Everyone has different kinds of stress in life, whether academically from school, socially from relationships, or economically from work. Some people spend lots of money to travel all the way to a foreign and faraway island to de-stress. Instead of escaping stress, here are some easy ways to cope with stress that you can do anytime and anywhere.
Pop a few pieces of gum into your mouth and chew your stress away. Researchers find that chewing a piece of gum not only freshens your breath but has been scientifically proven to reduce stress. When you chew gum, levels of the stress hormone cortisol is reduced. Gum can also relieve anxiety, increase alertness, and improve performance when you multitask. So chewing a piece of gum is a convenient and easy way for anyone to destress. Maybe you don’t have the time to exercise, hike, travel, meditate, or do yoga, but you can drop by 7-11s and Family Marts on the way home and buy some cheap and tasty gum.
- Classical Music
Turn up the music for Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, and other classical composers. Researchers find that slow, quiet, and classical music calms the mind, slows the heart rate, lowers blood pressure, and lowers levels of stress hormones. The most effective music to destress the mind is to listen to Native American, Celtic, Indian stringed instruments, drums, and flutes. You can also listen to sounds of rain, thunder, and nature mixed with light jazz and classical music to de-stress. Thankfully, other than improving your mood, classical music can also boost your IQ scores, which is called the Mozart Effect. But unfortunately, this effect only lasts up to 15 minutes. Instead of EDM, search some classical music on Youtube and get your homework done before the effect wears off.
You can destress yourself through acupressure, in which you apply physical pressure to acupuncture points on your hands. One acupuncture point that reduces stress and calms you down is the area between your thumb and forefinger. Another hand trick is called the Naam Yoga Hand technique. Try this technique by applying pressure to the area between your second and third knuckle. By pinching these two areas, you can relieve anxiety and stress. You don’t need to go to a professional to get a hand massage, rather you can easily relieve stress by pressing on these acupuncture points yourself.
- Go Outside
Go outside to get a dose of fresh air and soak in the sunshine. Research has shown that fresh air can boost endorphins and help you relax. In addition, research has also found that the sunshine is restorative, which means that it can decrease the sleep hormone melatonin and increase serotonin, which takes a major role in mood, happiness, and anxiety. As a result, increasing levels of serotonin promotes happiness. Even if you only have a few minutes a day, take a walk when you have lunch break, extra time between classes, or just open the window and breathe in some fresh air. By going outside, you can refocus, reenergize, and de-stress.
- Dark Chocolate and Green Tea
Take a short break, grab a chocolate bar, and dive in all the chocolatey goodness. Dark chocolate lowers the level of stress hormone cortisol and destresses the mind. Dark chocolate contains antioxidants called flavonoids, which have a relaxing effect. By eating dark chocolate, you can also fight heart disease and reduce the chances of cancer. Add a bonus to your treat and drink some green tea. Green tea has an amino acid called Theanine, which reduces anxiety and promotes relaxation. Dark chocolate and green tea is a good and bittersweet combination for an afternoon or midnight snack when you’re feeling overwhelmed with stress.
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