Stress is the number one enemy of most of our lives. Given that we live in such a fast-paced world where every situation feels like the weight of the world is being put on our shoulders, we tend to let stress affect our everyday life. The negative effects of stress can range from headaches, fatigue, anxiety, and even bad behavior. What we do with all the stress we accumulate is very important, so it doesn’t take over our lives. Here are 5 great ways to release stress.
Whether you think of yourself as a great writer or not a good one at all, sometimes putting our thoughts into written words helps us unwind. Stress is one of the biggest side effects of how much we overthink things. However, holding in the things that upset you will eventually cause them to boil over into an angry outburst.
Writing can mean anything from literary writings to poems to just having a place where all your thoughts, experiences, worries, or fears go. After all, any negative emotion can be turned into art.
If words are not your ideal way of expressing things because, as F.R. David said, „words don’t come easy”, you might find painting an easier to release stress. Again, we can’t all be Vincent van Gogh, but that’s the beauty of painting – it really doesn’t matter how accurate or perfect it is as long as it expresses emotion. In the words of the beloved Bob Ross when painting there can only be “happy little accidents”.
Let the inspiration come to you and your brush guide your way as you paint your ideal work of art.
Going for walks
Especially during this time, we tend to spend more and more time in our houses. In fact, more than we’ve ever spent before. And even though you may not realize it, that every day walks to the bus station, school, work, or any place that was part of your routine, literally meant a breath of fresh air for you and your brain. This helped you be more energized and kept your brain functioning at its normal levels and pace.
Now, we tend to stay cooped up in our homes most days. Our daily walk has turned into a walk to the table to get our laptop. However, lack of oxygen can have serious effects like headaches, dizziness, confusion which ultimately make it harder for us to concentrate. Including going for a walk into your daily routine again could help you release stress and feel more invigorated, motivated, and inspired to do your work.
Most people have a lot of preconceptions when it comes to meditating. However, I’m here to tell you to go into it with an open mind and trust the process.
According to BrainFacts.org “various studies demonstrate the practice can help relieve stress — as well as manage anxiety, reduce inflammation, and improve memory and attention.” Meditating can help boost positive feelings, emotional stability and make you more focused in your daily life activities. There’s really no downside to concentrating on attracting positivity as a new practice in your life.
If you’re unsure of how to meditate, I suggest you either use specialized Apps or follow along with a Youtube video that will guide you through the process. I think it’s worth a shot.
Taking to someone
Living so isolated from the normal world for so long has had a negative effect on how we interact with people. Not being able to interact with people on a daily basis has made us more anxious to talk to other people. Which can in itself cause major stress. But reconnecting with people can make you feel less stressed about life. Talking to someone about your problems, whether that be a specialist, or a friend can help you work through your issues.
Even listening to some else’s problems can make you feel like you’re not the only one going through it. And if you’re able to, try to meet up with people as much as you can. Regaining the part of your life where you used to meet and talk to people in person can make your life feel “normal” and less stressful again.
Stress is a very serious issue that we, unfortunately, encounter more and more in our daily lives. These are just a few ways to help you release the daily tension. However, if you feel you’re very overwhelmed, you should consider talking to a specialist about your problems. There’s no shame in getting help and taking care of yourself.