Chances are that you really love your job or absolutely can’t stand it. Either way, there will be some days that are more stressful than others or you will need a way to relax and let the stress drain out before you start again the next day.
Stress is a major killer nowadays so you will need a creative way to blow off steam and remain productive.
There’s something about nature that brings out the best in people. Green spaces and petting animals have always been known to keep stress levels down but watching fish as they drift about in their underwater paradise often gets overlooked. Simply taking the time to sit down and watch fish in their tranquil environment can do wonders for your state of mind.
Psychologists running a study for Environment and Behavior analyzed people’s moods as an aquarium’s 550,000 liter tanks were refurbished. The study showed that exposing people to the underwater setting calmed down their blood pressure and increased their markers for general well-being. This was the first study to show a correlation between fish tanks and stress relief.
It seems that doctors and dentists have known this for much longer though because they are fans of putting fish tanks in their waiting rooms to calm people down. You can enjoy these stress-relieving benefits as well by simply having a fish tank at home and letting its serene environment calm you down after a stressful day.
Work it Out
Exercise is one of the best stress-relievers out there. It works better than any medicine and you can do it at any time.
Gym memberships are good for you but are often underused. Every year numerous people take out gym memberships that they end up using for a fraction total time on their subscription. A great alternative to the gym would be setting up an exercise routine that you can do at home.
Thanks to all of the tutorials on the internet, you can take several classes that are available at the gym right at home. These include Zumba and yoga, both classes that you can enjoy from the comfort of your living room.
Engage in a Hobby
Hobbies are things that people do because they enjoy them. Doing something that you love releases feel-good endorphins that counteract the stress hormones in your body and leaves you feeling relaxed.
People with full and stressful lives generally need hobbies more than anyone else. They give you an opportunity to concentrate on something that won’t raise your blood-pressure. Good examples of hobbies to help you wind down after a long day are knitting, cooking and playing video games.
You can increase the stress-relieving benefits of engaging in a hobby by doing it with other people. Humans are social creatures and interacting with people while doing things that you enjoy reminds you that you are not alone. Good hobbies that can be done in groups are golf and dancing.
If you feel that you don’t have the time to engage in a hobby then you probably need one the most. You probably just haven’t found the one that suits you best.
Keep Off the Television
Majority of what we see on television is stress-inducing. One study even proved that you are more likely to be in a bad mood after watching the evening news than you would have been if you’d not watched it all.
The computer screen is also best avoided in the evening if you want to have a good night’s sleep. Sleeping well through the night is imperative to keeping your stress levels down because your body uses the time when you’re asleep to reboot and lower your stress levels.
Save yourself the stress and drama by staying away from screens at night. You should use the hours before bed to read a good book instead or just sit back on a couch and enjoy some silent time to reflect.
Comfort eating is what a lot of people use to deal with stress but it’s only a short-term fix. The human body is designed to reward us whenever we take in foods that are high in fat and sugar however too much of them can result in bad moods.
Excessive sugar and fat makes your body lethargic and lazy. What you need instead is a balanced diet with all of the nutrients and vitamins that your body needs to stay healthy. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables will clear the fog from your mind and make you better at handling stressful situations. Green leafy vegetables and lean sources protein are particularly good for stress relief.
Taking the time to unwind after work is vital for your health and well-being. Engage in some of the activities outlined here and you can be sure to enjoy an improved quality of life.