9 Unusual Ways To Cope With Stress
Coping with stress can be challenging for anybody, but it can be even more difficult when you don’t seem to find solace and calm in the same way as other people. Some people may be able to take some deep breaths or have a bath and feel calmer, but that may not work for you. Read on for nine unusual ways to cope with stress to see if you find something that could help you:
Have A Glass of Orange Juice
Weirdly, having a glass of orange juice could help you to reduce your stress levels substantially. Orange juice can increase your vitamin C levels, and vitamin C has been linked with feeling less stressed.
While you’re at it, make sure you’re getting other vitamins and minerals in fruit, vegetables, and safe supplements you may need. Some swear by cbd gummies for anti-anxiety help, but you’ll need to research to discover what will work best for you.
Chew Some Gum
Chewing gum might make you look like a cow chewing cud, but it’ll freshen your breath, and studies also report that it can help reduce cortisol, the stress hormone. Alongside this, chewing gum can help you to feel more alert, so it’s great for focusing and getting some real work done at home. Plus, there are the benefits of fresher breath and cleaner teeth if you chew it after eating.
If you don’t like gum, some studies suggest that eating something crunchy could relieve anxiety. It would seem that doing a lot of chewing can help!
You don’t need to be the fittest person in the world to move your body and enjoy that as a form of stress relief. You can do absolutely any activity: walking, swimming, running, dancing, yoga, or just stretching. If you get an intense 15 minute (or longer) workout in, you might even find that you enjoy a ‘high’ from your efforts.
Physical activity is essential for our health and well-being, but one of its significant short-term effects is reducing stress. Over time, your mental health should seriously improve.
If you can’t fit in a long exercise session, try to take shorter exercise breaks throughout the day. This is especially important if you spend a lot of time sitting looking at a computer, as people can sit for hours without realizing it.
Aim to get up and walk about a bit at least once every hour. Do some stretches too! Using the timer method can help you stay focused on your work before the beeping sound alerts you; it’s time to walk.
Look at Fractals
A fractal is a repeating similar or identical pattern found in art, nature, architecture, and other places. Finding these fractals and looking at them can reduce stress.
Research shows that looking at things like swirls, snowflakes, waves, and other fractal images can calm the brain. Immerse yourself in fractals for a short time each day, and you may find your stress levels significantly improve.
Reading may feel like a chore for some, but many people find comfort in reading and books. This is often called ‘bibliotherapy’ when it is being used as a form of stress relief. It can be anything at all: a piece of famous literature, something inspirational, something educational, a trashy story, and just about anything else you like to read.
As long as you’re enjoying it and it helps to take you out of yourself, you’re doing it right. People who used bibliotherapy reported that their anxiety and stress decreased, and their quality of life improved. When you’re stressed, it could be a great time to work through your reading list.
Pet A Dog (or Another Furry Friend)
If you don’t have a dog, see if you can borrow one from a friend – better yet, head to the shelter and help out for a bit. Shelters are always looking for people to play with the dogs and even take them out and walk them.
Playing with a beloved dog, or even cat, or another furry friend at home, can massively reduce stress and anxiety. Stroking a dog, talking to a dog, and only having them there when you need them can be such a massive help for those that struggle with their mental health.
Try To Take Some Time To Relax
Some people say that keeping to a routine or ritual helps them, but rigidly sticking to a schedule like this can harm your stress levels. When you’re feeling stressed out, try to relax! Rather than having a drawn-out routine/ritual, take some time for yourself. Take the day off work if you can!
Then, spend the day napping, eating good food, reading, bathing, and doing the things you don’t usually let yourself do because you’re short on time (or any other excuse you tend to make). You don’t need to do those things – do what relaxes you as a person. It could be playing with model trains, painting, birdwatching; whatever it is, make time for it and don’t feel guilty for it.
Take A Nap
Have you been getting enough sleep? If not, taking a nap could be an excellent idea. Napping isn’t a waste of time, as some people would have you believe. Many of the most successful people in the world and history have relied on naps to get them through the day.
Taking a 15-30 minute nap in the afternoon could help to rejuvenate you for the day. Studies prove that napping can improve memory and focus, and have lots of other benefits. Just don’t let yourself nap for too long, as you can feel groggy afterward and may struggle to function.
Get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Do it in your garden or head to a local nature reserve. Spend time feeling the grass between your toes, take in the fresh air, watch the clouds, even hug a tree!
It might sound a little hippy, but we don’t spend enough time in nature, let alone appreciating nature. Try to get out a few times a week. Take a notebook with you, and who knows? You might even come up with some great ideas or solutions to problems as you feel the stresses from home melt away!
9 Unusual Ways To Cope With Stress
Coping with stress can be challenging, but dealing with stress for a prolonged period can lead to mental health issues and even long term burn out. Burnout can be very difficult to come back from, so don’t let it get to that stage. Know your stress triggers and notice how you feel so you can identify the early signs of stress and begin to work on relieving it ASAP.
If something tends to be a constant stress source, like your work, figure out what you can do to improve. Could you ask your boss for less work or a different type of work? Is there a way you could work to your strengths better? Would look for a new job gives you some relief? There’s always a solution. You have to be determined to come up with one and brave enough to ask for what you want.
If you have any unusual ways of coping with stress that you’d like to add, please leave a comment below. Thanks for reading!