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11 WAYS TO RELIEVE STRESS AND CREATE HEALTHY HABITS

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Anxiety is everywhere in this difficult year. Find out 11 ways to relieve stress and start building healthy habits in your life.

We live in a troubling time right now. The pandemic has thrown us for a loop and we are just trying to figure things out. This has increased our stress levels 


Maybe you lost your job, maybe you lost your house, or maybe you're just here because you need to read something that will make you feel better.

How to relieve stress

Stress is a natural reaction our bodies have in the midst of uncomfortable situations. Sometimes stress is good; it can push us to run a marathon or to speak in front of a crowd.

But what happens when stress is present for a long time? It’s natural that our bodies will get tired of constantly fighting and reacting to situations. Long-term stress can have some negative effects on our mental and physical health.

So, here are some tips to help fight this constant battle and find ways to balance your energy.

1- Make time for yourself

One of the best ways to relieve stress is to make quality time for yourself. Our brains have such an enormous capacity to block out our own happiness. We can become prisoners of our thoughts.

ways to relieve stress

Making time just for you, whether it’s daily, weekly, or however often you can handle, will ultimately let you get to know yourself better and learn what little things in life make your days more delightful. 

2- Exercise

Your body's energy will always be stronger when you exercise. Exercising releases endorphins (chemicals in the brain) that help reduce stress levels and make you sleep better. (Reference here).

exercise to relieve stress

3- Meditate

When you meditate, whether spiritually for your religion or mindfully for yourself, you enter a state of relaxation where you teach your body to breathe in different rhythms.

Breathing is essential to help you reduce stress levels and bring oxygen to all of your inner organs.

meditate to relieve stress

4- Make time for your loved ones

Family time always provides welcoming energy. Spending time with people that love you will always bring positivity to any circumstance.

5- Read

If you never make changes, your life will stay the same. Maybe you’re not in the habit of reading, or maybe you are. Regardless, the important thing is to look for habits that will challenge your thoughts — and the best way to do that is by reading.

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Reading will always teach you something new, and your mind will focus on the learning instead of the problems you may have.

6- Listen to music

You can combine your new habits with music. Listening to music while you meditate or read can help to calm your mind. Discover new artists, look for relaxing songs, and embrace the beauty of just listening to instruments and sounds.

7- Learn something new

Problems always have a solution. A challenge will always be a challenge, but it is your choice to do something about it.

Instead of focusing on the problem, focus on the solution — even if this means educating yourself or asking for help.

8- Write your thoughts

Starting a journal or a blog is a great way to relieve stress by writing your problems down. Your thoughts can be shared or kept private, but the act of writing itself is an avenue towards easing your mind and letting go of all that mental clutter.

 journal or write down your thoughts to relieve stress

 

9- Speak with a friend

If you prefer to speak your thoughts rather than write them down, talking to a friend can always help relieve anxiety. Sharing your concerns is a way to take a weight off your shoulders. Find comfort with people that you trust.

speak with a friend to relieve stress

10- Drink less coffee

Coffee in excess can lead to racing thoughts, making you constantly  aware of whatever is troubling you. Try to slow things down; go for relaxing drinks that will help you focus in a calm way, like a refreshing lemonade while you are reading or a caffeine-free cup of tea.

11- Learn to laugh about the simple things

Laughter is one of the best antidotes to stress. The happiest people on Earth laugh about their problems. What's the point of living a stressful life when every problem has a solution?

We hope these ideas spark hope in your day and remind you that everything is going to be okay. Problems come and go, but the important thing is to believe in yourself always.

laugh to relieve stress

At Daria Day, living a stress-free life is part of what we want to help cultivate. From empowering our artisans to creating meaningful jewelry that will be there with you  through your most stressful days, we'd love to become a part of your life.

We hope that what you find here will always make you smile in some way. Check out our limited edition jewelry here. 

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