In the modern world, having a few moments to yourself can often seem impossible. Whether it’s trouble at work, looming college examinations, or even traffic jams – everything can lead to a build-up of stress. And although we’ve searched high and low for it, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all option when it comes to stress relief. Ultimately, what works for one person might not work for another. And even what works for you at home may no longer be an option when you’re at work or outdoors (dancing around your living room might be a great stress-buster but we can’t say the same about dancing during a performance evaluation). Sure, if you have the time and money, you could invest in a professional stress management course, start counselling or join a meditation circle. But we understand that busy schedules and balancing budgets around the cost of living in Pune don’t often allow us to do that. That’s why it’s important to have a variety of stress relief tools that you can access at any time at your disposal. No matter where you are or what you’re doing, you’ll be able to pick a strategy that works best for your current circumstances. So here are some ways to clear your head, declutter your mind, and give yourself a break from stress when you need it. Check them out below!
1. Organize your tasks
This one is for the workaholics and multitaskers out there. Sometimes, just penning things down helps you declutter your mind. Plus, if you have all your ideas on the page, you’re much less likely to forget something and add to your stress later. If you’re not a pen-and-paper person, why not use your phone or laptop as a jotting pad? It is unlikely you will lose your information this way, and you can delete or add things to your list with ease. In addition, you can use your device to send yourself messages with reminders to complete a particular task on your list.
2. Become a plant parent
Plants are more than just great backgrounds for Instagram selfies. It’s been said that being surrounded by different plants may help you lower your blood pressure and calm you down in a stressful situation. You don’t need to have a green thumb either. You can opt for some indoor plants that require very little maintenance. Some great choices include English ivy, aloe plants, snake plants, spider plants, golden pothos, bamboo palms, and peace lilies. And if being a plant parent is too difficult, you could look into getting an air purifier that’ll simulate their effect for you.
3. Clean up
Sometimes being surrounded by a lot of clutter can add to your stress and pull down your energy levels. So the next time you can feel the anxiety creeping in, why not channel your inner Monica Geller and take some time to tidy up your space? You’ll feel much calmer in an environment that’s neat and clean. And if household chores are the cause of your stress, perhaps it’s time for a change in your living situation. Switch up your rented flat or PG for a managed accommodation like Stanza Living. Their spacious fully furnished rooms come with all the facilities like laundry, housekeeping, meals and internet. So your household management worries can be a thing of the past and you can have a hassle-free life.
4. Listen to music
No matter how you’re feeling, there’s probably a song for it. So when the anxiety is getting the better of you, take a short break and turn on your favorite songs. Science says that listening to relaxing music positively affects your body and brain, reduces cortisol (the stress hormone) and lowers blood pressure. And we’re not saying you’ve got to become a classical music buff all the time. Make a playlist of your favourite songs – no matter the genre – that make you smile and put you into the mood for having a great time. And if it’s sleep that your stress is affecting, you can also include ocean sounds or white noise in your sounds playlist!
5. Turn to sports
One of the most useful time-tested techniques for clearing your mind is just going for a walk. It allows you to enjoy a change of scenery, takes you away from the source of your stress, and brings the benefits of exercise as well. And it’s well known that exercise is a fantastic stress reliever, so you can try that too. Don’t worry, you don’t have to do any heavy lifting; easy aerobic exercises are a great way to keep fit and relaxed. Besides, if you are suffering from insomnia, physical activity can also improve your quality of sleep. And the best news is, there are many different kinds of activities that can reduce your stress so you don’t have to stick to one particular thing. Join a gym, take a zumba class, or exercise outside. Yoga is a great option too since it combines physical movement, meditation, and controlled breathing—all of which provide excellent stress relief.
6. Say no
Let’s be real, this is far tougher than it sounds. Sometimes, you’re asked to do a favour for others, even when you really don’t want to. But don’t take these obligations on if you already have enough on your plate. Sure, it might be difficult or uncomfortable in the moment, but it’ll save you several future moments or anxiety and stress. If you’ve always been a yes-man, this is a good time to start putting yourself first and embracing the power of saying ‘no’.
7. Talk to your friends
There is no better time to take a break and give a call to your best friend than when you are feeling stressed. Your healthy lifestyle crucially depends on your relationships with your friends and loved ones. It is especially important to hear a reassuring voice when you are under a lot of pressure. And you know that a heart-to-heart talk with your people can leave you feeling much better, even after a few minutes.
And there you have it, folks! Some simple ways to clear your mind of stress and make yourself feel better! Remember that your thoughts are a powerful tool and you owe it to yourself to be in the best mental space you can be. So use our strategies for some self-care and become the best version of yourself that you can be.