Your kids are demanding the latest video game, your boss wants that report done now and your partner wants to know what's for dinner- stress and anxiety have become a normal part of life. Sometimes they can become too difficult to be handled all by yourself.
If you start dreading even routine activities, it is the perfect time to pause because you badly need a stress-buster. A healthy lifestyle coupled with several stress reduction methods can bring about the much-needed respite from the deadly stress. Here are some of the options you can look at this summer and feel relaxed:
Recreational activities can make your life immensely interesting and joyful. Activities like exercising, painting, dancing and cooking can lift you up during your most difficult times.
On a personal note, I can very well say that it is very important to have one or two such activities in a daily routine. They will rejuvenate you completely. For example, you can take up dancing. Ashley Lobo holds a summer dance workshop for all age groups. Joining a dance class would de-stress you completely and would not cost more than Rs 1000-2000 per month.
Research has shown that leg massage is the fastest relief therapy ever. One can learn massage techniques from various ayurvedic centres like Kaaya and Ayurvedham. There are five major massage therapies known as Swedish massage therapy, aromatherapy, reflexology, sports massage and deep tissue massage. The best is reflexology because it gives a lot of relief and reduces stress almost instantly. Many malls have started fish therapy where you put your legs in the aquarium and the fish eat away your dead skin. These types of therapy would cost somewhere between Rs 300-400 for half an hour.
Amusement parks are perfect stress busters for the entire family. Spending time with your loved ones in a relaxed atmosphere not only rids you of stress but also magically lifts your mood. Enjoy the water rides or the rain dance, you will feel perfectly refreshed. This option would cost somewhere between Rs 500-1000 although water resorts may be expensive.
The ultimate goal of yoga is to attain the union of the body and mind but as a stress buster practising a few yoga-sanas would help you relax and manage stress and anxiety. Early in the morning practise a few yoga postures and see the difference within weeks. Yoga is suitable for people of all abilities. In a typical yoga class, you may learn anywhere from 10 to 30 poses, ranging from shavasana to the most difficult shirshasan that take years of practice to master. Practising yoga at home would not cost you anything except the effort of moving out in your neighbourhood and checking out various yoga sessions being held in parks!
Laughter is the best medicine was an old saying but it has been proven true by research which shows that people who use humour to cope with stress and who generally find themselves in good mood, have stronger immune systems. Although there are multiple methods that can help us cope better with stress, laughter is one of the most underrated. Making light of solemn situations is generally the best way to deal with them. Go out to the nearest park and laugh incredibly with your family and loved ones. Or watch a comedy flick and say whoa, stress is gone!
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