There are both preventive and curative techniques to de-stress, but most of these therapies or
meditation takes a lot of time for it to actually work.
Here are some quick ways to instantly unwind and beat stress:
Count backwards– When you feel a little wound up, just try to count
back from 10 to 1. This helps to slowly sedate the body and mind, making you
Do something you are passionate about– Love to strum the guitar or paint?
Studies have shown that people who indulged regularly in their hobbies were
less likely to feel stressed. Creativity stimulates the brain and produces
endorphins or the feel good hormones, which increase the level of serotonin in
the body. In laymen terms, engaging in a creative hobby commands the brain to
Talk to someone you love– Most people keep everything bottled up inside
them, which adds to their worries. Talk about your problems with someone you
trust and who can give you a sound advice. Even if you don’t want to share your
problems, try to have a healthy conversation with someone whose company you
enjoy. Pick up the phone and call a friend you haven’t spoken to in years, or
have a mundane conversation with your grandmother.
Switch off and disconnect- Technology has become a huge part of
all our live even at the cost of our health. It is okay to disconnect from the
virtual world once in a while and just concentrate on your actual surrounding.
Laugh a lot– Forcing yourself to laugh in the face of stress is
the basis of laughter therapy. Beginners find it difficult to get used to
voluntarily invoking laughter, try watching a comedy movie or a play. Also,
there are a number of outrageously hilarious videos on the internet that will
make you howl with laughter
Cook something- In a survey, one out of 5 people said that their
favorite ways to beat stress is by walking straight into the kitchen. If you
angry or stressed just chop some food as that takes your mind off of things and
also the aroma of herbs and spices has a therapeutic effect on the body and
Oh and while you are in the kitchen, pop in a piece of dark chocolate as cocoa is rich in anti
oxidants and has calming effect.
Go for a run– Exercising will charge your mind and body and
direct the brain to release endorphins. Next time you feel a little frazzled,
go for a run, sprint on the treadmill, talk a brisk walk, go swimming or just
challenge yourself to a rigorous sport.
Daydream– This technique might be a tad bit difficult at
first, but with meditation you will learn how to envision a pleasant picture
when you feel a bit wired. To make it more effective, see if you can get a
pictorial representation of your daydream as that tends to strengthen your
The idea is to take your mind off of the reason for stress and engage in something else using
the distraction method.