The holiday season is always a stressful time period for everyone, and it's not even the holidays, throughout the other 364 days of the year. There's always going to be a time when our stressors that real in their ugly heads. I know that I'm not the only one who is sitting in the life boat for this subject, So just sit back and relax and I'll tell you a few different ways to mange the relieve stress.
We do it all day and every day, and yet it's always some how a forgotten skill, especially deep breathing. By slowing down your heart rate and lowering blood pressure, breathing deeply relieves stress. It's a tremendous method of healing purposes, and it's also the best type of reset button. There are other ways to channel deep breathing, for example:
Meditation: Meditation is a very great and helpful way to relieve stress, It can be done anywhere at any time. For centuries, Buddhist monks have been conscious of deliberate breathing during meditation. I prefer to have the atmosphere to be in-tune with this method which would involve any type of healing crystal, candles or incense with calming and relaxing music (or soundscapes) playing in the background.
Yoga: Yoga is a tad bit more complex and I'd only recommend giving this a try if your body can handle stretching at top lengths. It may cause a stress to your muscles but it'll pay off just like exercising.
Tai Chi: Tai Chi may be a noncompetitive martial art known for both its defense techniques, its also provides health benefits as a way of exercise, it comprises gentle physical exercise and stretching with mindfulness. Its very similar to yoga, but it's slightly different. It has been shown to improve balance control, fitness, and flexibility, and to reduce the risk of falls in older people. It appears to reduce pain and the symptoms of depression.
🍴Eating well 🍴
According to Dr. Mark Hyman, eating whole, real foods restores balance and reduces the effects of stress on your body. Replacing harmful substances such as caffeine, alcohol, and refined sugars, with clean proteins, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats helps regulate your hormone levels, including stress hormones. These are foods and drinks I recommend consuming when you are surrounded by a stressful mind cloud.
Tea: I am a big tea drinker myself, and every chance I get or when I am very stressed out, I usually drink coffee in the morning, never during the day! The reason why is because It has less than half the caffeine of coffee and contains healthy antioxidants, as well as theanine, an amino acid that has a calming effect on the nervous system. Green tea is what I recommend drinking because it's natural.
Dark Chocolate: If you're one of these individuals who gets a nice mood boost whenever you sink your teeth into a bar of pure unadulterated chocolate like myself then you are in luck, dark chocolate can help with relieving stress. It is proven that there's a chemical inside the chocolate bar called anandamide, a neurotransmitter produced in the brain that temporarily blocks feelings of pain and depression. Chocolate has even been referred to as "the new anti-anxiety drug." One study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology also revealed that drinking an antioxidant-rich chocolate drink equal to about 1.5 ounces of dark chocolate daily felt calmer than those who did not.
Berries: Blueberries and blackberries get their deep color from pigments called Anthocyanins. These antioxidants aid your brain in the production of dopamine, a chemical that is critical to coordination, memory function, and your mood. the magazine TIME reported:
"Research has also shown that blueberry eaters experience a boost in natural killer cells, 'a type of white blood cell that plays a vital role in immunity, critical for countering stress,' says Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, Health's contributing nutrition editor."
Fish: Fish such as salmon, sardines, and anchovies have this substances called omega-3 fats and they play a role in your emotional well-being if they are consumed. There are a number of vendors, like Vital Choice, that have documented radiation free salmon. One study in Brain Behavior and Immunity showed a dramatic 20 percent reduction in anxiety among medical students taking omega-3, while past research has shown omega-3 fats work just as well as antidepressants in preventing the signs of depression, but without any of the side effects.
Besides chocolate, exercising is the quickest way to release endorphins and to relieve stress. Exercise doesn't necessarily mean power lifting at the gym or training for a marathon I think the main reason a lot of people refuse to exercise is because of the feeling of being tied down to eating certain foods and appearance it's understandable, I feel the same way but don't feel discouraged, Here's suggestions for those who are skeptically with this idea.
Dancing & Shaking: An easy way to do exercise is shaking and dancing, any desired vigorous movement can help the blood moving and can improve your mood almost instantaneously. It can be from head banging, shadow boxing, tap dancing or even wiggling your fingers and toes.
Aerobics: Aerobics such as zumba, running, spinning, and in-line roller-skating all have one thing in common which is an increased heart rate. High-energy activities help you feel better physically and mentally. Just be sure to check with your doctor before starting any high-intensity workouts, otherwise your body will be in harms-way.
