We all need time to recharge our batteries. The stress of work, family, and social obligations can really add up if you’re not careful. Extended vacations in tropical destinations and regularly scheduled massages are great and all, but let’s face it, these activities are not always realistic. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to relax, reduce and relieve stress in several, unconventional ways, many of which you can do, on your own, in the comfort of your own home.
1. At Home Spa Day (or Night)
You don’t need to drop big bucks to have a spa day. In fact, you don’t even need to leave the house. The next time you’re at the store, pick up some bath bombs (we love anything with eucalyptus in it, but go with what relaxes you), a face mask and candles. Then, when you have a stressful day, draw a bath, drop in the bombs and slip right in. Make sure to turn on relaxing music. It’s best to go with lyric-free music, as this allows your mind to drift away.
And don’t worry about spending big bucks on a face mask. The purpose here is to relax, not to go all out and rejuvenate your skin. While there are great face masks out there, there are cheap options at your local grocery store perfect for aiding in your relaxing home spa day.
During masturbation, much like sex, your brain releases chemicals to the rest of your body, allowing you to feel naturally relaxed. Even if you have a partner, sometimes taking some personal, one-on-one time is best in these cases. This is because you don’t have to focus on anyone but yourself.
Stress relief sex toys will help take your relaxation to another level as well. You want to set aside enough time to build it up and enjoy it. When masturbation to reduce stress, it’s about the journey, not the ending. Don’t rush to the conclusion. You wouldn’t skip to the end of a good book, would you? With the help of sex toys made specifically for women, take your time. Allow your mind to wander into those fantasies. This is about you.
There are a number of masturbation health benefits, including reducing your stress levels. However, if we could offer a suggestion, it’s best to do this before bed. Due to the chemicals released in your brain, you will feel relaxed and ready for bed. So let yourself drift away following your orgasm. And feel free to have your spa day flow right into an extended, sexual, masturbation session.
3. Boost Your Vitamin C
Increasing your vitamin C might not be as sexy or as fun as a spa day or masturbating, but it helps, and it is crucial to living a healthy life. Vitamin C helps your body fight off infections and keeps you healthy during cold and flu season. It also helps combat the mental and physical effects of stress. You can pop a supplement, add a glass of orange juice in the morning or, one of our personal favorites, add that much-needed mimosa to your spa.
4. Guided Meditation
Stress often leads to anxiety and anxiety often leads to depression. Guided meditation offers an excellent way to reduce stress levels, center your mind and allow you to relax. Of all the ways to reduce stress, this is one of the options you can do just about anywhere. There are excellent guided meditation offerings on YouTube, not to mention guided meditation apps. After just a few minutes, you’ll begin to feel your stress start to slip away.
5. Clean the House
Some people swear cleaning helps them reduce stress. In reality, the constant movement more than likely allows their heart rate to increase while their mind focuses on something else. However, cleaning your house isn’t the actual stress reducer. It’s what comes after it. A de-cluttered home gives your mind fewer items to focus on. There’s a reason why areas dedicated to meditation and relaxation are sparse of objects and decorations. It takes away areas for you to focus on and stress out about. So the next time you put off cleaning the house, just remember, it will help reduce your stress levels later on.
It’s also recommended to carry this over to your work environment. Keep your office area clean and organized. This will help you calm your mind and reduce anxiety while at work.
6. Go For a Walk
Do you ever feel cramped or closed in, even when sitting in your home or at the job? It’s as if invisible walls are moving in and a sense of claustrophobia sets in. One of the best ways to combat this is to get outside and go for a walk. Sunlight brings with it vitamin D, which helps reduce stress levels, and the walk will increase your heart rate, which increases the amount of oxygen flowing through your body, to your brain and other organs.
One of the best ways to relieve stress it to have a dog. When you have a dog it increases your need to go outside and take a walk. In a way, it forces you to relax. When possible go for a walk outside in a natural environment, such as around a park, through a trail or anywhere else there’s a natural environment. According to research conducted by Stanford University, those who go for 90 minute walks through trails or other natural locations experience a significant drop off in rumination (or negative thoughts repeated).
7. Pick Up Some Gum
Sometimes there’s really nothing you can do about stress. It comes in waves. When at work you can’t go outside and scream into a pillow or drop everything for a 90-minute walk. However, you can chew a piece of gum. Chewing gum helps improve blood flow in the brain, which gives you a better control over emotions. It also helps boost your level of calmness. So it’s worth keeping some gum on hand for those extra stressful days.
8. Write It Out
Keeping a journal often falls by the wayside as we grow older. For whatever reason, we see it as juvenile. However, there are a number of health benefits behind writing in a journal. By writing out what’s causing you to stress you give your brain the ability to physically see it written down. This also allows your brain to process the information differently. In fact, you may just realize how silly something is to stress over when you read it out loud and see it printed out.
You don’t need to keep what you write out. In some instances, writing out what is causing stress and ripping it up, burning it, shredding it or just throwing it away can prove therapeutic. Whatever you do with it, consider writing out what’s bringing you stress.
9. Solid Sack Time
It’s time to up your sleep game. Your bed should be there for two things: sleep and sex. Take the mental distractions away. Remove the television and put your phone on a nightstand. These screens reduce your quality of sleep, which increases your chance of becoming irritable during the day.
Back when humans still live in caves and were hunted by predators, the body developed what is known as “fight or flight.” This is where the brain either decides to run away or to stay there and fight. The problem now is this can lease to angry confrontations in the office or at home, especially when dealing with high levels of stress. To combat this, taking long, deep breaths is critical.
The fight or flight stage disappears after a few seconds. By taking long, deep breaths, you’ll help calm yourself down, increase oxygen flow to the brain and improve your ability to relax.
Stress is a natural part of everyone’s life. However, you don’t need to let it dictate your life. With the help of these 10 helpful tips for reducing your levels of stress, you’ll feel a greater sense of self while relaxing throughout the week. From a spa day and masturbating to going for a walk and increasing your vitamin C, you’re never far away from helpful, stress-reducing opportunities.