1. Walk it off
It may sound cliché, but sometimes you need to walk it off. Take the kicks off and take one step at a time. Walking barefoot enhances health and provides feelings of wellbeing. It’s called earthing. Putting your feet on the ground enables you to absorb negative electrons through the soles of your feet, and this will help align your body to the same negatively charged electrical potential as the Earth.
2. Take a drive or a ride
Sometimes, all you need is the open road. A lot of times, we focus so much on the destination —what we don’t realise is that the journey counts as much as the where you land. So hit the road, and whether or not you have no real destination in mind, granted after all while, all your problems will feel as inconsequential as the passing trees.
3. Read a book
There’s something about immersing yourself in another world albeit for an hour or two. Forget reality and pick up a good read and lose yourself between the lines. Whether we’re talking chasing Horcruxes (objects in which a dark wizard or witch has hidden a fragment of his or her soul for the purpose of attaining immortality) in the pages of Harry
Potter or avoiding feeling of despair as you devour young adult novel Thirteen
Reasons Why, you’ll find yourself in books, just as you lose yourself in them.
4. Listen to music
Some days you need music, some days you need the lyrics. Whatever the case, Music is medicine to the soul. Whether we’re talking electronic dance music (EDM), rock, soul, hip-hop, country, worship or reggae, find the beat that works for you. You;ll not only feel so much lighter on your feet, but also in your mind. After all, music is what feelings sound like.
5. Talk it out
A problem shared, is really a problem half-solved. Talk to someone, it doesn’t have to be family or friends — try therapy or even talking to a priest; you’ll see more clearer. Sometimes, all you need to find clarity is a willing ear.
6. Write about it or document it
Not everyone is comfortable opening up to the world. Some people prefer to sort out their problems alone. Writing or documenting it is a way to ensure you don’t keep things pent up. Even something as simple as a diary can mean the difference between a calmer, peaceful mind or crippling emotions. It’s not good to keep things bottled up, and we’re not just talking wine.
Not all classrooms have walls. Travel teaches you a lot about yourself. It challenges you and opens you up to new opportunities. It also shows you how small your problems are. It changes you — after all, so much of who we are is where we have been. So pack a bag or don’t, just go. Sometimes, the greatest rewards come from doing sponteneous things. Seeing different places, interacting with different cultures will help you see life through a new fresh lens and you will forget what it was that left you barely keeping it together.
8. Garden or clean
There’s something about gardening that restores a sense of calm. That invariable act of planting or weeding or just cleaning the environment — it gives one a sense of fulfilment. You will walk away feeling better about yourself after changing a patch of nature into a beautiful kitchen garden or flowerbed. You may be moping about failing at a project or sometging, but at least you can be sure in Mother Nature’s books, you’re the cherry on top.
9. Drink water
Cortisol is a stress hormone were are constantly exposed to especially when our bodies are dehydrated. Many experts recommend that you drink eight glasses of water per day. By simply hydrating, levels of cortisol are neutralised, thus causing your stress levels to go down by a bucket load.
10. Eat stress releasing foods
Fruits like rich in potassium such as avocados and bananas will help reduce blood pressure. Citrus fruits such as lemons, which are also heavily laden with potassium, go a long way in returning calm, sometimes even just sniffing them. Chocolates may seem cliche to try out when stressed but the sugar in chocolates improve the production of serotonin that is great with improving moods.