6 Ways to Get Rid of Stress

As the days turn darker, people who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can really begin to feel the effects of early depression symptoms and stress creeping in.

When stress hits, it has a huge effect on the body as well as the mind, which is why it’s so important to recognize the signs and do something to combat them before they get too overwhelming.

 

Beat that Stress 

Here are some amazing hacks to help you do just that. Whether you’re dealing with SAD or just typical stress, these ways to get rid of stress are sure to leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.

Put on Some Music 

There’s something about listening to your favorite tunes that instantly makes you happy no matter what time of year it is. This is by far the simplest way to reduce stress, especially when done with others. Try listening to music with your friends, family, or significant other! They’ll be happy you did. 

Better yet, put on a podcast with a group of people and talk about what you’re all listening to.

Enjoy Online Games

Online games are a fun way to relax and take your mind off of stress. 

Whether it’s on Minecraft, Sims, or an online game site like FORTUNEGAMES, these can be great ways to blow off some steam. 

If you like board games but can’t always find a team to play with, online versions are also available for most popular games.

Get Outside 

Cold weather or not, everyone needs a bit of time in the sun. Vitamin D is great for the body, which means it’s great for stress relief! 

If you can’t afford to go on a vacation right now, try going somewhere sunny during your lunch break. Some people find that exercise helps too, so if you have time after work, consider going for a run or just walking around the block.

Try Your Hand at Drawing or Coloring 

Not only is it relaxing but drawing and coloring are also a way to get your mind off things.

 Kids will love this hack but don’t let that stop you from enjoying it too. All you need are some crayons or colored pencils. 

If you really want to step it up, try using watercolors or colored pens instead.

Take a Bath in Epsom Salts 

Epsom salt is great for when you feel worn out because of stress. 

It’s known for its ability to reduce inflammation and pain, which means that taking an Epsom salt bath will leave you feeling refreshed in no time at all. 

The great thing about Epsom salt baths is that they can be done right at home. You can even add in some essential oils and make it smell like a spa.

 

Sleep

If you’re not getting enough sleep (and you probably aren’t!), this is an incredible hack for stress relief. 

Sleep deprivation leads to chronic stress because of the relationship between sleep and stress levels. Sleep deprivation can cause a hormone called cortisol to increase in a person who doesn’t have enough sleep, which is a marker for chronic stress.

 

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