Anxiety can be debilitating, leaving you unable to function. But there are some simple things you do in order to help yourself relax and calm down. In this blog post I will share 10 ways that have helped me relieve stress when feeling anxious or overwhelmed.
Use a stress ball to release tension
Everyone knows that stress can have an effect on our mental health. But it’s not always easy to find a way to relieve tension, or know when you’re feeling too much of the good stuff and need some time off from work. That is why we recommend using one of these funny animal-shaped stress balls during your break for just 5 minutes at a time! These little toys are super effective in releasing any pent up aggression you may be harboring inside yourself with every squeeze, making them perfect for people who like physical activity as well as those looking for more passive ways to get their daily dose of peace and relaxation.
Another great way to take care of your mental health is by using aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy can be used for many reasons, not just as an aid in relaxation when feeling anxious or overwhelmed. But it’s one of the best ways because it doesn’t interfere with any other prescribed medications you may be taking and has proven mental benefits! There are so many different essential oils that all have a unique scent profile, allowing you to choose what will work best for where you’re trying to use them. Some options include lavender (a favorite), peppermint, citrus oil blends like lemon or orange blossom, cedarwood…the list goes on and on! The possibilities really are endless if this sounds like something worth making
Take deep breaths
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health reports that meditation can “lower blood pressure and heart rate, reduce anxiety levels, promote emotional well-being and improve sleep quality.” If you wanted to learn more about how this could work for you (and why it’s recommended), the Mayo Clinic has a great little article on their site…check it out!
Play soothing music or nature sounds This is one of my personal favorites. There are so many types of transportation services available around where I live–some with calming meditative background noise like waves crashing against rocks in an ocean bay, some have birds chirping away while others offer gentle rainstorms.
According to the Mayo Clinic, deep breathing can help reduce stress levels. Inhale deeply for 4 seconds and then exhale slowly through your mouth while making an “ha” sound. Repeat this exercise 10 times or until you feel relaxed enough to continue with what’s on hand (which could be anything from work tasks that are giving you a hard time).
I know it can seem impossible to find time in your schedule for exercise. After all, you have a lot on your plate with work and family commitments. However, if there is one change I would recommend making this year that will improve the quality of life most significantly – make an effort to workout at least once per week! The benefits are immense: improved moods; reduced risk of heart disease & diabetes; increased energy levels throughout each day so get up off couch and go buy some athletic gear today.
Exercise regularly has many health benefits from reducing stress hormones, improving mental clarity or physical strength by building muscle mass which helps burn fat more quickly among other things!
Now that you know the many benefits of exercise, what are some ways to squeeze it into your schedule?
– Set up a weekly routine with friends – find an activity partner who also wants to workout and do so at the same time. This is especially helpful if you work out in the evening or early morning hours when most people’s schedules tend to be more full than during regular working hours. You can get creative in how often you meet too: try meeting for a 30 minute walk once per week on Wednesday evenings or every other Friday for yoga class from noon until one pm!
Take a break from social media
The next time you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or out of balance, take a break from social media. This is not about deleting your accounts and cutting ties with friends but rather using the low-stress relief options available to help rejuvenate ourselves.
Trying new things can be an exciting way to distract us for awhile until we’re ready again! Here are some ideas: go on a hike in nature, read something that interests you (magazines at coffee shops work!), play board games with old pals, get fixated on Pinterest recipes then pick one out and make it before dinner tonight–the possibilities are endless!.
Talk to someone about what you’re feeling
Even if you feel like no one will understand what you’re going through, talking to someone about how the death of a loved one has made everything seem so much worse can be beneficial.
Talking with people who care and understanding their perspective on things might help ease some burdens that have been weighing heavily on your heart since it happened.
It can be hard to do, but talking through your feelings with someone you trust can help release some of the anxiety that’s built up over time and offer relief from a seemingly never-ending spiral into sadness.
Talking about what has been lost or missed will provide an outlet for feelings that might have otherwise remained buried inside us, which often results in feeling lighter and more able to cope as we process our emotions.
If you need a little extra help coping on your own, try getting yourself out of bed by taking a few deep breaths and letting go of any thoughts racing through your head; then take one step forward before coming back again if necessary! This technique is great because it forces us to focus on something simple –
Listen to calming music or sounds
Listen to soothing sounds or music when you’re feeling overwhelmed. It will help calm your wild thoughts and make it easier for you to concentrate on what is going right in the world rather than focusing only on the negatives around you.
Journal your thoughts and feelings
Journaling is not just a method to “get out your feelings”, it also has the potential for mental health benefits. It can be therapeutic in helping you process difficult emotions and thoughts, or help with problem solving techniques when life seems like too much. Journaling may sound daunting at first but I assure that once you get started there are many ways to make this personal diary interesting! You could experiment by writing more than one entry per day; use different colors of ink, pens, pencils; write about things outside of yourself so as to see how they affect others – what does their story mean? Add pictures or photocopies from magazines (maybe even some articles) into your journal — anything goes! The possibilities are endless- take time
Drink water to hydrate and feel energized
Drinking water is the best way to keep your body healthy and feeling great. It’s also a surefire way of boosting that energy you need to get through those long days!
Drinking enough liquids, especially water, will help ensure your cells stay properly hydrated so they can function as designed. But it does more than just quench thirst; drinking fluids helps maintain blood pressure levels already within normal range, assists in regulating metabolism by raising the amount of calories burned when at rest or performing light exercise (even without additional physical activity), combats muscle cramps from exercising or extended use on computers & laptops
Take a break from your work
Taking a break from your work can be difficult, but it’s an important part of being productive. You need to take time off from the office and recharge yourself so you have enough energy for when you return to get things done with ease. This is also a great way to de-stress after feeling overwhelmed by deadlines that make everything feel like too much at once!
Take a walk outside or to the park
A nice stroll around your neighborhood is an excellent way to get away from work and find some time for yourself. The fresh air can do wonders when you’re feeling stressed, doing something healthy like walking will help clear your head and relieve that tension in your muscles. When it’s hot out, spending some time at the park might be more enjoyable than being all cooped up inside!
Find something to laugh about
Laughter is a great way to lighten the mood when you are feeling down. Whether it’s watching your favorite sitcom, reading jokes online or getting in touch with someone who makes you smile, there’s always something that will make an even better day out of any situation!
Laughing at anything can be one of life’s simplest pleasures and most effective cures for stress and anxiety. For some people laughter comes easy but not everyone finds amusement as easily