Stress affects millions of people around the world. It causes a range of mental distress including anxiety and depression. Stress can also lead to chronic diseases because of the elevated levels of stress hormone cortisol in the body. If things at home or at work get too overwhelming, you do not have to spend money on a spa treatment or a vacation to de-stress (unless you have the budget for it then by all means, do it!). These incredibly simple de-stressing techniques are all you need to calm frayed nerves and refresh the senses in the privacy of your own home:
Meditation is the simplest way to relax the mind, body, and spirit. Research shows that regular meditation lowers blood pressure, regulates heart rate, and even improves cognitive performance!
To meditate at home, simply find the quietest spot in your living space and sit down. Close your eyes, relax your muscles and focus on your breathing. Take deep breaths to calm the mind and envision a relaxing setting in your mind. You can imagine yourself sitting on the beach, listening to the waves or lying on a meadow full of flowers. The key is to stay mentally focused and not letting distractions enter your thoughts!
2. Drink Green Tea
Green tea is an antioxidant-rich beverage that’s clinically proven stress buster. It contains theanine, an amino acid that promotes relaxation. This chemical neutralizes the effects of caffeine. Theanine slows down the heartbeat, lowering blood pressure, and reducing the body’s stress response.
Green tea is a refreshing, soothing, and relaxing drink especially when situations in the office or at home get a little too overwhelming. Give yourself a 15-minute tea break and savor your tea.
3. Do a Digital Detox
One of the most overlooked causes of stress is technology. The constant beeping, buzzing, and vibrating of your mobile device cause anxiety and mental distress! If you spend hours of your time glued to your computer screen or mobile phone, use your weekend to conduct a digital detox.
A digital detox is a period wherein you will abstain from using any device connected to the internet. Use your time detoxing to reacquaint yourself to hobbies and activities you used to like, like cooking, reading a good book, taking a long walk, or simply bonding with the rest of the family.
4. Draw a Soothing Bath
A hot bath relaxes stiff, achy muscles and soothes the mind as well. But don’t just draw a hot bath, take your me-time a notch higher by lighting a scented candle, sprinkling bath salts in your bath water, and scattering rose petals to set the mood! You can also give yourself a mini facial and a manicure and pedicure after a soothing bath and come out feeling new again!
4. Listen to Music
Listening to soothing music is a great way to de-stress without spending a dime at all! Studies show that music puts the mind in a calm state because it helps slow down breathing and heart rate. Soothing music also relaxes tensed muscles and lowers blood pressure. In addition, music therapy is an effective treatment for anxiety!