You probably know that doing meditation is a great way to relieve stress and anxiety. How about when you do some form of exercise like yoga, a workout at the gym or even just going for a brisk walk? You usually feel pretty good afterwards, don’t you?
Well, this feeling of personal accomplishment is actually triggered by a release of hormones that fight stress and make you feel good about yourself. Taking frequent breaks throughout your day is also a great stress reliever but did you know there are a few other techniques that you can apply quickly to relieve stress and anxiety levels?
1 – Break Out the Nail Polish or Permanent Marker
Don’t worry men, you are not going to be painting your nails. Using nail polish, or some other type of permanent marking device, place a small dot of color on your cell phone, where you can’t miss it. Tell yourself this is a reminder to calm down and relax before you answer your phone. Seemingly endless telephone calls and text notifications can create high levels of stress. When you see that colored dot, pause, take a deep breath and smile before you answer your phone or text.
2 – Rubber Band Your Wrist
Have you ever seen someone with a rubber band around their wrist? Aside from being a possible fashion statement, they may be using this as a stress reliever. It is easy to condition yourself, and you can use a rubber band to do so. Every time you feel stressed or anxious, pull the rubber band away from your wrist and release, letting it give you a light snap on your arm. This attaches mild pain to stress and over time, can condition you to avoid the things which cause you to snap your wrist.
3 – Drink Orange Juice
The physiological process that happens inside your body when you ingest vitamin C naturally lowers stress levels. According to WebMD, just 2 glasses of orange juice each day can significantly lower your cortisol level. Cortisol is known as the stress hormone and regulating it can significantly reduce the possibility of stress.
4 – Start Chewing Gum
Chewing a stick of gum does more than freshen your breath. Research conducted by Dr. Andrew Scholey in 2008 shows that chewing gum can also “reduce anxiety and depression”. It also increases your alertness so keep some gum handy at home and at work.
5 – Blow Up a Balloon
This activity may draw stares at the office place but it’s a great way to relieve stress and anxiety symptoms. The deep breathing required to blow up a balloon calms you down. Besides, how can you feel stressed out and anxious when you are performing a fun, childlike activity like blowing up a balloon?
I hope that by trying these techniques you will discover one or more ways that will help you in keeping your stress levels and anxiety under control. Remember, if you feel that you are unable to manage your stress or anxiety symptoms and they are affecting your life, you should seek advice from your Doctor or Counsellor.