In an ideal world, I would look up ‘Best Stress-Busting Technique 2021’, knock the first few off the list (deep-breathing, stretchy yoga and venting to my mom) and all my stress would melt away and things would be right again. Not that these tips are bad, they’re actually pretty damn good. However, with the current circumstances of the world, the most I can ask for from stress relieving hacks is that help me cope, instead of eliminating stress altogether (because that doesn’t exactly feel possible). This also puts less pressure on the things I do to calm myself down.
I’m also a firm believer that there is no sure-shot way to relieve stress for everyone. Trying and failing at a bunch of different stress-relieving techniques helps you come up with your own custom cocktail of tricks that work for you.
Here are a few unconventional stress relievers that might help lighten your burden and renew your strength:
Make lists of things that are in your control. Creating lists can “organize and contain a sense of inner chaos, which can make your load feel more manageable,” according to Dr. Carrie Barron, the Director of Creativity for Resilience at Dell Medical School. Even making lists of things that aren’t in your control can help, because they help you visualise what those obstacles are, at the very least.
Masturbate! Release those feel-good hormones guilt-free, to de-stress. Orgasms reduce cortisol, a hormone that contributes to high stress.
Listen to music that evokes nostalgia. Music and nostalgia are both powerful tools and when combined, their powers to bust stress grow exponentially. Take 3.5 minutes to crank up that song that you sent to your crush when you were 13 years old and felt emo while wondering if they knew it’s about them.
Make a mess. Dip your fingers in paint, aerate your plant’s soil with your bare hands, get your hands dirty! Find something tactile that feels messy and doesn’t need to be perfect.
Talk or write to yourself the way that you would to a best friend in your position. If you tend to be rough on yourself, this is a good way to validate and understand your feelings. Meet yourself at the halfway mark.
What helps you minimize your stress? What are your favourite nostalgic jams? Write back with the things you do to ground yourself, and feel slightly lighter.
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