Our erratic work schedules often leave us with no time in the day. Daily stress levels were skyrocketing, even before the pandemic. The pandemic has changed the status-quo, and the world has begun to feel heavy. Doctors and therapists advise us to rest and relax; this is such a common thing to hear that it has become a cliche.
Relaxation doesn’t imply a spa session every weekend. Relaxation takes less time and effort than most people think.
In this article, we take you through some of the most effective, stress-relieving exercises and activities that let you unwind after a full day’s work.
Listen to your Body
If you listen closely, you will realise how well your body communicates with you. Close your eyes and mentally scan your body from head to toe. You will get an idea of how stress affects your body parts each day. You can either sit down with your feet placed on the floor or lie down on your back.
Be aware of the places on your body that feel tight or loose. For about two minutes, imagine deep breaths flowing into every part of your part, especially the ones affected by stress. Repeat the same as you move from the toes to your head. Pay keen attention towards the sensations you feel, and open your eyes after you are done.
Power of Laughter
Cortisol, the primary stress hormone circulates all over our body when we are stressed out. Laughter lowers the amount of cortisol by increasing the intake of oxygen and combats stress effectively.
Lighten up your mood by turning to your favourite comic books, watching your favourite sitcom, or by talking to someone who makes you smile.
Magic of music
Did you know that music can have a profound effect on your emotions? Fast music makes you concentrate better and upbeat music can make you feel optimistic about life. On a similar note, slow tempo and melodies relax your muscles, soothe your mind, and release day-to-day stress.
In fact, music is one of the most effective ways of relaxation and stress relief. What’s better than cranking up your favourite tunes at the end of the day?
Did you know that aerobic exercises can have a neurochemical impact on your body? Yes, you read that right. Exercises reduce the stress levels in your body by lowering the amounts of adrenaline and cortisol present in the body. Physical activity also stimulates the generation of endorphins in the brain.
Endorphins are the body’s own way of treating pain and elevating mood. These endorphins released in the brain tackle stress and create a feeling of optimism and relaxation. If you are not used to aerobics as a form of exercise, you can choose any kind of exercise. In fact, even a simple 15-minute stroll around your neighborhood can help.