We all get stressed. Some of use resort to exercise, yoga, meditation, house cleaning, punching things...hopefully those things are bags and not people. Regardless, there are hundreds of ways to relieve stress.
The ones I just named are probably the most common and surely you've heard before that they help to relieve stress. If you're anything like me doing things again and again bores you. I love a good workout, but I workout to stay active and healthy, not to relieve my stress.
Here are three unique options I turn to when I'm feeling a little stressed out.
Whether you're creative or not pottery paining can be a lot of fun and relaxing. Find a studio near you, pick out the piece you like and paint away. Don't worry if you aren't creative, you hop on your phone for ideas on how to decorate your piece. Working with your hands and having the freedom to create anything you want is so soothing and before you know it your worries and stress will be left at the door. Just be sure not to pick it back up on your way out.
I'm not talking about stress eating. Ignore the sugary, high in fat foods that you always want to gravitate towards when you're stressed. Instead, opt for foods like walnuts, avocados, berries, dark chocolate, oranges or oatmeal. All contain antioxidants or nutrients that help to relieve stress, raise serotonin levels and calm our nerves. Who knew! Snacking on these healthier options will not only perk you right up, but they'll keep you from feeling that crash you get after eating the stress foods you normally go after.
Laughing can be one of the best ways to relieve stress. YouTube is home to some of the funniest things I've ever seen. Stupid at times yes, but sometimes you just need to laugh at something totally dumb. If you can't admit to finding a cat blooper video funny then you have no humor. Here are a few of my favorite laughable videos to help jump-start the stress reducing process.
Kittens Inspired By Kittens - I could watch this over and over and over...oh wait. I already do.
#VacationFail - Basically anything related to Jimmy Fallon makes me laugh but the Hashtag series cracks me up.