Stress is poison and it pervades life irrespective of age and occupation. And you can never know when either you or your loved ones would fall in the trap of this pervasive evil. It is generally a consequence of too much work or tension, but the conditions it leads to can be truly vile. It causes hypertension, obesity, diabetes and of course, cardiac arrests and nervous breakdown. Scary, isn’t it? But what most of us don’t even realise is the simple fact that all the stress is just in the mind. We get so busy working that our lives take a whole new meaninglessness, which makes our lives empty. And this emptiness creeps up on us and things start looking bleak. But did you know that by indulging in some simple activities, you can make all the difference? Not only can you get that stress bug out of your mind in a matter few hours or even minutes, but you can also find a new energy and verve to do the stipulated work. All you need to do is treat yourself with the right technique. Read on to find out how.
Stress Relief Activities
Organize your desk and work. A simple activity of cleaning out all the old files and rearranging that file cabinet can work wonders at relieving your stress levels at work. This would also help you find out which of the files you need to work on an urgent basis and those that you can put off for later. This way your workload would lessen and you would feel less stressed out.
Make a list of all the music that you like and play it. If possible you can also transfer some of your favourite music to your office computer, but make sure that listening to music doesn’t hamper your work or somebody else’s in any way. Also, try getting all the relaxing and soothing music under one place so that you can relax the moment you start feeling agitated.
Get regular exercise. People end up neglecting themselves completely when stressed, but what they conveniently forget is that regular exercising is the most tried and tested way of reducing stress. This doesn’t mean that you have to hit the gym whenever you feel stressed. You can get your exercise by taking the stairs instead of the elevator or by taking a long walk everytime you feel the need of some de-stressing.
Take a break. It doesn't have to be a long break—even a walk to the water cooler and back can do the trick. This gives your mind a break and often means that you come back to whatever it was that you were working on with a new level of enthusiasm. While most of us think that we lose on time by taking a break, what we forget is that breaks are quintessential for rejuvenating our senses and getting back with a renewed interest.
Stress affects our diet, but one must never forget that healthy and fibrous food is the key to relieving stress. Make sure you eat healthy and nutritious food and also that you are actually "conscious" and not “occupied”, while you are eating. Never indulge in eating when under stress. Cut down on the undesirable beverages. These would include tea, coffee and alcohol. While caffeine reduces the amount of sleep, drinking alcohol before you sleep will reduce the quality of your sleep.
Sleeping well is the best way of relaxation. Read a little or listen to some soft music right before you sleep to get a relaxed nap. Also, make sure you sleep 7-9 hours daily. Another way to relax yourself is to pursue old hobbies. Hobbies are the best source of peace and happiness. A hobby doesn’t necessarily have to be of a grand scale. It can be any trivial activity and so long as it distracts you and keeps you happy, it is a good hobby.
Please make yourself happy and make efforts for the same. Go watch a fun movie or read a good book. If you like the opera then go check out the latest one. Or else go get yourself the tickets for the latest theatre play. And do not forget to hang out with friends who make you happy. Hitting the spa parlor is another way to pamper as well as de-stress yourself.