10 Uncommon But Surprisingly Effective Ways To Relieve Stress
Stress is a fact of life. Thankfully, over the years we’ve discovered countless approaches to relieving stress. We’ve all heard that exercise and sufficient sleep are critical for keeping stress levels down, but there are many other unexpected ways to do so. Here are ten odd ways to relieve stress.
We carry a lot of tension in our jaw. Chewing gum stretches this area out and acts as a workout for our jaw muscles. As with other forms of exercise, this gives us a much-needed release. Chewing gum is doubly effective because you can simultaneously pursue other stress-relief activities, like our next entry.
Sound boring? Good. Going through mundane and straightforward tasks such as doing the dishes or folding laundry helps to calm us down. The familiarity of the structure that it provides is key to combating the chaos of daily life. If you’re looking for something more fun, you might enjoy the next entry.
For many people, it’s probably been a long time since they’ve blown bubbles. But besides being fun, blowing bubbles requires you to breathe deeply, making you relax.
The Rubber Band Trick
Wear a rubber band around your wrist and snap it against your skin every time you notice that you’re overly stressed. This practice is an example of negative reinforcement, a term coined by psychologist B.F. Skinner. Snapping the rubber band against your wrist conditions you to associate stress with the snap of the rubber band, causing you to subconsciously strive to avoid the feeling of excess stress. If you’re looking for more of a quick fix, you might like the next one.
This one is particularly gratifying. Grab a pillow and scream the stress out. This isn’t ideal for group settings, but the next entry is.
Massaging Your Earlobe
There’s a point in the inner ear that, when massaged, leads to a significant reduction in stress. Find the center of the upper third part of your ear and give it a shot. Within a few minutes, you’ll experience its calming effect.
Adult coloring books are all the rage for a reason. They’re excellent for stress relief. Grab a coloring book with some mesmerizing patterns, and give it a shot. For a less-active option, you might want to check out some fractals.
A fractal is a pattern that repeats at increasingly fine magnifications. It turns out that gazing at them has a calming effect. If you’re looking for something more luxurious–and strange–you’ll love the next entry.
Yep, beer baths are a thing. Find a spa near you that offers a beer bath and see what the hoopla is all about. But maybe you just want some furry company.
Get A Dog
Studies have shown that dog owners are significantly less stressed than people without dogs. Considering the unmatched level of enthusiasm that a dog will show for you, this doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
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