Here is a follow-up to the earlier blog post Stress Relief Part 1. Having a healthy body is only part of the picture, in this post you will read about how to reduce mental stress. There are many ways you can de-stress and here are a few options that may work for you:
– There are many emotional benefits to meditating. It helps to increase self-awareness, focus on the present, and reduce negative emotions. “When you meditate, you clear away the information overload that builds up every day and contributes to your stress.” (Mayo Clinic)
– Coloring has become a trend among adults across the nation as a means to help reduce stress and anxiety. You can’t deny that diving back into a childhood activity might make you stop thinking about all your adult responsibilities for a little while, but what’s the real reason it’s so effective? “Because it’s a centering activity, the amygdala, which is the part of the brain that is involved with our fear response, actually gets a bit, a little bit of a rest,” Michaelis said, “and it ultimately has a really calming effect over time.” (Fox News)
Listen to Music
– Whether you are playing an instrument, dancing, singing, or just listening to your favorite tunes, it’s undeniable that music can have a profound effect on your mood. “American Music Therapy Association, has shown music to be effective in managing stress, promoting physical rehabilitation, memory enhancement, emotional expression, pain management and better communication.” (Sound-Mind)
– Procrastination is not about being lazy or just having poor time management skills. One might also procrastinate due to low self-confidence, too busy, or just being overwhelmed. If you are a chronic procrastinator, don’t worry, there’s hope!
Spend Time with Pets
– So let’s be clear, we’re not recommending that you run right out and adopt a new pet. If you don’t already have one, the added responsibility of taking care of one in an already stressful situation is just going to exasperate the problem. If you already have pets it can be very relaxing to cuddle up with them, or enjoy a game with their favorite toy. If you don’t have a pet try volunteering at your local animal shelter, visiting a friend’s pet, or some colleges even offer therapy dog sessions where they bring in trained stress relievers usually during final weeks.
Read a Book
– Reading a book you enjoy, just for fun, can help reduce stress. “Simply by opening a book, you allow yourself to be invited into a literary world that distracts you from your daily stressors. Reading can even relax your body by lowering your heart rate and easing the tension in your muscles.” (University of Minnesota)