Contrubited by: Keenan Connery
Try Progressive Relaxation:
go all the way from your fingers to your toes, releasing each muscle group in your body (your lower arms, upper arms, chest, back, abdominals, face, etc.) because once your body is able to relax, your mind will soon be able to relax..
if stress has you anxious, tense and/or worried, consider trying meditation. Spending even a few minutes in meditation can restore your calmness and inner peace
taking a deep breath has been shown to lower cortisol levels, which can help reduce stress and anxiety. Breathing deeply also relaxes the mind and body and brings clarity and helps to clear the uneasy feelings from your body.
Listen to music:
music has a unique link to our emotions and therefore it can be an effective stress management tool. Music has been found to improve the body's immune system and reduces stress. Music also reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Laugh it off:
laughter increases the endorphins that are released by your brain, therefore triggering a feel-good effect. It also activates and relieves your stress response. A lively laugh starts up and then cools down your stress response and increases your heart rate and blood pressure and the result is... a good, relaxing, feeling! Laughter also can stimulate circulation and help in muscle relaxation, which both help to reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress!
Do an Art Project:
art therapy can potentially reduce stress-related behaviors and symptoms, and it can take your mind away from what is stressing you out.
Take a Walk:
a quiet, meditative stroll can do wonders for stress relief! Walking can help you recapture a calmer and more centered state of mind.
Write it Out:
keeping a journal may help to relieve stress-related symptoms due to its meditative and reflective effects. Also, a gratitude journal can help you to put things into perspective during stressful, or non-stressful times.
a study found that drinking black tea leads to lower post-stress cortisol levels and a greater feeling of relaxation.
trying to keep your memory sharp? Try getting plenty of sleep. Lack of sleep will throw your whole system off balance. If you're feeling stressed out, getting enough sleep should be one of your top priorities. After all, Rest = Better than Stress!