Do you ever feel like you’re losing your mind? You’re not alone. Stress can be a daily struggle for many people. We all know that stress is bad for us, but it’s hard to find time to do anything about it.
No matter how busy you are, there are simple things you can do every day that will help relieve some of your stress and stop the cycle of negative thoughts.
Basics for releasing emotional stress
Maybe it’s time to take a break. You don’t have to sit in silence or walk away from your responsibilities, but you may need to find a way to relax and recharge.
If you’re feeling anxious, try exercising. Exercise can be beneficial for both physical and emotional well-being, so it could help relieve some of your stress.
Exercise is a great option because it’s accessible for everyone, regardless of their work schedule or budget. It doesn’t require any special equipment and has the benefit of being low-cost and easy on the body—so you won’t break your bank account trying to find relief from stress.
If you’re looking for something more passive that also helps relieve stress, meditate or do yoga. These types of activities are relaxing without requiring too much effort on your part. They also have the benefit of being very affordable and are easily accessible online so you don’t have to worry about scheduling time with a personal trainer or instructor.
Get some rest!
Stress comes from a variety of sources. You might be under stress because you’re constantly running around and trying to do everything on your to-do list, or you might feel stressed because you just can’t find time for yourself.
Whatever the source, taking a break will help relieve some of that pressure. And even if it’s only for a few minutes, you’ll be able to recharge and get back on track.
Heading outside for a quick walk is a great way to take in some fresh air and reduce stress levels. If it’s been awhile since you’ve had the chance to escape from your work environment, try doing something different today. Take up a new hobby or find an activity that interests you that doesn’t require much thought and allows your mind to wander without focusing on anything specific.
Make time for your hobbies and passions
Some of the most effective ways to relieve stress are by taking time for yourself. This can be hard for people who are busy, but it’s important.
You might have time during your commute to listen to a podcast or read a book in between meetings, or you might have time and space in your office to take a short walk. It doesn’t matter what works for you as long as you find something that works—and trust me, it will make all the difference.
Another way to calm down is to focus on your hobbies and passions outside of work. You could spend some time playing with your dog, cooking up a new recipe, or going for a hike with friends. Whatever reinvigorates you will also help release some of that emotional stress you’re feeling while at work and throughout the day.
One of the most overlooked things to reduce stress is eating healthily. Eating a healthy diet will provide your body with all the nutrients it needs and make you feel better emotionally. It’s also important to not eat too much sugar, which can cause blood sugar levels to spike and make you feel more anxious.
In addition to eating well, drinking lots of water can help you release some of your emotional stress. Stress can cause your body to hold on to water because it’s a natural defense mechanism. Everyone should be drinking at least eight glasses of water each day for optimized health.
Practice deep breathing
Deep breathing is a simple and effective way to slow down your heart rate, release tension and manage stress levels.
To practice deep breathing with your eyes closed, inhale deeply through your nose and exhale slowly through your mouth.
To practice deep breathing with your eyes open, take five long slow deep breaths without taking any air in between. This will help you focus on each breath and fill up more of the lungs than usual.
When you’re done with your five breaths, take a few normal breaths to help calm yourself down before starting again.
Scream it out (in a towel)
Do you feel like you’re just not in a good place? You might be experiencing anxiety or depression, which is why it’s important for you to try and release the negative energy.
One way to do that is by screaming — preferably in a towel. This will reduce straining your vocal chords.
Many people find that screaming really helps them blow off some steam and process the stress they’ve been experiencing. It can also help you feel more positive in the long run. So, if you’re feeling especially stressed out and need to get your thoughts together, take a deep breath, grab a towel, roll it, and give it all you got!
Laugh and make others laugh.
Laughing is one of the best ways to reduce stress. When you’re laughing, your brain releases dopamine and serotonin, which helps to relieve tension. It also releases endorphins—the body’s natural painkillers.
When you laugh with friends or co-workers, it helps to create positive social energy that creates a sense of trust between people. Laughter can be contagious and can help create a feeling of belonging in an otherwise stressful environment.
So the next time you feel like your day is getting too much, try laughing!