Stress. Just saying it out loud in your head makes you feel it. Your brain runs through a list of all the stressful things you have to do, had to do, or will inevitably do. But let’s face it, stress is unavoidable and the only thing we can do is change the way we deal with it. In this blog, we will recommend several ways to help you with your daily de-stressing, by giving you some stress-coping techniques.

  1. Music

We know you know this, but we have to say it. Music is an amazing de-stressing tool and a great way to loosen up. It’s even scientifically proven! The same way upbeat music can make you feel alert and agitated, downtempo music can help slow your brain and relax your muscles. Science agrees, so it’s your turn to perk your ears. ASMR, Frequency Meditation, and Spa Music are some of the terms you can look up. If you’re into distraction-free alternatives to Youtube, you can try your luck on streaming services or ASMR-dedicated sites like RainyMood and Soundrown.

2. Meditation and breathing

The simplest form of meditation is breathing exercises. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing, slowly and steadily, in for four seconds out for four seconds, and repeat. More complex forms of meditations, like mindfulness meditation, mantra meditation, and movement meditation, like yoga, require some basic research and practice, but they are worth looking properly into. An easy way to start meditating is through guided meditation podcasts or apps like Headspace and Calm. Be wary of using too much technology though, as this can be counter-effective. Use these guided meditations as a tool to help you understand the craft better, but make sure to slowly go your own way.

3. Being active

Being active not only helps with de-stressing but also boosts your mental and physical wellbeing.

Simple activities, like walking, cycling, and swimming are easy to get into, and each has something special that might appeal to you. Some may even combine walking with being in nature or exploring a new part of town, for example. If you’re more into social sports, joining a club or teaming up with a friend for sports like tennis, football, and kayaking is a great way to add a social dimension to staying active.

4. Pets and plants

Being around animals is incredibly helpful for relieving stress—not only do they offer a distraction but caring for or playing with an animal is proven to even help extreme cases of stress-related issues. While not everyone is able to have a pet at home, you might also want to consider volunteering at an animal shelter. For something more low-maintenance, you consider getting a couple of plants. Adding some green to your environment helps create a beautiful and more calming atmosphere and will help boost your overall mood, especially in an office or a bedroom. Not only that, plants help purify and circulate air better, and in some cases it can even increase the oxygen circulation in an enclosed room, which is especially important in rooms with ACs and not a lot of open windows.

5. Hobbies

A hobby may be any one of the above, but it is also anything that helps distract you from stress.  Having a hobby is said to help you with a lot of things besides stress, such as mental health. Hobbies can be anything really—from watching films, to reading, to painting, to learning a new language, to making music, or even collecting. Unusual hobbies exist too, like sewing, beetle fighting, and competitive dog grooming, to mention a few. If you’re unsure what to pick up as a hobby or want to be incredulous about other people’s weird hobbies, you’re a google search away. Simply look up if there are any lessons that pique your interest around your area and give it a go!

It’s important to take the time to de-stress, and learn to balance life and pleasure, as nowadays, we tend to overwork ourselves to the limit when life isn’t all about work! Long-term stress can be harmful to not just your mental health, but also your physical well-being.