Let's face it, modern life can really take a toll on a person. Whether
you're neck deep in schoolwork, staying at home with the kids every
day, or working 60 hours per week, stress seems to always find a way to
rear its ugly head. Fortunately, you're not the only one, and there
are hundreds of ways to relieve stress that just might do the trick for
you. Check out some of our current favorites below, and try incorporating
one or two into your daily routine.
Adult coloring books are popping up everywhere and for every interest.
Want to be one with nature? Check out Johanna Basford's
Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt, which is filled with whimsical floral designs and forest critters. Are
cats more up your alley? Pick up your copy of Blue Star Coloring's
Stress Relieving Cats today, and you can color in 30 of them. With stress and anxiety running
rampant, coloring books have started popping up everywhere as adults discover
and understand the relaxing nature of unwinding and being present while
simply coloring within the lines.
The amount of mobile apps designed to aid with stress relief is growing
seemingly by the minute.
Breathe2Relax, for example, is designed to guide the user through deep and peaceful
breathing by providing exercises on proper deep breathing techniques in
addition to educating users on the negative effects of stress.
Happify is another one of our favorites, which encourages users to set up short
and long-term goals so that they can focus on what they're working
toward. This app also provides fun and relaxing games designed to put
a stop to negative thought patterns.
Desktop Zen Garden
As all things old often become new again, so has the zen garden -- except
this time, it fits on your desk. Desktop zen gardens are not only a fun
and funky decor item, but they're also extremely effective stress
relievers. Zen gardens help you practice meditation (which we'll touch
on next), and tune in to your creative side. They give you something simple
and beautiful to focus on and channel your energy into as you let the
stress melt away.
Meditation has been around for centuries as an effective and basic method
of relaxation, perfect for those who have been feeling especially stressed
or anxious lately. The goal of meditation is typically to give you a sense
of calm and balance by putting your mind at ease. If you're interested
in trying out basic meditation to see if it's right for you, simply
close your eyes and let your mind go blank. As your mind starts to wander,
focus on your breath and only that, pushing away everything else. Stay
in this headspace for two to three minutes your first couple of times
around, then progress into gradually longer meditation sessions as you
feel more comfortable.
Like meditation, yoga isn't new to the stress-relief game, but its
popularity is picking up lately as more and more people turn to it to
reap the relaxing benefits. Not only is yoga an excellent form of exercise,
which in and of itself is often a potent stress reliever, but it also
helps to clear the mind by bringing you into the present moment. There
are many different styles and difficulty levels of yoga, but each generally
focuses on the core components of breathing, poses and relaxation. Take
a class at your local studio or follow along with a YouTube video at home
to see what's right for you.
Have you tried any of the above, or do you have any specific relaxation
techniques that help you combat life's stress? Share your thoughts
in the comments below.