5 Uncommon Ways to Reduce Stress
You probably know that meditation is a great stress-reliever. You also realize that when you exercise, and afterwords, you feel great. This feeling of personal accomplishment is actually triggered by a release of hormones that fight stress and make you feel good about yourself. Additionally, the power of taking frequent breaks throughout your day is a commonly known stress-reliever as well.
So, what happens if you try all of these and other well known stress busters, and you are still feeling anxious, and stressed out?
Perhaps you should try some proven, little-known techniques for reducing the amount of stress in your life. Take the following lesser-known steps for stress-relief and you will experience more peace and tranquility, and less anxiety, in your daily routine.
*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 stairs at the office place, but it works great for relieving stress. 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?