Pilates: Pilates are mostly controlled movements and mat exercises they are designed to build your strength, flexibility, and endurance and to help keep you toned. Classes can be offered at gyms or you can always find dvd's to pop in.
Stress toys/Video games: Yes there are special types of toys that can help reduce stress, They are considered to exercise the finger muscles forearm muscles too. It can anything thing to dolls, foam, and the classic eye popper. I'd also classify video games under this category. Although most of them can cause some stress, for example Jump-scares and FPS, So whenever a video games stresses you out I'd suggest playing something relaxing like a rhythm game or maybe a simulator.
Everyone knows stress can cause you to lose sleep. Unfortunately, lack of sleep is also a key cause of stress. I myself have trouble sleeping from time to time, here's a list of ways to help you get a goodnight's sleep.
Turning off useless electronic devices: This can actually have two means, All electronic devices are useful but if it's a television set, lights and gaming devices, then that is definite nudge to turn off, but if you are using your cell phone as an alarm clock, or using your phone as an ASMR player or to listen to relaxing music, then that's acceptable.
Taking your pet to bed with you: Taking your fluffy little pal with you to bed can be helpful, and researchers have proven people who sleep with their cat or dog, it lower blood pressure levels and lowers heart ratings. I benefit from this factor, I feel a lot more comfortable when I have my dogs sleeping with me.
Have a small herbal garden: Believe or not plants can help with sleeping problems. Line your bedroom windowsill with lavender plants, pinch off some leaves before bed, and slip them into your pillowcase. Studies show that the effects of herbal fragrances such as lavender reduce stress levels. In one study people exposed to lavender showed an increase in the type of brain waves that suggest increased relaxation.
Laughter is one of the best types of medicines that you can take for yourself. The reason why is because laughter releases endorphins that improve mood and decreases the level of the stress-causing hormones cortisol and adrenaline. It also tricks your nervous system into making you happy. Here's a list of funny videos you can watch to help brighten up your day.
Classic Monty Python skits: Some Monty Python skits take the cake, Those brilliant comedians are so hilarious, you’ll soon be cracking up in no time, There are many out there but here's "The Ministry of Silly Walks."
Cat/Dog videos or Funny Youtubers: Any video with a cat or dog acting nutty is priceless Try not to laugh or grin at these the best you can. And if you are into watching YouTubers who have "let's play" content in and you watch them in a religious way then I'd recommend either watching Game Grumps, or Markipiler. They always make me laugh uncontrollably. As the words as the wise say "Laughter makes you live longer."
Television Shows/Movies: Watching funny shows or movies on tv or any network that streams shows is prefect when you are looking for a good laugh. I'd recommend watching "Parks And Recreation" I love that show and I always laugh when I re-watch episodes. Or watching the Ace Venturea, Pet Detective movies. They always make me laugh no matter what type of mood I'm in.
Having a creative outlet is the most positive thing everybody could ever use to mange stress, here's a bunch of suggestions that you should give a try.
Crafting: Arts and crafts have been proven to not only be fun but also relaxing, you could craft anything that your heart desires! Maybe your very own glitter jar, nebula jar or maybe a fairy jar. If you aren't interested in jars why not try slime, sand, balloons or maybe clay? Your options are endless! Just keep your eyes and mind open to ideas.
Painting, Sketching & Coloring books: Drawing or painting something can really make you think on what you'd like to creative, Most of the time I draw whenever I am stressed out about something. But if you can't really draw or paint anything there are always coloring books to color You can find them anywhere so you won't have a hard time finding them in your local store or super market. But if you are looking for a coloring book specifically to relieve stress then these are coloring books are perfect. This is a technique called "Guided Imagery." The body responds in essentially the same way to made-up imagery as it does to real experiences. Positive, relaxing images can be an effective tool for relieving stress.
Writing: Another activity that has endless possibilities, You could write poetry, lyrics, stories/fan-fiction or you write down your thoughts and feelings in a dairy or journal. You can also find them anywhere but if you are looking for something nicer why not try these lovely journals out? Recent research shows that journaling is an effective stress relief exercise, and people who write in a diary or other notebook reap both physical and emotional benefits, potentially increasing their longevity.
Hopefully these wonderful suggestions can help you out when you're having a stress filled day, don't worry things will be better.