We've heard it time and again: stress leads to health problems. Heart disease, stroke, and even some forms of cancer can be brought about by this dreaded s-word. So why do people let themselves be stressed all the time? It's possible that they don't know the most effective stress-busting techniques such as these listed:
Laugh Out Loud. It's actually healthier to practice this in real life than to simply type the word on the keyboard. Laughing is an effective way to reduce stress hormone levels. When you holler with laughter, more oxygen comes into your body, increasing the flow of blood and helping stress evaporate into thin air. So make it a habit to watch a romantic comedy flick, invite friends for a cup or two of inside jokes and fun memories, or to read a hilarious comic book every once in a while.
Play With Your Pet
Studies show that pets have an uncanny power of lowering down stress levels. Playing or goofing around with your pet even just for a few minutes each day enables the body to release feel-good hormones such as serotonin, oxytocin and prolactin. It also reduces the amount of stress hormones in the body that releases harmful and disease-causing toxins.
Clear the Clutter
If you live inside a pile of clutter, we have news for you: Your home is your main source of stress. This is why, it's imperative that you do something about the clutter in your home to bring down your stress levels significantly. Clutter doesn't only make you feel disoriented and disorganized, it also makes finding things the world's biggest challenge. When you're rushing to get to work and you can't find your car key, wallet or cell phone amidst the piles of things sprawled all over your room, your stress level would already hit an all-time high even before you get to the office, before starting any actual daily work. Not only would cleaning be a good exercise for you, it would also make your home a lot more relaxing and inviting.
Work in the Garden
Whether you have a green thumb or not, you will find gardening soothing. Even dreaded chores like mowing the lawn can give therapeutic benefits to people. That's because the smell of fresh grass can make a person feel more relaxed. Experts also believe that chemicals that newly cut grass emit ward off the release of stress hormones in the brain. Just don't forget to wear a pair of earplugs so that the roaring sound of the lawn mower won't stress you out.
Sing Out Loud. Have a concert inside the shower, host a karaoke feast for your friends, or just grab the microphone and sing it out whenever you feel like it. It doesn't matter if you can't carry a tune. Studies have confirmed that singing can lessen your stress, as well as boost your breathing, posture and immune function.
When you're stressed out, the last thing on your mind is to goof around with your loved one. But the thing is, sex is actually a wonderful reliever of stress and tension. It reduces blood pressure, increases self-esteem, and releases happy hormones including oxytocin. On top of that, it also improves your quality of sleep.