7 Easy Things to Do to Relieve Anxiety and Stress
This article explores some quick, easy, and natural methods to help relieve your stress and anxiety. To see the best results, try practicing these activities regularly.
Easy Ways to Relieve Anxiety and Stress
- Perform simple exercises
- Watch a comedy movie or go to a stand up comedy show
- Play a game
- Listen to music
- Go on a picnic
1. Simple Exercises
Simple exercises, such as walking, cycling, and jogging are easy to do. They don’t put a lot of pressure on your body and you can go at your own pace. Not only does it help to release natural chemicals in your body that fight against stress and anxiety, it also keeps the body fit—especially your heart and joints. If you are not an exercise fanatic, but wish to remain healthy while diminishing your anxiety, you can do these simply exercises at least two to three times daily.
Exercises That Reduce Stress
2. Watch a Comedy Movie or Go to a Stand Up Comedy Show
Who doesn’t love a good laugh? Laughter has proven to reduce stress hormones. Laughter is good medicine. It fosters good health and togetherness among friends (and even strangers). Laughter triggers healthy emotional and physical changes in the body, which suppress anxiety and depression. It boosts your mental and physical immune system, creating a much healthier attitude towards illness. Having a humorous mind helps in handling day-to-day activities. Even though we live in a serious world, you need to appreciate the lighter side of those serious activities to live a happier life.
3. Play a Game
Games can be fun and can provide good exercise. But, if you do not enjoy playing games that require excessive physical activity (such as football, netball, frisbee, table tennis, or games of that sort), you can play fun board games that get your mind thinking. These games can reduce your stress levels. There are many fun board games (such as twister, Loaded Questions, and Balder Dash) that can make you smarter and take your mind off of stressful thoughts.
4. Listen to Music
Music is great medicine. That said, you'll have to be careful which songs you listen to. Some sad ones may end up sinking you deeper into your sadness. Find music that makes you feel good.
Did you know that music is such a powerful tool for fighting anxiety and depression that it is used as a stress reliever in some hospitals? The good thing about music being a stress reliever is that you can listen to it anywhere. You can listen at work, while in transit, while exercising, or at home when you're relaxing or doing chores.
Go drop some legs on the dance floor! Get your energy flowing and kill those stress and anxiety hormones. Listen, not everyone is a good dancer, but who cares? Dance is proven to help reduce stress. Fling those hands in the air, move those legs, and swing those hips and butts. Dancing is a form of exercise and has the same effect on your mind as jogging or other light exercises. Dancing releases natural chemicals in your body that fight against stress and anxiety.
I have lived with someone who suffers from anxiety and stress for many years. In that time, I've learned that the best way to provide that person relief is to help them refocus their energy towards something productive and relaxing. Gardening is great for relieving stress. Observing nature's beauty can help reduce stress and promote positive thinking. Gardening is fun and easy, and once you're garden is in place, it makes you feel connected to nature. It provides something beautiful for you to look at when the ugliness of the world rears its head.
7. Go on a Picnic
Take a drive, find a nice beautiful park, lay out your basket of goodies, pop out a funny book, and have a stress-free, fun, and relaxing day. If you don’t want to have a lot of people around, there are places that have more seclusion than others. You can look up good picnic places online. Eating good food in the sunshine is a great way to reduce stress.
Conclusion on Anxiety Disorder and Stress Relief.
When you're suffering from stress and anxiety, the best way of getting relief is not by sitting around in a dark room and sulking. You must find the strength to get up and do something to get yourself out of that state (even if it's for just a short time). It's been proven that prolonged stress and anxiety can have long-term effects on your mind and body. Long-term stress can drastically shorten your life. Some people resort to excessive alcohol consumption and have begun to indulge in drugs, such as pills, smoking, and other narcotics.
Anxiety disorders, stress, and depression can really take a toll on an individual's mind and body. Try the methods above and see which ones work best for you.
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 Clive Williams