Our work lives are full of stressors – from an unbearable workload and unpredictable events, to urgent deadlines and limitless emails. Though you cannot completely eliminate all these sources of stress in your work place, you can, however, help yourself cope with them.

 

This Monday, I’m sharing four activities that can help you lessen your stress.

 

1. Taking a bath

 

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Have your bath beads and scented candles ready. According to Dr. Ackrill of the American Institute of Stress and WellSpark, soaking in the tub or taking a warm bath calms our physiology and relaxes the vessels. Guess this is also the reason why we feel good after taking a shower.

 

 

2. Imagining calm scenes

 

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This may sound strange, but imagining you are at a comfortable and peaceful place can actually help you wind down. There’s a study from the University of California, Los Angeles that says our body produces less of stress hormone cortisol when engaging in a technique called “guided imagery”.

 

There are no guidelines about what you should imagine – you can think of clouds, water falls, beaches, or mountains.

 

 

3. Praying

 

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Praying or connecting to your spiritual life is one of the best ways to eliminate stress.

 

Dr. Roberta Lee noted in her book, The Super Stress Solution, “Research shows that people who are more religious or spiritual use their spirituality to cope with life. They’re better able to cope with stress, they heal faster from illness, and they experience increased benefits to their health and well-being.”

 

 

4. Playing with dogs

 

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According, again, to Dr. Ackrill, “loving pets lowers blood pressure and increases immune responses, counteracting the negative effects of stress.” So go get a dog or a cat. Though take note that these pets cannot totally relieve your stress, but, they can help.

 

 

Don’t let stress take over your life! If you know other activities that are effective in relieving stress, don’t hesitate to share them with us. Have a wonderful week ahead!