In this fast-moving world, anyone can be a victim of stress. While there are a lot of medicines and procedures that exist to tackle stress, Our busy schedules might not permit us to get the necessary help in time. However, did you know that there are so many easy techniques we can use to relieve our stress without spending any money on medicines or therapy?
Take a minute and find out this quirkiest, yet easiest way to handle your stress.
Use your fingers as a “reset” button.
Putting your thumb in your mouth and blowing on it can help you to de-stress. By blocking your air passage with your thumb, then exhaling you’ll activate your vagus nerve. This in turn will decrease your heart rate and blood pressure, making you feel more relaxed.
Does this sound too embarrassing to do this in public, not to worry, you can always try applying pressure to a point between your second and third knuckles. This can work as a sort of a reset button, to make you feel less stressed-out.
Believe it or not, Chewing gum can reduce stress both at work and outside work, according to a study. The results also showed that it can also reduce fatigue, anxiety, and depression.
Gaze at never-ending patterns.
What is never-ending patterns you may ask? Also Known as fractals, They can be seen in geometric shapes like shells, frost patterns on your window, spiderwebs, and flower petals. Many studies have shown that looking at them can reduce stress levels by up to 60%.
Keep a plant with you.
You may have seen this one in many modern-day offices. Not only can a plant be a decorative item on your work desk, it can also work as a stress-reliever as well. The presence of plants in an office space instantly lowers blood pressure, and even increases productivity.
Funny it may sound but Endorphins are chemicals that help you to relieve stress and when you laugh, you release these chemicals. Even if you’re faking laughter, it can create an effect on the inside that triggers the release of endorphins. It also increases oxygen in your organs and increases your blood flow.
Cry it out.
It may not sound real but actually, a good emotional cry is just what you need to reduce your stress. Stress “tightens muscles and heightens tension, so when you cry, you release some of that,” says Stephen Sideroff, a clinical psychologist.
Strike a pose.
Forget yoga classes, just drop everything for a second and strike a pose. You will feel a little more calm and ready to carry on with your tasks.
Get your head below your heart.
All you need to do is to get into position by bending and touching your feet while standing or getting on all fours. With your head below your heart, When the blood rushes to your head rather than your feet. This will have the effect of calming your mind, and therefore reducing stress.
Drink some Orange Juice.
If drinking orange juice is already a part of your morning routine, you’re off to a great start.
oranges are known for being rich in vitamin C and this may help people manage their stress more effectively. Vitamin C does this, in part, by lowering the levels of stress hormones like cortisol.
Blow up a balloon.
You need oxygen to help you relax. By blowing up a balloon, you’ll use your diaphragm to breathe more slowly and deeply. Your heart rate will also reduce and your muscles will relax.
Do the dishes.
The smell of the soap, the warmth of the water, the feel of the dishes, could decrease your nervousness by 27%. So if you’re feeling stressed out, it’s time to ditch the dishwasher and wash the dishes yourself.
Massage your ears.
Just like your fingers, your ears can be used as “reset” buttons in stressful situations. A study has proven that therapy, done on the ears, can reduce your anxiety levels rapidly.
Play with your pet.
Playing with pets helps release anti-stress brain chemicals into your body and your damaging stress hormones will be decreased. Also, your pet can help lower your blood pressure, make you feel less anxious, and even boost your immunity.
Physical touch releases oxytocin, which is a hormone that is linked to love and the formation of bonds. It provides a sense of security and calms down distressing emotions.
Have you ever tried any of these unconventional ways to deal with your stress? Did they work for you? Comment below…