Whether you’re being hammered at work, cramming for upcoming exams, or stuck in grid-lock traffic on the 405, it’s fair to say you’re probably stressed. Experiencing some form of stress these days is inevitable, and some people fall victim to it much easier than others – like the stress of waiting to see which Bachelor Rachel is going to choose…
Emotional stress is likely the most common, but depending on how you manage it, there is the potential for it to get physical. Stress is like that one friend that causes you constant grief, but you know their heart is in the right place.
Basically, back when we were wild, finding ourselves in immediate danger triggered the ‘fight or flight’ response in our body that induced hormones like cortisol to flood our systems, caused our heart rates to rise, we’d breathe more heavily, and our blood vessels would constrict. The increased blood flow to our heart and muscles helped us escape from predators and dangerous situations, but these days we’re generally not being chased by man eating beasts on the regular, so this response isn’t quite as necessary.
If you feel like you’ve been experiencing an unhealthy amount of stress lately, and are struggling with ways to ease it, we’ve got you. Below are 5 simple yet FUN ways to destress in an instant:
How? Endorphins! They’re our favorite natural chemical produced by the body to make us feel ahh-mazing! Kissing, sex and laughing are all sure ways to release endorphins and relieve stress. So pucker up!
- Listen to Music
Listening to your favorite tunes is an obvious method for stress release, and most of us hit the play button completely naturally. Music, especially tracks that feature slow tempos, helps to induce a calm state of mind and beneficially effects our physiological functions by slowing the pulse and heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing the levels of stress hormones. Our go-to is anything by Frank Ocean, what’s yours?
- Hangs with your BFF
This one definitely resonates with us. Sometimes you just need a shoulder, or a hug, or a couch snuggle session involving back-to-back episodes and strawberry milk, or even just a laugh! Your BFF is your BFF for a reason, and although it’s unexplainable at this point, the proof is in the feeling you get when you’re around them.
- Cookies & Candy
Now look, this is not an excuse to reach for the cookie jar and cause complete and utter devastation to its contents. Most of us crave a cheeky little carb from time to time, especially when we’re stressed, anxious, or tense. These foods can have a soothing effect on some women, which might have something to do with low serotonin levels during these mood states. Serotonin is our brains little chemical friend responsible for feelings of calmness and relaxation. It’s believed that eating delicious treats can help boost serotonin levels, which helping us to feel relaxed. So, treat yourself – in moderation 😏🍪
- Buy a Bikini
Think “Retail Therapy”. Online shopping has been a serious game changer for people who don’t have a lot of time, or just prefer to avoid the mall. It’s created a relaxed, liberating environment that allows us to browse the archives of countless online stores selling all of our favorite products, without the pressure of a sales assistant breathing down your neck. It’s literally a mini mental vacay. We all do it, so we know it works, and you don’t want to argue with a stressed woman who just wants to shop. Got it?! Good.