your stress.
Spend Time With Your Pet
If you have a pet or a companion animal, you know that they are a great way to help relieve stress. For example, you automatically feel better after a bad day when you go home and see your pet coming up to you for some attention. When you pet your furry family members, your brain releases feel-good hormones that help you feel loved and put your mind at ease. It naturally makes you feel less stressed and puts a smile on your face. Let your pet cuddle by your side and take time to play with them. Don’t worry about any chores or work you need to do; just focus on your little companion.
Create Works Of Art
It doesn’t matter if you think you’re good at drawing or painting because you don’t need to do this for anyone else’s eyes. All you need to worry about is helping yourself feel less stressed, and one way to do this is by taking the time to create works of art. You can draw, paint, make a collage, or color. Do something that you consider fun and relaxing, and this will help you feel better overall. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy; coloring with crayons in a children’s coloring book might be enough to relax. If you get really into it, you might even upgrade to watercolors or sculptures. Don’t worry about making money off of your works of art; you can be your own Picasso and adore your masterpieces.
Another effortless way to relieve stress is to focus on breathing deeply. You can do this whether you’re sitting or standing. You can even do this while driving. Simply take a deep breath, hold it for a couple of seconds, and then release it slowly. When you take a few deep breaths, your diaphragm lowers cortisol levels. In response, you start to feel less stressed and anxious. You don’t need to take a lot of deep breaths or count. Just follow your mind and body. When you feel better, then you can stop.
Blow Up A Balloon
Along with deep breathing, you can also have a little fun and use this time to blow up a balloon. It is another way to relieve stress. Most people see this as a job that you have to do before a birthday party, so it’s essential also to make sure you’re in the mindset to have fun and don’t see it as a chore. This method works because when you’re stressed, you’re more likely to take short and shallow breaths. However, this increases your anxiety, and you need oxygen to help your body relax. Therefore, any task that makes you take a deep breath is great for relieving stress.
Massage Your Ears
You know that a massage helps you feel less stressed, but you can’t always get away to get a professional massage. You also can’t do this every day, and sometimes you need to take time to de-stress daily. When you find yourself struggling with your stress, and you need to create a calmer mindset, you can massage your ears. This action is like a reset button, and all you have to do is rub your ear lobe, and you’ll start feeling the stress leave your body. Don’t knock it until you try it. You never know what will help you feel less stressed until you give it a try!
Keep A Plant Near You
Plants are magical. Not only do they help with oxygen in the room, but they’re also known to help people feel better. You don’t need to have a green thumb to set a plant on your desk if you feel overly stressed at work because many stay alive with very little care. Recent studies have shown that when employees keep plants at their desks, they work harder. Plants are also known to help reduce blood pressure, which automatically helps reduce stress. Keep one in your home office, your living room, and then bring one back to your office to help you feel at ease throughout the day.
Let’s face it, like most people, you probably procrastinate on specific tasks and then feel stressed when the deadline is close. Instead, work on developing a plan so you can work on the job every day for a certain amount of time. This change will help limit your stress when it comes to one task, which in turn can help limit the amount of stress you feel overall. When you follow this method with all your projects, you’ll start to feel less stressed immediately.
Like a few other techniques on this list, you need to enjoy yoga to make you feel like it’s effortless. When you practice yoga, your mind goes into meditation mode, and it helps soothe your emotions. You’ll start to relieve your stress as you hold your poses, focus on breathing, and keep to a quiet location. Of course, with the current crisis, it’s not always quiet, and most people can’t take too long of a break away from children, working at home, and homeschooling, but it’s possible to take a few minutes to relieve your stress. Your self-care is just as important.
Strike A Pose
Take a cue from Madonna and strike a pose. You don’t need to go full-on yoga to relieve stress. You can simply find a comfortable place in your home and strike a pose. You can put your legs up against the wall, act like you’re jumping, or hold a dance pose. Doing a fun and silly pose is one of the best ways to relieve stress, and it only takes a few seconds! Putting a smile on your face or giving a fake laugh at your silliness can further help relieve stress. Don’t feel the need to post your pictures on social media, though. This action might increase your anxiety, which will leave you checking for likes all day long.
Realize It’s Okay To Say No
Sometimes the stress you feel is because you want to help everyone. While this is an excellent characteristic, you can’t forget about yourself. If you think that you’re taking on too much work, you need to remember that it’s okay to say “no.” Even if it’s your boss asking you to pick up another project when you’re already overworked. You don’t need to state a reason; you just need to say, “no.”
Drink More Orange Juice
No, it’s not a wine that you want to pick up when you need to feel less stressed. Even though it might work, it’s temporary. One great drink to pick up when you’re looking to reduce stress permanently is orange juice. Oranges have a lot of vitamin C, which is known to help manage stress. This benefit works by lowering your cortisol level. When cortisol is high, you feel more stressed, but when it’s low, you’ll feel less stressed. Don’t believe it? Try it out!
Light A Candle
You probably have several candles lying around your home. If you’re feeling stressed and need to find something that doesn’t take a lot of work to help yourself feel better, light a candle. You don’t need to take a nice hot bubble bath, though it never hurts. Simply lighting a candle and placing it on your stove or somewhere in the room you’re in can help you feel calmer. Candles are different colors and scents, and some of them will naturally help you more than others.
Staring Into A Pattern
To make this technique work, you need to choose a pattern that doesn’t look like it has an ending. It’s also helpful to pick one that you don’t mind gazing into as that will help keep you focused. You don’t need to find a picture online; you can look out into nature. You might find the petal of a flower or a spiderweb that keeps your attention. Scientifically, never-ending patterns are known as fractals. Several studies prove that never-ending patterns help reduce stress by up to 60%. Don’t take my word for it; try it the next time you feel overwhelmed.
Use Essential Oils
You’ve probably heard of essential oils and how some people swear by them. In fact, some people have stopped taking medication and just use essential oils. The aroma that the oils give off when they’re diffuse not only makes your home smell good, but it can clear the air, your mind, and make you feel less stressed. Of course, you need to focus on more calming essential oils, such as lavender, to get this benefit. Each one will give you different benefits, so it might take some research to know which ones are best for you.
Similar to visualizing yourself successful (which leads to success), you want to visualize yourself in a calm state. Close your eyes and imagine yourself in a place that brings a wave of calmness over you, like a beach or meadow. You can get as detailed as you like, such as feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin, smelling flowers, or hearing waves. When you connect with nature, you’ll start feeling calmer as nature is known to ease anxiety and stress.
Look Into Supplements
It’s important to remember that supplements are not usually considered medication. Some of them are even made from natural ingredients that simply help you sleep well, like melatonin, or will help you relieve anxiety. Some focus on balancing your mood, along with decreasing your stress. Some of these supplements include Lemon lip balm, green tea, and Valerian. You can also find a significant number of supplements in the natural aisle at your local store. Just remember to focus on one.
You don’t need to hold your hands in a particular position or say “hmmm” to meditate. You can even listen to calming music as you lay down and just let your mind find peace and quiet. When you take time to meditate for a couple of minutes, you’ll start to feel less stressed. The key to meditation is that you need to find a comfortable position that’ll allow you to focus on a calming environment. It’s the peacefulness that you feel when you’re meditating that’ll help you reduce stress.