Reducing Stress: Weird and Wonderful Ways to Let It Go
Do you ever have that feeling that there are not enough hours in a day? A towering pile of things-to-do is growing in every corner of your life. You are watching the clock trying to slow the fingers down. You have a constant headache, feel exhausted yet have difficulty getting a good night’s sleep. Sound familiar? The guilty culprit is stress. It is lurking in the most innocuous places like your appointment book, the line at the checkout, the dry cleaners, and probably nowhere more than your boss’s office. Stress is everywhere.
Believe it or not, stress doesn’t have to be your enemy. In moderate amounts, it can improve performance and productivity. But if you’re grinding your teeth until your jaw aches, and the person in the mirror looks familiar but is glaring back, you probably have too much of the stuff and if you don’t do something soon it could kill you. Stress is linked to each of the six leading causes of death – cancer, lung disease, heart disease, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide. That’s an impressive line-up but you can beat stress and it could be one of the most important things you ever do in your life. Here’s a look at some creative ways to combat stress.
Coloring Stress Away
Coloring isn’t just for kids, it’s a great way for adults to alleviate stress. Adult coloring books have recently gained popularity and they have been shown to have a number of health benefits. Not only is coloring good for reducing stress it also helps you focus your attention, slows your heart rate, just like meditation does. If you want to have an adult coloring book that you can carry with you wherever you go, check out the Coloring Book for Me & Mandala app for your mobile device. It provides hours of stress relief at your fingertips.
Reducing Stress with Aromatherapy
However much you may try, it is impossible to completely eliminate stress from your life. The important thing is to balance it with positive energy and attitudes. One positive move you can make is to use aromatherapy oils to help prevent and reduce stress. There are a number of essential oils that are recommended for just that. Here are some of the most effective:
Lavender – the flowery scent of this oil is refreshing and invigorating, but it also helps to soothe the nerves and promote relaxation.
Ylang-ylang – the scent of this oil comes from a Madagascan plant reminiscent of jasmine. Its aroma is said to reduce irritability and anger and also to alleviate symptoms of depression.
Chamomile – this essential oil’s soothing aroma calms and relaxes. A few drops on your pillow can mean the difference between a long night of tossing and turning and a deep, restful sleep.
If you follow these tips, you’ll soon feel reenergized. You will notice your skin looks healthier and your posture is straight and relaxed. You have already moved closer to finding your equilibrium.
William Macdonald takes an interest in self-improvement and leading a better, stress-free lifestyle where we can appreciate even the smallest of moments.