January 6th, 2017 | Updated on March 13th, 2018
A few weird stress busters for stress management
Stress, pressure, anxiety and depression is part of everyone’s life these days, especially youth takes so much stress for different reasons. Burst the stress as quicker as possible and it’s not that difficult. Now question is how to manage stress or reduce stress?
We’ve found some weird but wonderful ways to help manage stress. So next time when you feel stressed, anxious or depressed, try these 7 quirky stress busters , which will definitely help you.
1. Chew Gum
No one kidding! It really works. Researchers from Melbourne’s Swinburne University and the Wrigley Science Institute in Chicago concluded that chewing a stick of gum not only helps in stress bursting bout also make you more alert and help you multi-task.
A study found anxiety levels dropped by 17 per cent in mildly stressed people when they chewed gum. Their alertness levels were also found to be 19 per cent higher than non-chewers, and they were 67 per cent more effective when asked to multi-task, too.
2. Eat Chocolate
Have you ever heard about Chocolate Cure? Swiss scientists found in a clinical trial in Lausanne that eating 40 grams of dark chocolate daily for two weeks reduced the stress hormone cortisol in people who reported feeling “highly stressed”. Chocolate is most tasty stress buster.
3. Get a pet especially cat
A 10-year study of 4000 Americans found pets helped relieve stress, with most people who took part in the study owning a cat. In the study, cat owners were found to have a 30 per cent lower risk of death from heart attack than men and women who didn’t own a cat.
4. Relax yourself with yoga
Yoga is one of the best stress busters as it puts the body in a state of deep rest. Researchers now believe that same response can change how our genes behave for the better when we are faced with stress. They believe that during relaxation, oxygen intake reduces, we exhale more nitric oxide and psychological stress levels drop.
5. Blow up a balloon
The act of blowing up a balloon does two important things for stress relief: it makes you breathe deeper, because you have to use your diaphragm, and it makes you breathe more slowly. Both these things activate our parasympathetic nervous system, which reduces our heart rate and relaxes our muscles.6. Watch Comedy: Watching a comic movie or comedy show is most easiest and quickest way to burst the stress. Just thinking about laughing can start a chain reaction in your body that reduces the stress hormones cortisol, adrenaline and dopac, says researcher Dr Lee Berk of Loma Linda University in California.
6. Watch Comedy
Watching a comic movie or comedy show is most easiest and quickest way to burst the stress. Just thinking about laughing can start a chain reaction in your body that reduces the stress hormones cortisol, adrenaline and dopac, says researcher Dr Lee Berk of Loma Linda University in California.
7. Ring your MUM
Phoning your mum and hearing her voice is as good as a hug for stress release. A study in the US found that when young girls were suddenly put in a stressful situation, the sound of their mum’s voice reduced stress hormone levels and boosted levels of the comforting hormone oxytocin.
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