Stressors come from all around us. For example, a bad day at work, an argument with a partner, or worrying about money. It sometimes feels like the world is caving in around you, and you don’t know what to do. You are not alone. Recent studies find that 33% of people experience extreme stress. However, there are simple and effective ways to reduce stress at home because you are powerful. You can immediately change your environment and feelings. Just take a step back, assess the situation, and do something to improve clarity.
Inhale Essential Oils
Aromatherapy is a growing market. And while one can debate the medical benefits of pleasant odors, there is no doubt essential oils make you feel better. Lavender, Chamomile, and Jasmine are well-known for their sleep-inducing, calming, and relaxation properties. CBD oil is also becoming popular for use with essential oil diffusers. Although CBD oil is made from cannabis, it’s not the same as grabbing a roll from your joint case. CBD is taken in small doses, and benefits include epilepsy treatment, serotonin balance, and endometriosis relief.
Perform Light Exercise
Similar to aromatherapy and CBD, physical movement is proven to release more serotonin as you exercise. A decrease in serotonin is known to cause severe anxiety and depression. Serotonin must be balanced to alleviate these issues. Otherwise, the effects of cortisol lead to mental health issues and increased stress. Any exercise will release serotonin, but light exercise such as jogging outdoors will add a calming aspect as you clear your mind.
Keep a Personal Diary
In terms of clearing your mind, keeping a diary or journal has excellent psychological benefits. A journal helps you get specific negative thoughts out of your mind and bring the subconscious to the fore. Some of the proven benefits of journaling include:
*Keeping track of goals and aspirations.
*Self-confidence through realization.
*Improved communication skills.
*Stress and anxiety reduction.
Some psychologists also recommend keeping a dream journal next to your bed. You typically forget dreams quickly, so write a dream down as soon as you can. This way, you can look over it later and ponder the meaning.
Listen to Your Favorite Music
It doesn’t get much worse for some people than being subjected to someone else’s idea of good music. Yet, whether you enjoy thrash metal or Chopin, music is one of the oldest and most effective methods of reducing stress. Although your favorite music will increase serotonin, studies have shown that types are better than others at calming you down. For example, a faster beat with uplifting music generates feelings of optimism. In contrast, music with a slower tempo will relax you further.
Laugh with Friends and Family
When times are tough, you are blessed to turn to good friends and a loving family. It is helpful to remember not everyone has that option. That fact alone should provide excellent comfort. If you feel particularly down, stressed, or you had a bad day, take some time to play with your children, do something nice with your partner or call your best friend. Covid-19 related stress highlighted just how isolated and lonely millions of people actually are. When you call someone or pop around for a chat, they will likely be just as happy to hear from you.
Always Remember You’re Beautiful!