People these days are undeniably more stressed than in the past. Not only are everyday stressors making our lives more complicated. With all the things happening here and there, it is quite easy for our stress levels to increase no matter how hard we try not to be affected too much.
The good news is that there are now tons of ways you can try to help you relieve your stress. You can try starting a new hobby, watch your favorite shows, or try gardening. But aside from the usual stress-relieving strategies, you can also consider the following unexpected but equally effective ways:
Cleaning the right way
Doing household chores may not be the first thing to come to mind when thinking of ways to alleviate stress. Besides, many people are already stressed out due to their sky-high piles of to-do lists back home. But in reality, cleaning the right way helps you cope with stress better. A messy house is another stress-trigger for most homeowners. By doing repetitive household chores, you can accomplish your tasks while giving yourself a positive outlet to pour your negative emotions.
According to a study, interacting with horses can help with beating stress. Horseback riding can help you improve your coordination, strengthen your core muscles, and boost your posture. What many fail to realize is that riding horses also allows them to improve their moods and relaxation. The gentle bouncing motion and the fact that you’re spending quality time with such a gorgeous creature make it a fulfilling experience. Of course, you need to learn the basics of horseback riding, go shopping for your own horse reins and saddle pads, and start riding even without the guidance of your mentor.
Being intimate with your partner more
Do you have a partner? Then here is another reason to pucker up and show your special someone more love. According to an examination conducted by some scientists, kissing helps increase the number of chemicals that help relieve stress. You may find that the support of your partner may already be a good way to manage your stress. But if you want better results or another reason to get closer with your significant other, then consider kissing as a great excuse.
Chewing your favorite gum
Many would tell you that chewing gum is not a habit worth doing. For one, excessive gum chewing can cause tooth decay and even headaches and jaw pain. But did you know that chewing your favorite gum is another way to relieve your stress and anxiety? As you chew the gum, more blood flows to your brain. Tasting your favorite gum already pacifies your taste buds, while the smell helps satisfy your nostrils.
There are other ways you can take the stress off of your shoulders. We may have different stress-triggers, and finding the root cause of your stress is a good way to manage your anxiety. But then, there is nothing wrong with trying out different stress-relieving ways to check which ones will work out for you. When your usual techniques don’t work, you can always try out the items on this list.