Sleeping, long walks, and listening to music are commonly known as some of the best stress-relieving activities. But what if those tried-and-true ideas are too boring or just don't work for you? Stress-busters are as varied as the stressors that get you down. Here's a look at a few unique — and maybe bizarre — methods for reducing stress.
Drink Orange Juice
Drinking orange juice is a proven stress-reducer. Researchers from the University of Alabama conducted a study giving rats 200 milligrams of Vitamin C two times per day and found it nearly stopped the production of the stress hormone, cortisol. So how much OJ do you have to drink to get that much Vitamin C? About two eight-ounce glasses should do the trick.
Give Yourself an Ear Rub
Your dog likes his ears rubbed, right? Why not try it yourself? Rubbing your own ear lobes for a few minutes is actually a great stress reliever. Massaging your ears slowly and gently releases endorphins in the brain, which make you feel more relaxed and at ease. Rub your lobes with your thumb and index finger, and work your way around and behind your ears to the bony parts of your skull.
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You've heard of painting as an emotional release for some people. Take it a step further, even if you're not the artistic type, by painting like a kid. Get down-and-dirty with some messy finger paints and a large canvas. Splatter away. If you're really at your stress threshold and in the mood for a little redecorating anyway, throw some paint at a wall.
Make a List
Lists are used in different ways for reducing stress:
- Make a bucket list of your deepest desires for inspiration
- Create a list of your real pressing tasks for clarity and focus
- Write down the most bizarre things you can think of that you'll never do for a brief distraction
Tailor the focus of your list to your needs, whether that's lightening up, being able to focus, or just getting your mind off what's bothering you.
Curl Your Toes and Body
When's the last time you curled your toes — really curled them as tight as possible? Give it a try. Then do the same with the rest of your muscle groups, working your way up to the top. Hold each curl or clench for about 15 seconds before releasing. End with wrinkling your face and nose as tight as you can.
Schedule a Stress “Time-Out”
If your worries are legitimate and cause you pain and worry, perhaps checking out the Canadian Pharmacy Online for some over-the-counter prescription treatments will get your stress under control. Otherwise, schedule time for your stress. Whether it's while soaking in a hot tub at 7 p.m. or before hitting the gym at 6:00 a.m., create a set time and allow yourself to worry.
If there's a lot of stress on your plate, refer to stress-beater number four and make a list of all your worries — then let them go.
Stress and worry is, unfortunately, part of daily life. The best way to handle it is to learn how to manage and ease it.