Everyone experiences stress, whether from a positive or negative situation. Our bodies are able to handle the symptoms of stress (increased heart rate, respiration, and blood pressure, suppressed immune system, and digestive problems) but with continuous and prolonged stress, serious health conditions can develop, both physically and psychologically.
It is impossible to remove stressful times from our lives but it is possible to learn how to minimize it. It is up to us whether or not we wish to stay in a slump or do something about it. Learn fun ways to relieve stress.
Get out in the sun and surround yourself with nature. Sunlight, fresh air, and nature’s beauty and soothing sounds will help lift your spirits, improve your mood, and remove life’s daily stressors.
The following are great ways in relieving stress:
- take your dog for a walk around the block
- sit outside and listen to the birds sing or watch the fireflies light up
- go hiking or bicycling on a nature trail
- have a barbecue or go on a picnic
- visit a botanical garden
- go canoeing
- plant a flower garden that attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
- look at beautiful pictures of nature
Laughter is an excellent way in relieving stress. Researchers are discovering the many health benefits of laughter.
- enhances blood flow and improves cardiovascular function
- releases endorphins and other natural pain-killing and mood-elevating chemicals
- improves the transfer of nutrients and oxygen to internal organs
- enhances the immune system
- takes your mind off of your problems
- puts you in a more positive state of mind
The next time you feel stressed, try the following:
- read the comics or a joke book
- watch a comedy on TV or at the movies with a friend
- visit a funny website
- look at humorous pictures
- play a silly game, especially with kids
- reminisce with others about funny events that happened in the past
- if nothing else, fake laugh (this is said to work just as well)
Other Fun Ways to Relieve Stress
If you are in the office and need a quick fix, close your eyes, take some deep breaths, and envision yourself somewhere fun.
Take a nice hot bath and add some calming essential oils to the water. Turn the lights off, light some candles, lay back, and close your eyes or sip on a soothing cup of chamomile tea.
Get a massage. Massage increases blood flow and releases toxins from tense muscles.
Take up meditation or yoga.
Read a good book or start a hobby you would enjoy.
Kick back and listen to music or turn it up a bit and dance. Both are a great way in relieving stress. Music is used in hospitals to help patients heal. It provides distraction and inspiration. Dancing to music (fast or slow) releases endorphins and will give you a quick mental pick me up.
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