Top 10 Ways To Reduce Stress/Anxiety

2020 has been very stressful for all of us. Here are a few ways to calm down and relax in the midst of this chaos
The Top Ten
1 Listen to music

Music has the ability to dampen levels of the hormone, cortisol, and ease stress in the process. Which tunes work best? Something calming like light jazz or classical should do the trick. But really, whatever you find relaxing is your best bet

I always listen to music when I'm stressed or anxious.

That helps me a lot!

2 Exercise

This is one of the most important things you can do. Putting your body under physical stress can relieve your mental stress. Exercising on a regular basis helps as well. Exercise lowers your body’s stress hormones — such as cortisol — in the long run. It also helps release endorphins, which are chemicals that improve your mood and act as natural painkillers.It also helps you sleep better and have more confidence. Even a simple walk or light jog can go a long way

Staying active worked for me on this goal of stress reduction. Lack of perpetual anxiety allowed me to remember my true opinions and identity.

3 Read a book

Is the real world too much to handle? Disappear into a hot bodice ripper, blood-pumping thriller, or maybe a faraway epic fantasy. A great read can take your mind off your worries.

4 Do something artistic

Having an artistic outlet can do wonders for your mental state. Even just taking a pencil and drawing can be beneficial. You can do a variety of things from doodling to painting to dancing to playing an instrument whatever you like to do

5 Play with a pet

There’s nothing like coming home to a wagging tail after a grueling day at the office. Pets are like furry therapists, and their prescription for unconditional love really can do wonders for our mental state.

6 Laugh more

A good sense of humor can't cure all ailments, but it can help you feel better, even if you have to force a fake laugh through your grumpiness. When you laugh, it not only lightens your mental load but also causes positive physical changes in your body. Laughter fires up and then cools down your stress response. So read some jokes, tell some jokes, watch a comedy or hang out with your funny friends.

Hey! I uploaded that image. Ha-ha!

7 Write in a journal

Writing down your thoughts and feelings can be a good release for otherwise pent-up emotions. Don't think about what to write — just let it happen. Write whatever comes to mind. No one else needs to read it, so don't strive for perfection in grammar or spelling.

8 Take a brief nap

Sometimes a quick power nap could be just the thing to give your dragging brain a boost. Napping has been shown to reduce levels of cortisol and other stress hormones. Just keep it less than 30 minutes otherwise you might lose sleep at night

9 Write a story

This is something I have been doing recently. It's a very fun hobby!

10 Stay under blankets

I find it helpful to stay under the blankets on my bed during sensory overload or panic attacks.

The Contenders
11 Use aromatherapy

My anxiety disorder is the reason why I use lavender oil and carry it around with me.

12 Meditate

Meditation is a great way to relax the whole body. It’s as simple as Finding a quiet spot, sitting or laying down comfortably then just close your eyes, and breathe deeply for a few minutes. To still a turbulent mind, focus on an object or repeat a word

13 Take a mini mental vacation

Sometimes all you need to do is Close your eyes and picture yourself on a beach. Hear the waves lapping on the shore and watch the palm trees swaying in the breeze.

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