Travel can help calm your mind, heal your broken heart, relieve pain or grief, and help you to come back into life balance. Vacation is a great chance to take a break from your work, enjoy time with your family or friends, reduce stress and tiredness, relax and rejuvenate, retreat yourself and get back your zest for life. Many researchers found that taking a vacation has a positive effect on human health and well-being.
2. Listen to Music
Numerous studies show that music therapy is an effective treatment for decreasing anxiety, stress, and pain. As researches found, listening to music can have a tremendously relaxing effect on our minds and bodies, especially quiet classical music, that slows the pulse and heart rate, lowers blood pressure, and decreases the levels of stress hormones.
“Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body”- Martha Graham. Dance may reduce stress because it is considered to be exercise. Dance can help you to achieve better physical and mental health. Many researchers found that dance therapy can be used for stress reduction, disease prevention, and mood management.
4. Take a Walk in a Forest or Park
Forest bathing or forest therapy originated in Japan. Since 2004, several studies were conducted in Japan to investigate the positive effect of forest bathing on human health. Researches reported that forest therapy may reduce stress as well as lower blood pressure and heart rate. The forest environment is enjoyable due to the quiet atmosphere, clean fresh air, special trees fragrance, and mild climate.
5. Create Art and Craft
Creative therapy is the process of making art or craft to improve and enhance the psychological and social well-being of individuals of all ages and health conditions. Focusing on creativity keeping your mind off from cause of stress. Also, it can help you to find your hidden talent.
6. Explore Photography
Photography is an amazing for managing stress. Pick up a camera, learn photography, find more appreciations in life by capturing the beauty surrounds you, and discovery happiness in the small moments. Calm your anxious mind, see the world in a unique way, and practice mindfulness.
7. Watch Funny Videos and Comedies
Many studies proved that laughter is the best medicine to decrease stress, improve immune system, and reduce blood pressure. The latest researches show that laughter, humor, and happiness are keys to good health and longevity.
8. Play with Animals
Our best friends can help us to reduce blood pressure, and improve mood. Studies show that interactions with animals can decrease stress and reactions to stressful situations.
9. Have a Hobby
There are many hobbies to choose from that may reduce your stress – gardening, reading, playing musical instruments, fish-keeping, woodworking, car restoration, home brewing, fishing, wood carving, philately, coin or art collecting, and much more.
10. Stop and Smell the Roses
Learn about time management. Have your leisure time to relax, rejuvenate, and recharge. Connect with your friends and family. Appreciate what you have and enjoy the beauty of life. Live life to the fullest.
I’m not a doctor or psychologist. I am one of these individuals who suffered a lot of mental stress, social anxiety, and frustration in my life in the past. I am happy that I overcame my depression and anxiety using many of the aforementioned healing activities.
The health professionals will offer you several options for decreasing stress and anxiety. Each individual may manage stress in his/her own way. Choose stress decreasing activities that are exciting, natural, and working for you. Don’t force yourself to anything that you don’t want or dislike. Otherwise, it will not decrease your stress level.