Enough of relaxation and meditation and time management techniques for getting hold of your stress. Yes, believe it or not, this is a shrink talking. And behold, I have worked for a stress clinic for over a year and I could see the displeasure on the patient’s face when we talked about beating stress. Yes, seems like they have been there, done that, and though all those age old techniques do work, they lack novelty.
Stress has been talked about way too often and way too much. But when it comes to beating the pulp out of it, who says it has to be boring? Like one of my patients said “It should be named – beating stress, inviting boredom.” So, here’s a free session with the stress shrink but with a newer twist.
Don’t just beat the crap out of stress, have fun while doing it!
- Go have cocktails with the girls / guys
Company makes things better. And not just the Facebook crowd where people just like your picture and drop a comment, we are talking about real company. People actually telling you that you look fantastic and that they are jealous! Call your friends, go out for cocktails or coffee or whatever suits you just fine and come back with the biggest grin and the loveliest of memories.
- Music and Dance
No one hates music. At least no one has admitted it out loud. Listen to it. Dance to it. If you think you are a terrible dancer, don’t worry; you aren’t dancing for the X factor auditions. Just unwind. Loosen your body, shake it around, do the weirdest steps you want to and be your own choreographer. Once the muscles loosen, the mind relaxes. You will not only feel better and lighter, you just had the best uninhibited dance!
- Bath, Body and Beyond
Yes, cheesy but works like a charm. Drop sea salts into a warm bath and soak yourself in it! Not only does it cleanse the body, it refreshes the mind. And a warm bath can never do any body wrong. Make sure your phone is on the silent mode and is buried somewhere dark and deep before you even start this.
- Sweat it out!
Anger, stress, sluggishness or any negative emotions – the common “almost cure” to all this remains sweat. Yes, sweating is said to be emotionally cathartic! Go to gym, jog your lungs out (almost), go run on the beach, swim till you sweat (try that!), take your dog for a run or just go treat yourself to a nice sauna. But have those sweat glands activated.
- Charlie Chaplin
Or humor in general! Rent comedies and watch them back to back. A bag of popcorn to go along won’t hurt. Sounds clichéd but one can actually laugh their worries away, or at least work on doing that. P.S. Tom & Jerry work just as fine!
Now, what works and what doesn’t s totally on how willing are you to actually let go. Stress is stressful, so why not just find better ways to shoo it away!
So, tell us what works for you?