11 Stress Relief Activities That Will Boost Your Productivity
Stress is a part of life, especially if you live in Lagos. However, when it becomes overwhelming, it can damage your health in many ways. There are several stress relief activities that can help you manage stress effectively, because it usually doesn’t get better on its own.
It requires you to actively work on it, once you already identify that you are stressed. So, here are 11 stress relief activities that can give you a healthy mind, relaxing body, and a productive soul.
1. Clear Your Desk: Clutter causes stress and a messy workdesk along with unnecessary accessories, not only decreases your productivity but also makes you inefficient in carrying out tasks.
Hence, maintaining a minimalist desk and work life can reduce stress levels, saves time in finding items, and keeps you more productive.
2. Take A Walk: What else sounds stress-free other than leaving your desk for few minutes? Asides that, walking alleviates mood and is said to also lower blood pressure. A few minutes walk down the street, or exploring the outdoors, can shoot up your productivity level. Even a look out of your window at trees and plants can be relaxing.
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3. Ignore Your Phone: Oh oh…Yes, I know that’s our biggest addiction in the world of today. However, few minutes away from it wouldn’t kill you, will it? It’s not like the messages and updates won’t be there anymore. So, take a deep breath, keep the phone away, and let your productivity increase.
4. Hang Out With A Pet: Do you know that hanging out with a pet clears your mind? Stroking a pet, also works for some people, to calm an agitated mind. I bet you don’t know that! 😁
So, instead of hanging out with people that will cloud you with irrelevancies and gossips, why don’t you go on a date with a puppy or a cat? Seriously, the silence is stress relieving and who knows, you might end up doing it on a regular basis.
5. Cook A Treat: I know cooking is not stress-free for me, but I know cooking keeps you and your mind occupied, right? So, to increase personal productivity, why dont you bake or cook yourself some treat? Maybe a delicacy you haven’t had in a while.
This is because good food not only keeps you happy, it also stimulates your brain and let you work impeccably.
6. Read A Good Book: Books are very stress-free. Just lie down there, take a ride into the minds of the characters, and engross yourself in some imagination or fantasy land!
7. Doodle, Draw, Colour, Write, Knit, Create: Everything is art and art is a stress reliever. So, you need something simple to relieve stress and increase productivity? Just take one of the many art activities and do it.
8. Wash The Dishes: I know you all be giving me a side eye, but it is the one other thing that works for me asides walking. The smell of the soap and the feel of plates alike can calm the nerves and increase mental inspiration.
9. Meditation and Visualisation: These are effective stress relief activities that can help you to do better and increase your productivity level. Meditation is training the mind on concentration, while visualisation is vividly picturing yourself performing an action. Both activities detaches you from stress, calms your nerves, and keeps your mind busy too.
10. Cuddle or Massage: Cuddle is physical contact with another person while massage is the manipulation of body muscles. Both activities are great stress relievers, if you don’t know.
Positive physical contact is said to release stress relief chemicals like oxytocin in the body, while a good massage therapy relieves pain and decrease stress.
11. A Good Cry: You are wondering what a cry has to do with stress relief activities? Well, research say that crying is self-soothing, because tears releases oxytocin and endorphins, which make people feel good, ease pain and stay mentally healthy.
In fact, webmd.com says that the japanese believes so much in it that they have “crying clubs” called rui-katsu where people come together to indulge in good old-fashioned sobfests.
However, in chosing a stress-relief activity, avoid unhealthy coping mechanisms. That is, those that relieves stress in a short run, but pile up in the long run, like alcohol, binge eating, procrastination, and smoking.
Away from that, what is your stress relief mechanism? Which of the above do you attest to, and which one will you never do?