Releasing stress is quite a hot topic with hundreds of pieces of advice on the topic, but often the experts disregard unconventional ways to de-stress and release your pent up tension which can have an effect on your day to day life. This article will provide advice and guidance on the topic.
Massage your ears
A nice release of endorphins is a great way to release stress from your system, and can be achieved naturally and with ease by massaging your ears.
Not only does it feel great, but it’s also medically proven to help you release stress. The best part of massaging your ears is that it can be done anywhere, at any time and only takes a few minutes for the effects to come through, meaning that you can have a little escape whenever you need one.
Take yourself back to the first grade by finger painting. It may be messy but it sure is fun and you’ll be able to enjoy yourself for an extended period of time, making it even easier to release stress over the long term whilst creating your next masterpiece!
People consider finger painting as a child’s activity, so if you’re slightly self-conscious about it, why not spend some extra time with your children and help them paint their favourite animal.
Not only will you have a great time and release some stress but you’ll be able to make your child happy in the process, a win win situation.
Get rid of the clutter
A clean environment means a clean mind, making it easier to focus on what’s important in your life. If you’re having trouble at work which can make you stressed out, clean out the most cluttered part of your house or apartment.
This is great for two reasons: you’ll be able to get rid of your stress through physical exertion which will be the same as if you went to the gym for stress relief, but you also get to have a clean and tidy house in the process, making your environment more enjoyable.
The power of laughter
If you’re a fan of romantic comedy films, hilariously bad films or even stand-up comedy, it may be time to invest in some me-time to start releasing some stress.
Snuggle up with your partner if you have one and stick on your favourite comedy film, it’s easy to release stress whilst you’re laughing so why ignore this incredibly easy option?
You’ll be able to get over a tough day within a short period of time whilst enjoying yourself at the same time, making it easier to help yourself through a tough period.
Make a list of things to do and don’t do them
Now this may seem counterproductive, but it really does work. Procrastinate from some minor responsibilities to make sure that you’re keeping relaxed.
Browse the internet, stick a move on and spend some time reading a book in bed instead of rushing to do the washing up on a Friday night.
You’ll be able to instantly notice the effects as you start to release tension built up through the day. This tip should be ignored if you only have major responsibilities like completing the yearly report for work or picking your kids up from school, you probably shouldn’t ignore those to watch Frozen.
Be brutally honest with people instead of hiding behind false feedback
Don’t laugh at people’s jokes if they aren’t funny. If you get stressed by the same co-worker coming up to you with another terrible joke, why laugh at the joke?
You encourage them to keep coming back and get more laughs from you because of the feedback, so be brutally honest with them and you’ll start to tackle the stress problem at the source rather than solving the symptoms.
Dance in the rain
Put on the oh-so-famous song and head out into the rain. Act silly for once instead of taking everything so seriously, you don’t need to push yourself to be an adult all of the time and a little stress relief from dancing in the rain can go a long way. Get the whole family involved, make it a tradition!
Instead of spending money on a vacation, enjoy your home
People spend thousands every year on a vacation to a different country. Why not invest that into improving your house and then staying there over the summer instead, you’ll have a gorgeous home and you’ll be able to enjoy it more often!