Simple, unexpected stress relievers

Here are some simple ways to relieve stress:

  • Watch fish in an aquarium – it is very relaxing!
  • Go to an art exhibition. You can focus your attention in a calm and quiet environment.
  • Wash the dishes or do the vacuuming mindfully – repetitive actions can trigger the relaxation response.
  • Sing – by yourself or in a group. Singing can be a source of enjoyment, helping to focus your mind and regulate your breathing.
  • Tidy up your home. Clutter can trigger anxiety and tidying up can help you feel in control of your space.
  • Get outdoors and enjoy the ‘nature cure’.
  • Take a break from social media (it can lead to a drop in the stress hormone cortisol).