With the demands of work and family, finding time to relax and de-stress can be difficult. As stress is linked to high-blood pressure, heart attacks, lower immunity, depression and anxiety, it is very important that we take time to reduce stress in our lives. Fortunately, there are many ways to make relaxation a part of your everyday life.
Here are a few ways to relieve stress and relax!
Breathing! Sounds simple enough doesn’t it, but how often do you focus on your breaths? Breathing is one of the most restorative and relaxing activities available to us and the best part is that it takes no time at all. So why not take advantage of this ever accessible treasure. Next time you are feeling stressed, take a deep breath, hold it for a moment and then exhale.
2. Enjoy nice smells
Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh roses or the fragrance of freshly cut grass? You may be surprised to know that enjoying nice smells is a great way to stop stress in its tracks. Aromatherapy has got a lot of attention in recent years, and for good reason, evidence shows that scented oils stimulate the part of the brain that is connected to memory and mood. For example, Clary Sage is said to have uplifting and euphoric capabilities while rosemary is believed to soothe emotional and mental strain. So if you want a bit of a pick me up, why not try a sprinkle a few drops of these oils on a tissue, inhale and indulge in the sweet scent of relaxation.
3. Chew Gum
Chewing gum is great for keeping your breath minty fresh but did you know that gum can also lower stress levels? According to a study led by Australian researcher Andrew Scholey, chewing gum reduces the stress hormone cortisol. So if you’re feeling down and are looking for quick and affordable way to relax, head over to your local convenience store and get yourself some chewy goodness; your mind and breath will thank you.
4. Eating something crunchy
Feeling stressed, have you tried munching on baby carrots? Okay, eating carrots may not sound like the most exciting of tasks but it has been proven to lower stress levels. Eating crunchy foods like celery, baby carrots and nuts help release tension in the jaw and neck, which can make it much easier to relax – plus who doesn’t love the sound of a good ‘crunch’.
Whether you got the moves of Michael Jackson or have two left feet – we all love to have a bit of a boogie. There is just something about dancing that makes us all feel free. Like all physical activities, dancing is a great for weight loss, stronger bones and better cardiovascular health however dancing is an especially effective stress reliever due to the sheer enjoyment factor. Next time, you are feeling a little down, put your favourite song and dance like no-one is watching!
Tell me some interesting ways that you relax!