10 Ways to De-Stress
by Tristan Cablay
Are you stressed out? Your body can tell! Stress is unhealthy. Like a double burger with fries and a milkshake, it packs on “emotional pounds” faster than a late night stop to the local fast food restaurant! So, we have compiled several easy ways to de-stress…
Breathe! Deep breathing provides the body with extra oxygen. It slows the heart rate down and it allows you to STOP and take a moment.
Laugh! Laughter is truly the best medicine! Connect with someone you love, watch a funny movie, Google funny animals. Create time for fun!
Write! Scribble out your thoughts. Note your stressors and make a conscious effort to also log ways that you can solve that problem or reframe the issue.
Go outside! Change your surroundings and step outside. Take a moment to change your environment. Sometimes this simple act brings everything into new light.
Drink tea! Amino acids in many green teas have calming agents. They lower anxiety levels. Grab a nice glass of tea and feel the stress melt away.
Try calming scents! Scents like lavender, vanilla, pumpkin, peppermint, and eucalyptus have been linked to creating feelings of serenity.
Slow your mind! Focus on a calm thought, maybe a happy place or memory. Close your eyes and count. Try to slow your mind from frantic paces.
Exercise! Endorphins surge during any exercise, light and moderate to a hardcore marathon, any amount of physical effort helps release ‘happy hormones”.
Eat Chocolate! Grab a small piece of dark chocolate. A moderate amount of dark chocolate has been proven to lower levels of the stress hormones, cortisol and catecholamine’s.
Get Colorful! Colors can evoke feelings! Green is soothing. Blue is peaceful. Purple shades are calming. Try bringing some peaceful colors into your surroundings.
Try to add one or two of these tactics a day into your routine to chill out and de-stress!