6 Ways for You To Relieve Stress at Home in Under an Hour

Friday, September 18, 2020


Stress and anxiety are usually the results of having too many worries to think about. If you ever feel like you’re being swamped with responsibilities, it can quickly spiral out of control and lead to negative thoughts. These thoughts can fester and eventually turn into negative actions, such as falling back into bad habits, binge eating or even ignoring your friends and family members. While there’s no singular cure for treating stress and anxiety, there are many different ways for you to relieve stress at home.

We can’t guarantee that all of these methods will work for you, but they have a high chance of helping. The key to beating stress with a 100% success rate is to find what triggers your stress and what works to help you. For instance, stress triggered by your workplace might be dealt with differently than stress that comes from raising children. It’s your job to identify those triggers and find a suitable remedy for it. Hopefully, that remedy is something you can find in our list of 6 ways to relieve stress in under an hour.

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1. Connect with friends and family members

Sometimes, having a friend or family member to rant to might be a great way for you to relieve stress. Of course, you never want to make a habit of it and constantly lean on someone else just to rant to them, but it can help occasionally if you have something you want to get off your chest. If you don’t want to bother other people, then even talking to yourself can be a good option as long as it’s calm and controlled. Just tell yourself what’s making you stressed and you’ll find yourself feeling a bit more relaxed almost instantly.

2. Listen to some soothing music

One of the most effective ways to reduce your stress is to listen to some music and do nothing else. Many of us listen to music, but it’s usually combined with something else such as doing chores or commuting to work. For once, try to just sit in a comfortable chair (or lay in your bed) and listen to some music at your own pace. Music has a positive effect on your brain and can lower your stress levels. Classical music is usually the best for this, but ASMR can actually be incredibly effective as well if you have a good pair of earphones. The relaxing sounds can tingle your brain and can move through your entire body, causing you to relax and even fall asleep at times.

3. Try some supplements

Some people find that supplements are incredibly effective at overcoming stress at home. Popular options include green tea which can lower stress levels or lemon balm which has been studied for its anti-anxiety effects. Some more modern alternatives include adding Penguin CBD to food and beverages for its positive health benefits, or even kava supplements that have been used as a sedative in the South Pacific for many years. Supplements are a great way to relieve stress, but it’s important to speak to your physician before taking them long-term as it could have an impact on your overall health.

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4. Go for a walk

Walking is an effective way to relieve stress while also boosting your mood. Whether it’s getting off a station early to walk home during your commute or just going for a relaxing stroll after dinner, there are many opportunities where we can fit in a short walk to help relieve stress. Walking can also help you loosen up the tension in your body which can soothe you and help you fall back into a calm and relaxed state. It’s important not to walk too fast as you might find yourself pacing as you stress out over different things. To distract yourself, we suggest walking in an environment with lots of interesting green scenery or listening to some relaxing music with your headphones on as you walk around.

5. Go for a run (or get serious some exercise in)

Exercise is a great way to lower your body’s stress hormones and we highly recommend it as a way to beat stress. Not only can it take the focus off those negative feelings, but you’re also improving your body as you do it. While many people lean on bad habits like alcohol, smoking or even binge eating to overcome stress, you can develop better habits by using exercise as your go-to stress reliever. Some people like to run around the block, and others prefer to get to work on a punching bag. Whatever you choose to do, exercise can be a fantastic way to relieve stress in just under an hour (or even less!).

6. Consider trying aromatherapy

Essential oils are a great way to soothe your senses and relieve stress. Some scents are known for their relaxing qualities, such as lavender, rose, ylang-ylang, geranium and bergamot. These are commonly found in scented candles, but you can also buy them in essential oil form which can be used in a diffuser. Aromatherapy can also work in baths, but it’s important that you don’t just dump the oils into the bath. This is because they can’t actually dissolve into the water due to being an oil. Instead, you’ll need to disperse the essential oils or use foaming products that contain the essential oil.

Stress can be difficult to cope with. It often gets the best of us and can cloud our decision making, so it’s important to find your own way to deal with it as best as you can. You might find that some anti-stress strategies stop working after a while. This is fairly normal and it’s important to try different ways to beat your stress, so don’t be afraid to try something new. Different triggers can be solved by different solutions, so it can help to keep a diary of your stress-beating journey.

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