Stress Awareness Day 2020 is an important day especially in the current times. During the lockdown the levels of stress and anxiety have increased as people have been staying at home. While not all stress is bad, if it gets too much and you want to know how to destress these are few things you should try:
1. Listen to Music
Music is a wonderful way to calm your nerves. Music slows your heart rate, lowers blood pressure and even decreases levels of stress hormones. Music that you love will also give your brain a feel-good rush of dopamine.
2. Watch Funny Videos
Much like music, laughter is another stress reliever. Laughter stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles. Even if you don’t actually find the video of your favourite comedian or viral video, just thinking about it will release endorphins and improve your mood.
3. Digital Detox
Our devices, when used correctly, can be really helpful to us. Yet checking your phone has been directly linked to the increasing stress levels. It’s always good to spend time away from your phone or even turn your phone off.
4. Positive Meditation
Slow, deep breathing is a good way to decrease tension and reduce the risk of heart diseases. Another thing that helps is truly focusing your mind on positive thoughts. Try closing your eyes and visualize a positive peaceful scene.
5. Go Out For A Walk
Take all the personal safety measures you can before you step out. Go out for a walk in the park and maybe meet a friend. Even a 10-minute walk loosens your muscles and releases endorphins to reduce stress hormones.
Stress is a natural human response but it doesn’t have to take over your life. With these steps you can learn how to destress at home. You could also listen to the Activ Living Podcast to get advice for health and mental well-being.