We have all been through a lot over the past year due to the pandemic, but this year is beginning to look a little different with vaccinations available. We know that you need a break and you might be about to scream, but summer is near. This means you have more chances for a vacation and to enjoy the beautiful weather. Take a deep breath and relax because we have a few stress relieving activities to help eliminate any discomfort you might be feeling.

Listen to music

An easy way to relieve stress is by listening to music. So grab your phone, tablet or computer and load up your favorite music application. Whether it is Pandora, Spotify, YouTube or iTunes, play some music! 

But make sure to stay away from heavy, angry music–that might only make the situation worse. Search for calm, peaceful music because it has a positive effect on your brain and body. As a result, you can lower blood pressure, and reduce the hormone cortisol linked to stress. 

Call a friend or family member

It’s not just an option on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”. Calling a friend or family member can help you relax. By hearing that reassuring voice, you can begin to relax because it can really help you put everything in perspective. We all have that one go-to-person when things are difficult, so give them a call. 

Watch what you eat

Food plays a key role in your stress and how you manage–no that extra slice of pizza won’t help. Stress levels and a proper diet are closely related, so don’t forget to pack a healthy lunch. When we are stressed and have a lot of work to complete, we either forget to eat altogether, or we pick snacks that are high in sugars and fats because they “make us feel better.” 

The next time you’re stressed, avoid the vending machine like it’s your life-long enemy. Instead, put together fruits and vegetables, and add fish with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. 

What are some other ways that you have used to find relief from your stress? Let us know!