4 great things to do to beat stress instantly

Rather than let stress get the better of you, learn how to release it. (Rawpixel pic)

Dealing with stress can be hard, but it’s something you shouldn’t avoid confronting head-on. Millions of people around the globe are now victims of stress, and it’s been said that the major cause is money.

Whatever the reason you’re finding yourself stressed out, be aware that stress impacts the health in a negative manner.

Stress increases your chances of becoming obese, being afflicted by Alzheimer’s, diabetes, depression and even worsens your cardiovascular health.

1. Get a good massage

What could be more relaxing than resting on a massage chair when you’re feeling stressed about a certain issue? Just the thought of it brings peace to the mind.

One benefit of having a massage chair is that you don’t have to drive out and pay to have someone massage you; you have the equipment you need right at home.

Similar to a massage, these massage chairs help improve blood circulation and release endorphins which reduce pain.

2. Work those muscles

Exercise releases endorphins and serotonin that are happy hormones. (Rawpixel pic)

Exercise seems to be the cure for almost any problem you may have. Not only is exercising good for your physical wellbeing, it’s also great for your mental health.

When you engage in exercise, neurotransmitters called endorphins and serotonin are released into your bloodstream. These two chemicals are responsible for making you feel free of pain and happy.

Regular exercise has even been shown to reduce signs of depression and anxiety. So the next time you’re stressed out, why not exercise? It’s free, and you can even do it at home.

3. Find time to socialise

Sharing a cuppa is a great way to vent and relieve yourself of mounting stress. (Rawpixel pic)

What better way to get over your stress than spending time with your friends and family. If you are stressed about something, you need to take your mind off of it as fast as you can.

Why not do this by going to the movies with your friends, or having lunch with them and laughing over a comical past event?

If you’re close to your siblings or your parents, venting your feelings to them about how you’re feeling is one good way to lessen the stress you’re under. They may have a solution to your problem.

But be sure to laugh and have fun; these are great ways to ease your mind from the troubles that are bogging you down.

4. Turn the radio on

Music has the ability to help take the edge off the stress you’re dealing with. (Rawpixel pic)

Listening to music is soothing. No matter how bad a day you’re having, listening to one of your favourite songs can take you to a whole other place that is more serene or at the very least, is able to take the edge off your present stress.

Listening to music offers an array of benefits that include increasing your happiness, enhancing your mood, improving your sleep, and reducing depression.

An added benefit is that you can listen to music anywhere, anytime, and at practically no cost at all.

Dennis Relojo-Howell is the world’s first blog psychologist and founder of Psychreg. As an international mental health advocate, he speaks at various conferences around the world and believes that everyone experiencing a mental health problem deserves both support and respect.