Take Control: 6 Activities to Help You Decompress from Stress
Balancing school, work, family, friendships, significant others, and everything else under the sun can get overwhelming. Even when you form a system, something out of your control always seems to happen to throw it off. While there is no specific solution for that -- there are a few things that you can do to reduce stress and add balance in your life. We’ve come up with a short list of stress relieving activities to help you through your everyday activities.
1. Drink some tea!
Tea has many health benefits such as soothing the digestive tract, reducing the chance of heart attacks and strokes, and even reducing anxiety. Teas such as Peppermint and Chamomile are especially known for their calming properties.
You probably guessed that this would be on the list -- and you’re right. Yoga is a physical activity that combines meditation, controlled breathing and meditation/relaxation. It can reduce stress, lower your heart rate and blood pressure.
3. Light Your Favorite Candle(s)
Did you know that aromatherapy candles are a thing? Certain scents have calming properties, therefore reducing stress. Essential oil candles - such as Valerian and Lavender - are the most popular option for aromatherapy.
4. A detox bath
The temperature of bath water combined with the pressure on your chest increases oxygen intake and lung capacity which improves breathing. You can add baking soda, apple cider vinegar, or epsom salt with a few drops of essential oils to your bath for the perfect relaxation session.
5. Listen to binaural beats
Binaural beats are a type of soundwave therapy that plays two slightly different frequencies in each ear. The effects of listening to Binaural beats depends on the frequency pattern you listen to. For instance, for tension reduction you’d probably want to listen to Alpha patterns.
Coloring isn’t just for children! It has some of the same benefits as meditation and lowers the activity in the amygdala, which is the part of our brain that is involved with controlling emotions.