By AineHealth | 01 June 2020 | 2 Comments

5 Best Ways to Relieve Stress and Anxiety

Stress and anxiety are common experiences for most people. In fact, 70% of adults in the United States say they feel stress or anxiety daily.
The important thing is to make the effort and remember that as human beings, we aren’t meant to be processing high levels of stress chemicals in our bodies and minds the way most of us do daily.
If you’re noticing yourself reacting to stress and being gripped by it throughout your day, it can be a signal to you—a physical manifestation that your body is exhibiting to get you to pay attention to it.
We love our bodies, these great vessels that contain all of who we are. Be kind and loving where you can. So, every effort made to stop stress in its tracks when it arises, shifting yourself into a calmer state, is worth it in the long run: you’ll live longer, be happier, and be more beautiful inside and out. Here are some shortcuts to process stress at the moment and five practical ways to reduce stress long-term to live your best life.

Any other forms of physical activities, except jogging, can also act as a stress reliever. You don’t worry about the fact that you are not an athlete or you are out of shape, because doing physical activities can really change a lot physically and mentally.

It may seem contradictory that not only is your brain laden with stress but also your body is going through intensity. According to psychologists, putting physical stress on your body through sweating can actually relieve mental problem; It lowers our body’s hormones generating stress, like cortisol, and helps release endorphins, chemicals that improve our mood and whet our appetite; It improve our sleep quality, preventing us from being trapped in insomnia; It makes us feel more competent and confident during the exercise. 
Take me for example. I really like jogging alone, listening to music with my earphones on. At that moment, everything crowding into my mind urging me to pore it out what should I do in the next step. I can hear my own voice from the bottom of my heart to communicate with my mindset. With my body drenched by sweat, I am coming into life. When I feel sad or depressed, I will definitely go out for jogging unless it rains outside. So what are you waiting for? 
Take a Deep Breath with Plants
When you look at a tree or hold a fragrant bouquet in your hands, how does it make you feel? Do you feel calm or joy? If so, you might agree plants have some magic to heal your wounded feeling. In fact, scientists have proved that more often than not wandering around the woods is beneficial to physical and mental health. 
It is, perhaps, a common sense that we generally feel more happier and optimistic in an area stuffed with plenty of plants and flowers. They can also evoke our positive emotions. Spending time in the woods/parks/groves, where you can find a riot of color “green”, helps speed up recovery from mental fatigue, slow down heart rate, reduce high blood pressure, and lower anxiety. Elderly patients who received flowers also reported brighter moods and improved episodic memory. 
Looking at plants and flowers, whether indoors or outdoors is a peaceful activity free of worries or conflict. It encourages living in the present moment and engages the senses. Also, putting on your favorite perfume can to some degree can allay your anxiety and stress. 
Switch on A String of Lights.
We all know that poor lighting can cause eye damage especially when reading; What’s worst, it can ruin our mood without reservation! Believe it or not, insufficient lighting has been found to contribute to depression and vitamin D deficiencies, while proper lighting is known to improve mood and energy levels. 
Indeed, string lights decorating ideas have become an increasingly popular trend. Why? Well, because they are little, big bulbs and, more importantly, adorable and practical! No matter what message you want to convey, string lights can make your thoughts shine. 
Psychologists suggest that warm lights make the environment feel more welcoming and relaxing, while cooler lights make the environment more stimulating - they make us feel more alert, more focused, and can increase productivity levels. Use string lights to create a relaxing moment for yourself. You can turn on some light music, lying down on a sofa sectional to enjoy the sense of depression.
Meditation is one kind of relaxation. It is not about concentration, it’s actually about de-concentration. It’s not about focussing one’s thoughts on one thing, but instead on becoming thoughtless.
Mindfulness can be described as the practice of paying attention in the present moment and doing it intentionally and with non-judgment. Mindfulness meditation practices refer to the deliberate acts of regulating attention through the observation of thoughts, emotions and body states. 
Being meditation can provide a calm mind, good concentration, better clarity, improved communication, relaxation and rejuvenation of the mind and body. To experience the merits of meditation, regular practice is necessary. It takes only a few minutes every day. Once imbibed into the daily routine, meditation becomes the best part of your day! You can practice it in your living room, sitting on your modern livingroom sofa, which is one of the simplest and convenient ways. 
Pour out Your Sorrow!
When you’re feeling stressed, take a break to call a friend and talk about your problems. Good relationships with friends and loved ones are important to any healthy lifestyle. Ask them to your home, and you can sit down on your sleeper sectional to pour your heart out, which, to some degree, can smooth your emotion and makes you get well soon. They’re especially important when you're under a lot of stress. A reassuring voice, even for a minute, can put everything in perspective.
If you are, unfortunately, can not find a ride-or-die yet, don’t worry! Try to do it by yourself. Crying alone is always useful! Crying is one of the best ways to relieve your sorrowfulness. In the United States, women cry an average of 3.5 times per month and men cry an average of 1.9 times a month. Research has found that in addition to being self-soothing, shedding emotional tears releases oxytocin and endorphins, whose chemicals make people feel good and may also ease both physical and emotional pain. In this case, crying can help reduce pain and promote a sense of well-being. 

If new stressors are challenging your ability to cope or if self-care measures just aren't relieving your stress, you may need to look for reinforcements in the form of therapy or counseling. Ainehome can provide not only all modern livingroom sofas but also the mental health consultancy.

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