Secret Ways to Relieve Stress at Home

Secret Ways to Relieve Stress at Home

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By Diana Smith Contributing Author, fitness and alternative medicine expert

We all know the relaxing benefits of a warm bubble bath or a funny sitcom, however, sometimes you just want to switch things up and try something new that will quickly banish stress. Luckily, there are various ways you can relax and enjoy your day at home. Here are some secret ways to relieve stress at home!

Secret Ways to Relieve Stress at Home

Warm towel

If you need a quick stress-reliever, take a towel, soak it in water and heat it up in a microwave for a few minutes. Once it’s nice and steamy, place it over your face and on your neck and let the soothing warmth wash over you. As heat hits your body, you’ll instantly relax your muscles and your brain.

Burn some candles

Aromatherapy can do wonders for your stress and general mood. So, go to your nearest bath products store and stock up on some scented candles! For instance, lavender and cinnamon boost relaxation and help manage stress and anxiety. Relax your muscles, take deep breaths and let aromatic scents spread through your body!

Put in on paper

One very therapeutic way to release stress is to vent by putting your worries and fears on paper. Instead of keeping it all in, write about stress for a few minutes and you’ll instantly feel lighter and better! It helps ban bad thoughts from your head through your hand and onto the paper. Also, once you see the problem written down, it’s easier to look at it objectively. Why this trick works is not clear, but it works and that’s what’s important!

Be creative

If writing isn’t your strongest suit, why not givethe painting a shot! Creating art can help with your stress levels in several ways: it a great distraction that allows you to concentrate, process built-up stress and practice self-care. So, find custom canvas stretching experts, pick up some paints and let your imagination fly high! It’s quite an affordable hobby that will provide you with a great outlet for your fears and anxieties. And, who knows, maybe you’re a huge talent in disguise!

Try progressive relaxation

Most of the time, our bodies are tense without our even knowing it! So, once you relax your muscles, the mind with quickly follow. Start your progressive relaxation by tensing and then releasing all muscles from toes to your head. Be conscious while doing it and really feel the relaxation flow through your body.

Play some chill music

Music has the similar effect on human brain function, mood and mental state as medication. So, play some music and “cure” your stress! Soothing music is the best option, even though you might prefer metal or hip-hop. You can just sit down with a cup of tea and consciously enjoy music or let it play in the background while you go about your day for a subconscious stress relief.

Hit the gym

Even though it might sound contradictory, one of the best ways to relax is to be more active. Working out will not only keep you physically healthy but also boost production of endorphins and distract you from your problems. So, hit the gym, join a sports club or practice yoga at home and you’ll see amazing results.

Chew a gum

Probably the fastest and easiest way to shed some stress is to pop a chewing gum! Why? Well, when you chew, you release salivary cortisol that helps with stress and anxiety. However, chewing gum can also increase your alertness and improve your performance, so it’s really a win-win situation. Pro tip: opt for sugar-free gums to prevent dental issues!

If these home remedies fail you, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. Stress will not only ruin your mental state, but also harm your overall health, so it’s very important to get it out of your life one way or another.

Diana Smith is a full time mom interested in topic related to fitness and alternative medicine. In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family. You can find her on  Twitter and G+

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