Tuesday, 20 October 2015

10 Unusual Ways to Combat Stress

stress, anxiety, stress management
Everyone is under too much pressure these days, because people expect so much, so quickly. Stress can be a positive thing, because it drives you to do better, but, too much stress and it can overload you. Unless you are prepared to go off-grid and live on your own in the wilds, you are not going to be able simply dump all your stress, but there are things you can do that can help you to manage it. If you’ve tried all the usual tricks to beat stress and found that meditation and the like really aren’t for you, take a look at these ten somewhat unusual techniques that you could use to combat stress.


1. Play with your earlobes
Yep, you read it right. Apparently, if you stroke your earlobes when you feel stressed it promotes a feeling of calmness. On the other hand, if you put your head in your hands, which would be exactly what most people do, that will actually increase your feelings of stress.

2. Run away
The symptoms of stress are caused by our natural fight or flight instinct, so why not go with your instincts and run away and hide! Ok, so that’s not really feasible if you want to keep your job, but if you can get away from the telephones and computer screens for ten minutes, it will make you feel a whole lot better. Go and lock yourself in a toilet cubicle for ten minutes. No one is going to ask you what you are doing in there.

3. Snap your wrist with a rubber band
Wear a rubber band around your wrist and, every time that you feel that stress is getting the better of you, snap it on your wrist. Eventually, your mind will learn that getting stressed hurts and you will train it to cope with stressful situations better.

4. Eat porridge oats for breakfast
Eating a bowl of hot porridge oats every morning will help your body with the production of the feel-good hormone serotonin, which combats the stress hormones. Oatmeal also contains a good supply of potassium and magnesium, which will relax you and lower your blood pressure.

5. Learn how to procrastinate
Never do today what you can put off until tomorrow!  The biggest cause of stress is trying to squeeze an impossibly large number of tasks into one single day. Accept the fact that you are not super human and put off what really doesn’t need doing straight away. Prioritise your work load and don’t take on jobs that can’t comfortably do in the time you have available. In other words, learn how to say no.

6. Get some Vitamin C
A glass of orange juice could do you the world of good when stress is when stress is getting on top of you, because Vitamin C has the ability to lower the levels of stress hormones in the body.  Although you may feel tempted to drink a few beers to calm you down, orange juice will be a lot better for you, and it won’t cause you to make mistakes that could lead to even more stress.

7. Have some sex
Sex is a great stress buster too, if you can get it just when you need it! With sex, you get the combined positive effect of the social connection with another person and the release of endorphins into your body. And, of course, it should take your mind off things for a while.

8. Doodle
Anything creative will help you cope with stress and drawing, painting, and music, are all used by therapists to calm people down. Try doodling in your note pad at work and, by the time you have finished your masterpiece, you should feel a lot calmer and back in control.

9. Take a kids toy to work
Take a little toy car with you to work in your pocket and, whenever someone is really stressing you out, reach for it and play with it in your pocket. It will remind you that kids don’t take life so seriously, and nor should you.

10. Chew gum
Actually, I hate it when people munch on gum while they are talking to you, but this about stress management, not my pet peeves. A research study did find though, that people who chew gum are better at multi-tasking and they experience lower levels of anxiety .



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