Whether it’s work-related, financial problems, conflicts with your family or friends, every one of us have all experienced stress at some point in our lives. Each person has a different response to certain stressors and while some remain calm and positive, others may feel depressed, disturbed and unable to function. If you are one of the many individuals who are concerned about the level of stress in their daily lives, here are fun and unique ways to relieve, reduce and manage your situation.
Aromatherapy is the use of essential plant oils to enhance physical or psychological well-being. Certain aromas such as lavender and chamomile can help reduce your stress levels. It can be used through a diffuser or during bath and massage. (By the way, massage and warm bath have calming and stress-reduction effects too.
2. Color Therapy
Certain theories say that colors have a psychological effect that can affect one’s mood. Expression through art has long been proven to help a person relax and recently, Coloring books have been the most popular stress management tool among adults. So grab those colored pencils and color your stress away!
3. Laughter Therapy
Laughter decreases stress hormones and releases endorphins that can improve your move and overall sense of well-being. There are tons of ways to laugh more – watch comedies, laugh with friends or join a Laughter Therapy Class.
From cute pet videos to funny pranks to make you laugh or documentaries and movies that you can enjoy, you will surely forget about stress when you spend time watching Youtube videos all day.
5. Sing Your Heart Out
We all know how music can help you relax forget your worries away but make it even more fun by singing your heart out. No, you don’t need to be a diva to do this. Gather your friends for a Karaoke night or get yourself your own karaoke machine and sing at home. You see, singing also releases endorphins and promotes circulation by drawing more oxygen into your blood stream, thus reducing stress.
6. Just Dance
Exercise is a great way to reduce stress but instead of the usual workout, have fun and go dancing. There are a lot of dance classes that you can join like Zumba or Hip-hop, but you can dance at home with the help of Nintendo Wii and Just Dance games where you can choose from a bunch of songs and follow different levels of dance choreography from your TV screen.
Bottom line is, stress is normal, we just need to find the initiative to help ourselves and look for ways to manage and deal with it positively.