Health and Fitness

4 Stress Busters to Help You Enjoy Your Downtime

There are many terms that are often overused in casual conversations these days, usually in exaggeration, such as being starving after a smaller breakfast or feeling exhausted after an average day at work. 

As with everything else, such emotions exist on a wide and varied spectrum; sometimes, you may feel slightly stressed in a traffic jam; other times, it will be the end of the world. However, stress can also be a cruel and destructive influence, and if you are struggling to cope with yours, here are four stressbusters to better enjoy your downtime. 

Change Your Viewing Habits 

Firstly, a small change that could make a big difference to an evening relaxing after work and one that will also serve to broaden and generally inform your perspective on life is to change the types of television series and movies that you watch. 

If, for example, you’re addicted to true crime dramas and documentaries, then lightening the mood by instead choosing a celebrated comedy sitcom boxset or comedy movies starring your favorite actor will lighten both your conscious and subconscious. 

Throw a Party for a Loved One

Now, for some, they can’t imagine ever being able to recharge their social battery if people surround them, let alone having to organize an event, but actually the distraction of something entirely different could actually be a positive.

For example, if your friend is expecting a baby, you could arrange a surprise baby shower, complete with some gifts for her and her newborn, decorations, and games. Throwing a party for your friend has the dual benefit of making her happy and distracting you from what’s going on at work or at home in a relaxed and celebratory setting. 

Have a Pamper Night 

There’s nothing better for your mind and body to relax in a sweet-smelling, hot (but not boiling) bath, with plenty of bubbles and some candles on the windowsill for good measure, for calming you down and clearing your mind. 

Just a selection of the main advantages to a relaxing bath, aside from helping to reduce stress levels, of an evening include:

  • It’s a natural way to rebalance your hormones
  • It provides moisture to your hair, skin, and nails
  • It optimizes your core body temperature
  • It improves your blood flow
  • It helps to reduce inflammation and pain 

Book Yourself a Deep Tissue Massage 

The fourth and final stressbuster to consider and, indeed, another one with a myriad of benefits aside from improving how you handle, and hopefully lower, your stress levels is to book yourself a massage.

Now, any form of massage can only be a good thing, but a deep tissue massage is the one you’ll want to enjoy if you’re looking for an affordable, practical, and non-prescription-based way to look to reduce your stress levels.

Deep tissue massages not only keep the mind calm and in control but also work by lowering the heart rate and blood pressure, allowing the physical to positively affect the emotional. Additional benefits of deep tissue massages include a reduction in pain from arthritis and help to rehabilitate tired or injured muscles.