9 Stress Relievers
There are so many different things we can do to relieve our stress. In this article we talk about 9 of these so that you can begin to use them in your life and reduce your stress.
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1. Think positive
When you think positive you just can't help but be optimistic, even when everyone around you is unhappy. That's why positive thinking helps you be happier and more satisfied with your life. here's some tips to think positive.
Need an emotional boost or to de-escalate after a stressful day? Exercising can help. Physical activity stimulates brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier, more relaxed and less anxious.
3. Get outside
Research suggests getting outdoors is beneficial for human health. Psychologists and health researchers are finding more and more reasons we should go outside and enjoy nature.
Dr. Frederic Luskin has uncovered numerous reasons why we should forgive. The benefits include reducing anger, hurt, depression and stress, while also boosting feelings of optimism, hope, compassion, and self-confidence.
5. Be mindful
Mindfulness can help us to increase our ability to regulate emotions, decrease stress, anxiety and depression. It can also help us observe our thoughts and feelings without judgment. We can also be more fully engaged in life.
Extra oxygen does wonders for the body and mind and slow rhythmic breathes activate the parasympathetic nervous systems, helping us to calm and de-stress.
7. Be yourself
You can either be what others' want you to be, or have the courage to be true to yourself. It’s definitely a challenge but worth it to be able to live your life on your terms.
8. Give gifts
Studies show numerous benefits of giving—not just for the recipients but for the givers’ health and happiness. Research suggests these benefits also come from donating to charities or volunteering your time.
9. Be kind
Kindness refers to your ability to be friendly, generous, and considerate. When you are kind to others you open up the opportunity to build strong relationships while increasing personal well-being and the well-being of others.
About Dr. Tchiki Davis
Dr. Davis is founder of The Berkeley Well-Being Institute. After getting her PhD in psychology at Berkeley, she started creating online content & programs to boost well-being—some of these have reached more than a million people. As author of Outsmart Your Smartphone, and contributor to Psychology Today, The Greater Good Science Center, and Shine Text, Dr. Davis aims to share her insights on happiness & health with people all across the world. Learn more about Dr. Davis.