How to reduce Stress instantly? 9 most effective ways to relieve Stress

 "It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it", quoted Lou Holtz, a former American football player. Stress is a mess especially if you don't know how to deal with it. It's no secret that we are living a stressful time right now and it's now more important than ever to find out effective ways to relieve stress.

In this article, 'How to reduce Stress instantly? 9 most effective ways to relieve stress', we shall outline 13 quick yet effective ways to combat stress.

How to reduce stress instantly? Effective ways to relieve stress

How does stress affect us?

According to Dr. Dan Engle, head of the medical board for True Rest, stress plays a significant impact because, "when people are stressed and we live in a pretty stressful time and pretty stressful culture-they don't make effective decisions and it's easy to get into a state of projection, blame, and disempowerment. There is so much happening with the technology that is stressful to the nervous system because the nervous system has not evolved to keep pace yet with our technological advances. Stress doesn't just impact our mental health. It can certainly play a huge role in physical pain and sleep cycles. 
Cortisol, also known as the stress hormone is known to cause high blood pressure, chronic pain, sleep disorders, migraine, headaches, weight gain, cardiovascular diseases, gastrointestinal issues, immune system suppression, etc.

How to reduce stress instantly?

It was rightly said, "The only thing you can control is how you react to things out of your control". Unfortunately, we can't do anything about the stressors. But, we surely can cope with it.
In this section, we offered 13 different ways that help you cope with stress. Read them carefully and follow the ones that suit you best. 

1. Breathing exercises

One of the best ways to lower your stress down significantly over a short period of time is by deep breathing. It has been noted that by regulating our breath patterns we can lower stress levels. In fact, slow breathing techniques are helpful to a number of central nervous system activities as well as in bettering the psychological status of a person. When you breathe deeply and calmly, you allow more carbon dioxide to enter your blood which helps quiet the brain and regulates your heartbeat. Valentina Dragonir, Psychotherapist, and Founder of Psihosensus says "a breathing exercise that is particularly useful is to make the exhale longer than the inhale. Inhale counting 4 seconds and exhale counting to 8 seconds". 

There are plenty of breathing exercises you can try. Perhaps, the easiest and the best one to do is belly breathing which can be done anytime, anywhere, and has been noted to decrease stress in healthy adults, as well as improve cognitive functions. In order to do it, find a comfortable place to sit or lie down. And then, place one palm on your belly and the other one on your chest. Pay attention to how your body is moving. Breathe in (through the nose) and breathe out (through the mouth) 5 to 10 times. It feels better after doing it. 

2. Sniffing Oils

Essential oils have been used ever since ancient times to help humans in many things. They have been used in medical practices, cosmetics, and even in food preparations. Lavender, for one, is used widely for a variety of purposes. This oil is believed to promote relaxation, sleep, alleviate depression, and lower anxiety. This fact is supported by a study by Toda and Matsuse about the endocrinological effects of lavender on stressful visual stimuli. 
Robert Johnson, Founder of Sawinery, says "Whenever I feel stressed, I put a drop of pure lavender essential oil in my palm, rub them together, and inhale the fragrance. This immediately lowers my agitation due to stress".

3. Exposure to visual art

Art is cathartic. It helps you release your emotions and ease from stress. The tightening effect and physical tension caused by stress can be relieved through art. This catharsis or release of emotions calms your mind, through the attainment of peace. 

Professional Landscape Artist, Author, and award-winning educator, Diana Stelin says "Exposure to visual art whether is art-making or art viewing, reduces cortisol levels, aka stress hormones, by 75%".

Domingo Zapata stated, "By painting, I relax, let go of my demons, and travel to another planet. Through art, I get to create my own world where everything is a little more beautiful".
Studies have shown that art therapy helped increase self-esteem and decrease stress in 86% of patients suffering from mental disorders.

