The effects of stress on your body make for scarier reading than Stephen King’s back catalogue. If you’re starting to feel or sound like a permanently whistling kettle, you can look forward to headaches, chest pain, high blood pressure and insomnia – to mention but a few nasty stress-related sensations. If you let it all build up, you’re making your body vulnerable to life-threatening illnesses. Stress is the enemy. You can’t simply pop a chill pill, but you can look into these unconventional methods to mellow.
Get Ready To Pop
Not really, but according to a recent stress survey having bubble wrap to hand is a great way to deal with immediate pressure. The study claims to have shown that one-minute of popping bubble wrap has the same stress relieving results as thirty-minutes of massage!
Do The Dishes
Repetitive motions can help soothe your soul. Doing something that isn’t taxing over and over again is relaxing. This helps to lower your stress levels. Just don’t leave a week’s worth of dishes to be done as a stress-relief aid, because that’s probably what’s freaking you out in the first place.
Fire up the Kindle and take a time out. A 2014 study published in Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing showed that people who used bibliotherapy improved their perceived stress, anxiety, and quality of life. Not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon either.
Plants perk you up, so don’t laugh at your colleague’s desk fern. Research published in the journal HortTechnology found simply walking into a room filled with plants will lower your heart rate and blood pressure as well as feelings of anxiety. And, positively relaxed employees perform better. It’s a no-brainer.
So, if your next big vacation seems like an eternity away, just read a book while doing the dishes and popping some bubble wrap with a flower in your hair!