Between scheduling the moving truck, packing up all your belongings, and saying goodbye to your childhood neighborhood, you’re bound to feel your stress level increase. With so much to remember, take care of, and arrange, you’re probably a walking stress bomb. Before driving yourself crazy during your move, take some of our stress relievers to heart.
Take a Walk
Nothing beats stress than some fresh air and a little physical activity. Removing yourself from the stressful situation and placing yourself in a calm and neutral setting can bring you back down to earth and see the stressor for what it really is. Take a lap around the block or wander around your garden until you cool down and feel prepared to face the next moving situation.
Jam out to Your Favorite Song
While soothing music such as classical can have a calming effect, so can your favorite tune. Put your to-do lists aside, turn up the volume, and let loose. Whip out the air guitar and the hairbrush microphone, and dance and sing your heart out. Dance out your stress and temporarily distract yourself from the task at hand.
Focus on Your Breathing
Whether you simply take a few deep breaths on your own or you enroll in a yoga class for some serious deep breathing practice, deep breaths can go a long way. Several consecutive deep breaths help you to oxygenate your blood, relax your muscles, and release built up tension, all of which will help you de-stress.
Brew a Pot of Tea
Some suggest chamomile and green tea have calming and relaxing benefits. Chamomile tea naturally includes flavonoids, coumarins, and mucilages which have a calming effect on your body, while green tea is packed with antioxidants, which may reduce your stress levels. Brew a pot, sit, sip, and relax. While you sip, use this as an opportunity to give your mind a mental break.
One quick fix is to pop a piece of gum in your mouth. Chewing gum is said to lower cortisol levels and reduce anxiety. What’s more, chewing gum may help improve your alertness and performance. So go ahead, chew away!