Walk it Off. Brisk-walking for at least 30 minutes is a simple exercise that will help you shift your focus from stressful thoughts and give your mind a boost by stimulating the brain to produce endorphins.
Let Your Pet Take Care of You. Have you asked yourself why it never fails to make you feel good when you’re petting your dog? This simple act can do wonders for your health; you feel good because serotonin, oxytocin, and prolactin, which are feel-good hormones, are released by your body while stress hormones, blood pressure, and anxiety are reduced.
Smell the Grass. Some studies have shown that freshly mown grass releases chemicals that help prevent the brain from releasing stress hormones. Next time you mow the lawn, take time to appreciate the clean smell of newly cut grass.
Drink your Vitamin C. if it’s not yet a regular part of your daily diet, start drinking orange juice or grapefruit juice with at least one meal every day. The vitamin C does not only boost your immune system; it also helps reduce stress hormone levels.
Chew it Off. Scientists have found that chewing gum serves more than to give you fresh breath; it also helps improve mental performance while you’re completing a task, reduce stress, and prevent depression, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol levels.
Have a Dose of Laughter. It’s true what they say: laughter is the best medicine, especially for stress. When you laugh, you increase blood flow to your organs, enriching them with oxygen. At the same time, your stress hormone levels are decreased. So whenever you feel stressed, or just for the simple fun of it, have some family or friends over and share some giggles or belly busting laughter while watching your favorite comedy.
Let Music Soothe You. Sing softly to yourself or belt it out in the shower, your car, or the kitchen. You don’t have to be a great singer; you don’t even have to know how to carry a tune. Singing, according to choral members, always helps improve their mood and reduce their stress.
Soak Up Sweet Smells. Dim the lights, sit or lie comfortably, close your eyes, and deeply breathe in the relaxing scents wafting from your lavender or rosemary oil or candle. These aromas, as well as the simple act of deep breathing, help reduce stress levels, promote calmness, and improve blood circulation.
Unclutter Your Life. Most anything that can be overwhelming can also stress you. If you are physically surrounded by clutter, it can make locating things difficult and you end up getting stressed. Spend one or two hours uncluttering a shelf, a drawer, or a room. In addition to giving you a feeling of satisfaction afterwards, the activity also counts as exercise; you can burn at least 250 calories in an hour simply by organizing and sorting through your stuff.
Kill it with Intimacy. Sex does more than fulfill a physical and emotional need; it also helps relieve stress, lower blood pressure, promote better sleep, and improve self-esteem.