6 Ways to Relieve Stress and Anxiety
Expectations to react, respond, anticipate, and perform are at an all time high. Whether from your job or your social network, the pressure can affect you mentally and physically. You need a break from everything around you – to disconnect for a moment and relax. There is no denial of the importance of work. But, like all other things, the human mind works up to a point after which it loses its efficiency. The time to take a break and recharge your mind is before you reach that point! With a refreshed mind, you can realize your real potential. Here are some tips to help clear those stressful thoughts:
1) Stop and relax:
You don’t need long breaks to ease your mind. Just step away from work, look around you, and notice little things. This distraction can take the stress off your mind. Taking slow, deep breaths is a highly effective relaxation technique that can relieve intense moments of stress.
Reading a book is one of the fastest ways to reduce stress. Good books take you to a new place within no time and you forget about your surroundings. Psychologists believe that it takes only 6 minutes of reading to ease your muscles and release stress. So, keep a book handy so you can read a few pages when you want to escape.
3) Appreciate Nature:
If you take some time and just look around, you will see the beauty in the world around you. Go out and cherish the beauty. Look carefully at the intricacies of plants, trees, and flowers. Appreciating nature helps you connect to the present, the here and now, instead of thinking about the future.
4) Connect with Others:
Human beings are social creatures. If we don’t feel socially supported, we can feel stress and anxiety. So, spend more time with your family and friends – face to face – instead of spending time on social media. Sharing your feelings or problems, and laughing with others, is a great way to vent and it can lighten the burden of your woes.
5) Listen to Music:
Listening to music that relaxes your mind, is an effective way of releasing the stress. It can lift our mood and make us feel happy. Cells in our body vibrate at a natural frequency and stress can alter these frequencies. Listen to your favorite songs, turn up the volume and relax!
6) Stimulate your Vagus Nerve:
Stimulating your Vagus Nerve helps to quiet down the noisy, distracting thoughts that keep us from focusing on the task at hand and from being present in our situation. You can stimulate the Vagus Nerve through meditation and deep breathing techniques. Those who meditate regularly are able to quickly enter a more peaceful state through focused relaxation. You can also use electrical stimulation to stimulate the Vagus Nerve by using NERVANA, a vagus nerve stimulator that sends an electrical signal through earbud headphones to a branch of the vagus nerve in the ear.
We all need multiple tools in our toolkit – even for relaxation and stress relief! Use whatever method(s) work for you, in any combination, to recharge, refocus, and re-energize during your day.