Feeling a bit stressed? There are many stress busters that you can use to rid yourself of that tension. Quite a few stress reducing techniques can be accomplished with minimal effort on your part. Here are a few to get you started on your way to feeling much more relaxed.
Drink at least eight glasses of water every day
This is as much of an overall health tip as it is a stress reduction tip, but in both cases water pays major dividends. If your body feels dehydrated, your anxiety will only be heightened. Plus, water helps rid the body of various toxins which, in turn, keeps your body feeling in tip-top shape. When you feel good, your daily stressors will not be multiplied by the stresses that go with a lack of water in your diet.
Eat a balanced diet full of foods that make you feel happy
Here, nutrition is again a big piece of it. If you are eating a ton of fast food, no matter how comforting that fast food is, it is bad for your diet. Your body will feel more anxious and stressed with a lack of good nutrition. Instead, find healthy foods that still fall under the comfort food label for you. Then, it is a win-win: you are following a good nutrition plan and your stress is reduced because you are enjoying foods you love. If you are not sure where to begin, check out some nutritional comfort-food cookbooks for some good ideas.
Surround yourself with sounds that relax you
Do you love the sound of birds chirping or the light tinkle of chimes in the wind? What about a light rain on a windowsill or ocean waves rolling onto a beach? Everyone has a sound that reduces tension. Find a way to bring those sounds into locations that tend to create tension for you, whether that be at home or work. There are many excellent sound machines available that mirror the audio conditions you may be looking for. Those sound machines are also excellent as a stress buster right before bed.
Use your imagination
Playing with imagination is not something that should end with your childhood. In fact, your imagination can be a major stress buster. The key is to visualize a situation which is calming to you. This could be a beach, a mountain retreat or even your own back yard. Take five minutes and let your imagination take you to your favorite spots. Soon, you'll feel much more relaxed. This can also be used in tandem with surrounding yourself with relaxing sounds via a sound machine.
Break up your routine
Your stresses may be being multiplied by a sense of monotony in your life. If so, change things up. Choose a few different routes for your daily commute and randomly choose one daily. Get lost for a day and explore new areas around your home. At work, change your schedule. If you tend to walk in and check emails, try shutting down the computer for that first hour and concentrating on something else. When your routine is shook up, your mind must work in a different way - which in turn takes your mind off of the stressors in your life.
Putting a few of these stress busters to work for you can make a big difference. Get them into your daily routine, and you'll soon begin to feel more relaxed.