If you're feeling stressed on a daily basis, you are not alone — especially now.
With the COVID-19 pandemic and all of its complications, the American Institute of Stress says that 67 percent of Americans are now more stressed. According to a survey, nearly half of respondents said stress has worsened their hostility and mood swings.
When you don't have enough time or money, it's challenging to control your stress. According to the National Library of Medicine, stress harms nearly every system in our bodies. So, to lighten your load, here is a list of easy ways to relieve stress on a daily basis.
Meditate for 10-12 Minutes
Many people feel that meditation takes a long time. However, even 10-12 minutes of daily meditation may improve your sense of well-being and happiness. Nowadays, you can meditate anywhere with the help of fantastic apps. You can try out musical or non-musical tracks, practices, and more. Just take a few minutes at the beginning of your day, or sneak in a quiet moment between meetings.
Massage your hands
Getting full-body massages from a professional on a regular basis might be therapeutic, but not everyone has the time or money to do so. You can, however, rub your hands wherever you are. Giving yourself (or someone else) a hand massage may help to relax and improve mood, says the National Library of Medicine. If you're stressed, it can even help you sleep.
Pet a furry friend
Adopting a pet is beneficial to you as well. You might be able to borrow a pet if you don't own one. Petting a dog, reports John Hopkins Medicine, not only relieves stress but also makes you happier, which is good for your body and mind. According to one study, owning a pet helped 84 percent of people suffering from PTSD.
Laughing is widely seen as the finest therapy because it releases endorphins, which help alleviate stress. It also reduces heart rate and relaxes muscles. Many times, laughter is better (and cheaper) than anything you can purchase at a store. For a good laugh, go to a favorite amusing video or social media account or your favorite TV comedy .
Break big goals into tiny chunks
Setting lofty goals can make you feel overwhelmed. Divide large tasks into smaller, bite-sized activities to make them seem more achievable. This strategy also enables you to feel like a winner on a daily basis. Every activity you finish will make you feel better about yourself and reduce stress.
Pick music carefully
People who listen to upbeat music are more optimistic about their lives, says another study. Slower music, on the other hand, can aid in the relaxation of muscles and the relief of stress. If you're dealing with negative emotions, amazing music might instantly help you feel better. Create a playlist of uplifting music to listen to when you're feeling stressed.
De-clutter your space
When your parents told you to clean your room, they weren't being mean. They were preparing you for happiness. UCLA's Center for Everyday Lives and Families discovered a link between elevated cortisol levels and clutter in women's homes. On the contrary, many women believe neat homes make them feel more successful. So, get rid of anything that isn't absolutely necessary. Cleaning up one area of your home for a few minutes every day will help you relax.
It makes no difference how long you go out, even if it is only 10 minutes. Enjoy some natural light! The sun interacts with our skin in such a way that it helps our brains make serotonin, the feel-good chemical serotonin. When you're feeling worried, go outside and enjoy some sun on your balcony or patio.