Everyone knows life can be stressful. You may have lost your job recently, or are going through a tough personal time. Whatever the circumstance, you have to have methods of coping through stress. It’s important to remember that you’re strong and will get through the bad times. Here are 5 ways to relax quickly:
Tea: Drinking tea is a mild natural sedative. I can’t help but feel relaxed and centered after a nice cup of hot tea. Even when I was young, and I disliked the bitter taste of tea, it was still so soothing when I was sick or upset. If you find it tough to motivate yourself to have a cup, try giving yourself a simple goal: Just finish half a cup, and you can pour the rest out. You might have a good time discovering the different tea flavors out there.
Breath: This tends to get taken for granted quite often, but you can actually manipulate your body into relaxing. Try taking steady deep breaths with your stomach- not your chest. Human beings can build anxiety when they try to breath with just their chest. We use our stomach to breath when we are most relaxed.
Count: It might seem a bit silly to count out loud, but this can really help you get your emotions under control. Even counting silently in your head is beneficial. Sometimes we react to a situation out of surprise, before we can really put it into perspective. If you give yourself a moment to focus on something else, like counting, you might feel a little more rational about the situation.
Walk: Many people go on walks when they’re unhappy or anxious, but for those of you that don’t, you’re really missing out. When you get outside in the fresh air with the sun and the trees it creates an uplifting environment. You’d be surprised how much your mood will brighten after just 30 minutes.
Talk to Somebody: Having a shoulder to cry on or an ear that will listen can be really helpful in times of stress. Sometimes you just have to get what’s on your mind out in the open. If you think speaking to the person that is stressing you out could make problems worse, try talking to a close friend or family member. Just be sure to choose someone who is unbiased and who cares about your feelings. Choosing someone you trust is important because some people can take situations out of context or be overly judgmental. The last thing you need is someone riling you up more than you already are.