It is not a surprise that the 21st century is a time for a great deal of stress. Whether we are a child, a teenager or an adult, it seems that more is expected from us every day, and it’s no doubt that every one of us faces increased stress levels year after year. Overtime and deadlines are creeping up, drowning the average person up to their eyeballs. You may often feel like, if only I could get the world to stop spinning for just an hour or so, then I could truly relax and feel better.
Here are 5 easy ways to quickly alleviate physical and/or mental tension:
1. Smiling. They say it takes far more muscles to frown than it does to smile. Smiling not only helps you to relax but when others see you smiling they are bound to feel better too.
2. Let your mind wander. Take a few minutes to let your imagination flow. Think of a place or experience that makes you feel happy or calm. Bring in all of your senses. How does it feel? How does it smell? What do you see? Remind yourself of that happy place with a screensaver or picture.
3. Get some sun. Find a big window or go outside for a few minutes. The bright light and warmth can help you relax.
4. Hold your thumbs. This is actually a tip we learned from our pediatrician. When you start to feel anxious or nervous wrap your fingers around your thumb and squeeze. It helps calm anxiety.
5. Take a break from a hectic day and just stare out of the window for a few minutes. Looking at nature scenes can be more relaxing than watching TV or a computer screen.
Life is hectic and full of pressure from work, family, school and relationships to name a few. With so much to get done in so little time, it is easy to become stressed. Take time to slow down and enjoy your life in this fast-paced society.
Reference: Hope Healthletter
What’s your favorite way to de-stress after a hectic day? Leave your comment below.
Tasha Nelson is a busy mom, wife and registered nurse on a personal journey to get fit and live healthier while encouraging other women to do the same. She is also a total wellness advocate and enthusiast who firmly believes in the importance of taking care of yourself. A healthy mind, body, and spirit makes for a happy person. Isn’t that what we all want?