Hey guys! So today I wanted to talk about something that most of us forget to do from time to time: step back and relax. With so much to do, finding time to unwind and recharge can be difficult. With work or school and hectic social lives, proper relaxation takes the back seat. Sometimes we think we don’t deserve to take a break but knowing how to relax is vital for our well-being and it also helps with restoring the passion and joy in our lives. A spa weekend might be just the thing to help us calm our nerves but there isn’t always time for that! Here are 13 activities that could help you relax and relieve stress in just a few minutes!
1. SIP ON SOME GREEN TEA
Green Tea is known for helping with weight loss by boosting metabolism or providing a reduced risk of heart disease, but what does it do for your mood? Green Tea is packed with L-Theanine, an amino acid shown to promote a state of calm awareness. Green Tea does have caffeine though, so you might want to try the decaffeinated one if you are looking to calm down.
2. SNACK ON CHOCOLATE
People everywhere love chocolate. Just a square of the addictive sweet stuff can calm your nerves. The healthiest option -dark chocolate- not only stabilises your metabolism but it is an aid for combatting foul moods and stress by increasing serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain.
3. CHEW GUM
A stick of flavoured gum is a surprisingly quick and easy way to relieve stress. Just a few minutes of chomping on a piece of chewing gum can actually reduce anxiety and improve your mood. Studies show that on top of that, chewing gum can also increase alertness and blood flow in the brain.
No need to go on a retreat in the mountains. Find a comfortable and quiet place, concentrate on your breath and let those anxieties disappear. Five minutes of silent meditation is all it takes to relieve stress and depression.
Is there any simpler way to relax? Slow, deep breaths can help lower blood pressure and heart rate. Controlled breathing keeps the body and mind functioning at their best, promoting feelings of calm and relaxation.
6. USE CREATIVE VISUALISATION
Daydreams, also known as creative visualisation involve generating mental images of something that makes us feel happy, with our eyes closed or open. This cognitive process is an instant mood boost for when we’re feeling tense.
7. GET ORGANISED
We all get frustrated when we can’t find what we are looking for because our space is not organised. Clothes on the floor, a stack of papers all over the desk: a cluttered space could be contributing to stress. Take the time to organise your bedroom, workplace or wherever you are. This way you won’t feel overwhelmed and afraid that you might lose important things.
We all go through days that are significantly more stressful than others. A good way to relax during such difficult times is to stretch. Standing up for a quick stretch not only helps you unwind but it also can relieve muscle tension.
9. WRITE THINGS DOWN
So you may not be a writer, a blogger, or a person who likes to keep journals but just putting your emotions down on a piece of paper can make them seem less intimidating. Evaluate how you feel and what you’re thinking and watch what it does to your well-being and peace of mind.
10. LISTEN TO YOUR FAVOURITE SONG
Sometimes singing along to your favourite tune makes everything better. If you are in a public place, just listening to music can be a quick fix to a bad mood. Slow, quiet, classical music can be especially relaxing because it helps slowing the pulse and heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing the levels of stress hormones.
Dance (and movement in general) has become an effective tool for treating symptoms of anxiety. Research shows that people feel less anxious after a few months of modern dance. If taking classes is out of your comfort zone, dancing for five minutes a day in your own space helps too.
Laughter may sound like a silly way to beat stress, but there is science behind it: it can increase blood flow and boost immunity. So whenever you need a quick pick-me-up, have a laugh…look for a funny video on Youtube or keep a book of jokes handy.
13. TALK TO A FRIEND
Talkative people tend to be happier in general. Whenever something is bothering you, it can help to share your feelings with someone you trust. So call a family member or a friend and start venting.
What are your favourite ways to relax?