No matter what you do, there are times when you feel the stress levels are going too high to bear with, and you just want to unwind and relax yourself. Have you tried that acquarium watching for stress relief, which I wrote in my previous post? Well, besides that, there are other stress relief techniques and products which can help you. If you are really over exerting yourself, if you find everything difficult to cope with, if you feel depressed, then try these easy stress relief tips.
Take a relaxing bath: This is a very easy way to relieve yourself of stress. Close the door and forget about everything else for an hour or so. And if your bathroom has a bathtub, then nothing like it. Add bath salt, some nicely fragrant foam and have a wonderful bubble bath. Add good music if you want. Such a bath helps to increase levels of calmness and the calmer we feel, the less likely we are to get stressed out. This is indeed a luxurious way to find stress relief.
Take a day or two off from your busy schedule: Just go our somewhere for some peace and quiet for a day or better still a weekend or a week. Take a journal, relax and gather your thoughts. If it is not possible to go out, then stay at home only but only to yourself, with strict instructions not to be disturbed by outsiders. Distance from problems can bring clarity. Just sit somewhere quietly , observe the beauty around you, may be the birds, the sky, the flowers or better still a beach and see the calm water. By spending some quiet moments all together by yourself can bring stress relief almost instantly.
What about a massage?: Find stress relief and feel great by indulging in massage. A good massage can help you to get rid of all the stress. It can improve the blood circulation of the body, which also helps to drive away all the pain in the body. Share a massage with your partner. Create a romantic atmosphere by softening the lights and have oils and towels to hand. Or else treat yourself to a massage from a professional masseur.
Aromatherapy: This has been an age-old technique used for combating stress. There exists several aromatherapy products like aromatherapy candles, aromatherapy bath salts and aromatherapy oils like chamomile, jasmine, orange, lemon, sandalwood which are known to have different soothing properties and creating positive emotions. Aromatherapy thus helps in driving away the blues and leaves you feeling fresh and relaxed.
Worry beads / Rosary beads / Jaap mala : This is a very traditional method used for meditation, praying and stress relief. In India, popularly known as jaap mala, made of rudraksh beads in string, it is used by both men and women. You just hold them in your hand so that they encircle you fingers and "count" the beads by pulling them downward with your thumb. It doesn't matter if you count numerically or just say a mantra or affirmation with each count. Usually there are 16, 23, 27, 56 or 108 beads. In Greece, these beads are known as komboloi worry beads. They started as prayer-counting beads for Greek monks but today they have made their way into everyday use around the world. The prayer beads need to be moved in rhythm with the breath and the mantra, and hence both sleep as well as excessive mental distraction are prevented by this action upon the beads.
Spend a week without watching any television: Many think that by watching TV, you are relaxing yourself. But this is not always true. TV can fill your mind with negativity. Violence, war, famines, disasters, murders, soap operas- the list is endless. Continually watching such things will cause you no end of stress! Instead read a book, listen to music, go for a walk, socialize, workout, or try your hand at something new.
Party time : If you are not very calorie conscious, then just get in your favorite nibbles like tortillas, chips, cheese, pizza, chocolate, cookies, ice cream etc. Crack open a bottle of wine or pour yourself a beer or two and spend a full evening watching your favorite funny films . Finding stress relief through laughter will raise your spirits and is a great way to bring down the pressures of modern life.
The above stress relief tips are very easy to implement. Try it. And see how stress levels drop, relieving you from stress, depression and anxiety. Give them a try and watch your mood levels changing in a better way.