4. Chewing gum

It seems a bit strange but chewing scented gum can actually help reduce stress. And that too, instantly. All you got to do is take a piece of chewing gum, pop it in, and keep chewing it for as long as you wish. For the benefits to kick in, you are supposed to chew at least for 3 minutes. You can adjust your vigor while chewing to see what delivers you the best results. A study published in Science Direct corroborates this fact. 
(Tip by Yasir Nawaz, a Digital content creator)

5. Journaling Exercise

Often suppressed emotions can cause stress. Journaling gives you the opportunity to express your feelings and emotions. It's your safe and private place to talk about the stress you are feeling.  According to Dr. Noelle Nelson, Psychologist and Author, Journaling is an immediate, cathartic stress reliever since you are no longer hiding your feelings inside. 
Write down the things that are causing you the most anxiety right now. Pause for a moment and think about all the things you are grateful for. Jot them down. Now, carefully observe both lists. Take a long, deep breath and observe. What you would notice is that there are only 2-3 things bothering you while there are plenty of things that you are happy about, that you are grateful for. 
Journaling helps you feel immediately the release of anxiety and stress. 

6. Listening to Music

Music is a great stress reliever that will boost your mood and lets you release tension almost instantaneously The National Institute of Health, America, conducted a study on the effects of music on the brain. The study revealed that music could alleviate stress and ignite positive emotions through the release of dopamine, the happiest neurotransmitter you have. Dopamine facilitates a feel-great feeling, rewarding you for doing an activity, like listening to music. Music can instantly trigger the mood needed to kick stress.
(Tip by Dr. Bryan Bruno, Medical director at Midcity TMS)

7. Physical Movement/ Exercise

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Annie Varvaryan, says, "on the level of the body, it is important to tap into the 'relaxation' response of the Nervous System by doing exercises that can increase calm and loosening of tension in our bodies". We usually carry stress in the form of tension in our bodies usually in the shoulders and neck. Some exercises to relieve stress include deep breathing strategies and progressive muscle relaxation which is a series of tensing and releasing different muscle groups in the body. There are plenty of exercises especially designed to fight stress, we've mentioned a 60-second one below, called Standing forward bend (by Tina Williamson, Founder of Mindfulamazing).
1. Feet touching or hip-width apart, whichever feels better for you.
2. Standing tall, inhale, and as you exhale bend toward the floor. Sweep your arms down on either side of your body. 
3. Tuck your chin close to your chest, relax your shoulders and extend your spine.
4. Ensure your weight comes from your pelvis and not from your back. Straighten your legs as much as possible.
5. Let your arms hang. Hold for 30 seconds. Sway your head from side to side and release from the tension.

8. Bilateral Simulation

This technique involves stimulating both sides of the brain to stop anxiety or unwanted feelings of discomfort. It is absurdly simple yet amazingly efficient. Grab a ball (or lemon or anything you can toss) and think of something that is causing you discomfort. Now pass the ball back and forth from one hand to the other, crossing the mid-line. Do this for a minute. Stop. Take a deep breath and check in with yourself. You will notice the stress and anxiety dissipate. If it hasn't repeat the same, again. 
By doing this, you are stimulating and activating both hemispheres of your brain. Due to this, blood and electrical impulses spread throughout the brain, flooding that area of association and diffusing it. 
(Tip by Bara Sapir, an Internationally recognized expert in Personal Empowerment)

9. Light a scented candle

Lighting a scented candle and watching it is an easy and surprisingly effective way to relieve stress in an instant. According to studies, aromatherapy has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, and other discomforting feelings. Life coach and Meditation facilitator, Harley Frank suggests trying soothing scents like lavender and sandalwood. In addition to the benefits of aroma, lighting a candle and watching its flame allows you to take a quick pause in your day, which will make you more relaxed. 

Concluding 'How to reduce stress instantly?'

There are actually innumerous ways to cope with stress. But not everything works best. As human beings, our personalities, wishes, and desires vary from one another. That's why we have highlighted the 9 most effective ways to relieve stress. These can be made use of by almost anyone.

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