Stress gets the best of us. We all deal with some level of anxiety or stress each day. For some, it is far worse than for others. What works to decompress for one person may not work for another. I feel there are never too many ideas out there. I want to share my 5 easy steps to decompressing with you.
1. Get Outside
Fresh air is good for everyone. We often do not get the fresh air we need. We also benefit from sunlight. This step is essential if you are spending the greater part of your day in an office. I am a true believer in the powers of Mother Nature. Getting in touch with our earth has healing benefits, brings forth joy, and makes us feel connected to everything around us. It is also a great way to get out of a rut, or negative feelings about co-workers, friends, or family. Often these are the things creating stress in our lives. Do something simple like filling up a bird feeder, planting a flower, or just listening to the breeze blow through the trees. This is my favorite way to decompress.
Just move your body in a new way. You do not have to be into yoga or pilates. Just bend, or stretch your arms up. Moving helps our blood flow, thus our circulation. There are many benefits to exercise. Moving a little bit in a new way can wake up endorphins that help reduce stress. There is a direct mind, body connection and when one area is struggling, a little work on the other can do wonders to balance things out.
3. Do One Task
Often times stress comes from attempting one task and not making headway. Often times in my daily life I get stuck. When I get stuck, I get frustrated. Walking away from the task at hand and focusing on another can be a relief. Since I work from home my favorite task to decompress is doing the dishes. I know that sounds funny, and for some, thinking of doing the dishes could create stress. Do what makes you feel good. Feeling accomplished at something makes us feel happy. This is especially true when we have been beating our heads against another project.
4. Listen to Music
This can be tricky. Some music makes me feel great. Other music can make me cry. Obviously, we have to know when to listen to which type of music! I keep a special soundtrack of music that makes me happy. I play this soundtrack when I need motivation and a sense of joy. Listening to upbeat music does it for me. Some may prefer to listen to nature sounds or heavy metal. Whatever does it for you is great! Just be sure to prepare a playlist that will do the trick to help you decompress.
Granted not everyone has an arsenal of essential oils at their disposal but you can find stress-reducing scents elsewhere. Did you know that the scent of lemon is uplifting? Major corporations use citrus such as lemon and orange scents in their offices to increase productivity and happiness among workers! Sandalwood is known to ease depression. You can read more about that in my recent article 5 Essential Oils You Must Have In Your Home. You may even have a favorite perfume, or maybe it is your husband’s cologne that lifts you up. Some love the scent of their dog. Whatever helps you decompress, just carry something with that scent on it with you.
No these are not end all be all cures to stress but they are simple things we can do each day. I love practical solutions to everyday problems. These tips to help you decompress are great for general daily stress. If you suffer from severe depression or anxiety these tips may help but please do not depend on them for complete healing.
How do you decompress? I would love it if you shared your ideas in the comments.