World Mental Health Day (10 October)
Despite the fact that stress has a negative impact on our lives, we refuse to acknowledge the possibility that it may cause mental health problems. Because our hectic schedules and numerous responsibilities have significantly contributed to this condition, it is critical to understand the methods that could reduce stressful situations. Stress is a normal part of life, from minor setbacks to major crises. Even if you have no control over your surroundings, you always have control over how you react to them.
However, no single stress-reduction strategy works for everyone. What works for one person may not work for another. As a result, having a variety of stress-reduction strategies at your disposal is critical. Here are some pointers for living a stress-free life.
It’s critical to have some stress-reduction techniques on hand that you can use right away, whether you’re about to go to a job interview or you’re overwhelmed by your child’s behaviour at the playground.
Soothing music can slow down physiological processes in the body. When anxious people listen to music, especially brown music, they feel less stressed. Furthermore, music has been linked to alleviating sadness, reducing burnout, and elevating mood.
A 10-minute walk around the office will increase blood flow and cardiovascular activity, which will reduce stress. Even better, the weather allows us to go for a walk outside and enjoy nature, and the change in scenery will help you temporarily block out unpleasant thoughts. When you’re at home, take your dog for a walk-animals are a great way to unwind.
Yes, you heard correctly, LAUGH! Laugh aloud at a friend’s joke or a funny YouTube video. Laughter reduces hormone levels, lowers blood pressure, and causes the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers.
Sit outside, away from the noise of the workplace, or in a quiet room. Put on some noise-cancelling headphones. By turning off the TV, radio, podcasts, sounds of work and conversation, or traffic, the brain is rested and tension is reduced. Furthermore, silence activates the brain’s “self-generated cognition” mode, where stress-relieving mental processes such as daydreaming, memory retrieval, and idea generation occur.
When one enters a fictional world through a book, the mind delights in conjuring up images of objects, events, and characters. The mind enjoys mental escapes from fiction, nonfiction, and even a good magazine.