We all experience stress in our lives but do we take time to practice self care? Stress relief is important. It allows us to rejuvinate, and re-compose ourselves. Relaxing and self care reduces the built up stress from our everyday routine and gives us a renewed feeling. With less stress we restore motivation and ability to put more effort in our lives which can improve the quality of our days. Here are some very simple ways to reduce stress.
We can engage our senses in many effective stress relief activities.
Sometimes we need visual stimulation to relax our mind and encourage positive and refreshing cognitive processes.
Read a book
Watch a nice movie
Flip through an album
Certain scents can increase and stimulate relaxation. A nice smell can even evoke happy memories.
Burn a scented candle
Use aromatherapy oils
Take a walk through the park
Smell the flowers
Visit the beach
Relax your muscles by engaging your sense of touch. This can physically relief stress and tension.
Wear warm and soft clothes
Get a massage
Plant a garden
Take a nice long stroll
Relieve built up emoitons, thoughts and feelings through your sense of speech. Being more verbal can communicate your feelings to others and you can get extra help if necessary
Talk to someone
Engage in deep breathing
Speak positive affirmations
Cry if you need to
Listening to certain sounds can increase relaxation and reduce stressful thoughts. Certain sounds can be found in the natural environment if you are mindful enough to find them.
A favourite radio programme
A positive speech
These are some simple, natural and inexpensive ways to reduce the build up of stress and tension from our regular routine. It really is nice to take a step back sometimes an unwind. Sometimes a good talk, a movie, family time, a day spend with friends and more can do an amazing job in unwinding us from all the work we put out.
What are some de-stressing activities that work for you? Tell us in the comments so someone else can try them too 🙂