According to the Global Organization for Stress, 75% of Americans experienced moderate to high stress levels in the past month alone. While many different factors contribute to stress – such as workplace tension or poor communication – we must find a way to effectively minimize stress in our daily lives. This is due to the simple fact that prolonged stress can negatively affect your health, leading to poor sleep, migraines, and even high blood pressure, among other conditions.
Sometimes, the advice we are given in relation to stress-busting just doesn’t cut it. For example, we’re often told to spend more time outdoors. While this can help your body release endorphins and reduce tension, it doesn’t always help the stress go away.
With that in mind, here are some unusual stress-busting techniques that could help you banish stress TODAY!
While acupuncture is often used to treat a wide range of health ailments and support you when recovering from an injury, studies also suggest that it is a great way to reduce stress. This is because it stimulates the production and release of certain hormones (such as oxytocin), promoting relaxation and relieving tension.
Hop into a sensory deprivation tank
There are many benefits of using a sensory deprivation tank, and they are often linked with the reduction of both stress and anxiety. This is due to the fact that your body can be truly relaxed during this time – and you can just close your eyes and let your troubles float away.
Scream and shout
We’re often taught that the easiest (and most productive) way to deal with stress is to decompartmentalize it and keep our cool. However, there are many benefits to letting out your frustration. While this doesn’t mean you should start screaming in the middle of the office, try to find a way to vent this frustration when you get home. Alternatively, you could try to vent your frustrations by writing them down on a piece of paper and then tearing it into pieces.
Challenge your perspective
Learning how to change your perspective when things get tough is an essential skill that can be used to effectively banish feelings of stress and anxiety. This is because it allows you to assess your feelings and emotions and figure out whether or not they are misplaced. For example, it encourages you to ‘not sweat the small stuff.’ One way in which you can do this is by figuring out if the problem that is causing you stress will impact you in any kind of long-term way. If not, then it’s probably not worth worrying about.
Surround yourself with plants
There are many studies that suggest that indoor plants can help relieve stress. This is due to the fact that they can improve air quality, promote relaxation and lift your mood. Therefore, you can help reduce your stress levels by surrounding yourself with a variety of different plants. Even better, they make your home or office look and smell great too!