You can’t escape stress, but you can manage it properly for a happier, healthier life. Stress can come from all manner of problems and daily occurrences, so it’s best to come to terms with the fact that you’ll never totally eliminate it. We’ve all heard about the common ways of reducing stress; exercising, using a creative outlet, etc., but there are some unconventional ways to manage stress that may be more beneficial depending on your individual situation. Here are six unconventional ways to tame stress (without exercising).
1. Scream Into A Pillow
That’s right. Grab your pillow, take a big breath, and bury your face in it and scream. Scream as loud as you want for as long as you want into your pillow. You’ll find it’s actually quite nice to be able to scream when things become overwhelming. Stress can induce all kinds of emotions, but we’re taught to keep it all in and handle it. Well, I say let it out. Scream in the shower, into a pillow, in the middle of a forest. Just don’t try this in a crowded parking lot.
Before you knock it, try it out. Sure, it’s not conventional, but the title of this article isn’t “Conventional Ways to Tame Stress”, is it? Screaming can help reduce your stress levels, let out frustration, and even give you some of your power back. So go ahead, grab that pillow, and give a good, long scream for the rest of us.
2. Chat Online
The internet has brought humans closer together, and online chat rooms are a great way to deal with stress. These rooms can help you retain anonymity while creating a safe environment for you to vent about anything; your job, bills, your husband, your parents, your child, whatever you need! There are even specific forums on sites like Reddit for stress and everyday issues.
You don’t ever have to give out your real name, and yet, you’ll feel connected with a community of people who suffer from the same problems you’re stressing over. This sense of community can help you tame that stress and prevent it from making you more upset.
3. Eliminate Stressors
We’re always focused on managing the stress, but what about reducing the overall amount of stress you have to handle to begin with? You’ll never fully escape stress, but you can certainly reduce it by taking a look at the things that stress you out the most. What things (or people) in your life cause your stress meter to go through the roof? Is it your boss? Your spouse? Emails after 9 PM? Maybe the real issue at hand is that you haven’t set up boundaries for certain behaviors?
That’s not to say you should automatically decide to cut anyone out of your life who causes you stress, but it’s definitely a good thing to look closely at the value you’re getting from each of your relationships.
4. Change Up Your Surroundings
A bleak-looking home or office can help add to your stress levels, so take the time to put up some family photos, paint your walls warm colors, or add some kind of decorations to that plain and depressing office space. Our environment has a huge effect on our moods and stress levels, so ensuring yours is suited for maintaining calm and collectiveness can help you tame your stress levels.
Something as simple as one family photo or picture of your wife on your desk can bring a smile to your face even when the day seems lost. So go out and buy some picture frames, some paint, and some awesome decorations and get to work!
5. Schedule Downtime
Yes, we mean it. Schedule some downtime for yourself, no matter what your job, hobbies, or daily schedule is. In our modern world, we often get caught up in the break-neck pace that seems to dominate everything, and downtime becomes something of a long-lost dream. Well, it’s time to wake up and make that dream a reality. The best part? It’s easy. You don’t need to schedule hours at a time. Schedule 10-15 mins for yourself at some point during a busy day, and you’ll be grateful.
During your downtime, clear your mind and just relax. You don’t have to do anything if you don’t want to, but do not do any kind of work or anything that requires too much concentration. Take some time off. Slow down. Breathe.
That’s right. I want you to cry. Did you know that crying helps reduce the levels of stress hormones in the body, and can help you feel ten times better once you’re finished? Obviously, crying for no reason at random times isn’t what I had in mind, but if you’re feeling so overwhelmed you can barely hold it back, just let it out. It’s healthy.