WRITTEN BY AFZAL MUHAMMAD
We all know how stressful life can be here in Singapore; your boss asking you to prepare a presentation within impossible timeframes, timing your journey to school or work perfectly only to have that smile on your face destroyed by the sweet sound of the MRT voiceover saying your journey is delayed, or even having to complete your homework’s 4 math questions… with 20 sub-questions, EACH. If you could relate to any of those situations, my friend, you know what stress is. Fret not, there are A LOT of ways for you to destress. Here are 5 FREE methods for you to try when the stress creeps up your a**.
Oh man, I can almost feel half of you readers wanting to close this article already! BUT WAIT, sweating it out is more beneficial than one might think. Exercising releases endorphins which are your ‘feel good’ hormones, ready to beat out all those nasty feelings stirring up inside of you. Not only are you coping with stress, you are also on your way to become a healthier, happier you! For those looking to calm down in less adventurous ways, you could learn to…
You’ve been doing this all your life; the only difference would be to take it slooooooooooow. Slow breathing has been scientifically proven to help reduce stress not only because it relaxes you physically, but it also allows your brain to slow down, process your thoughts and focus on what is it that is affecting you. Deep and focused breathing is what we should try to achieve when using this technique to cope with stress! Taking a short time out to be aware of your stress, well that’s already half the battle won.
“My life is a lot like Rihanna’s hit; work, work, work, work, work, and the rest of it I don’t understand” From the little giggle to the huge, hearty laugh, the benefits of laughter go a long way in not only improving your mood but it also improves your immune system!
Whether you are an extrovert, ambivert or an introvert, speaking does relieve a little weight off your shoulders. If you are comfortable sharing what has been bothering you with a few friends, go for it! If you aren’t, posting it on a blog or penning down your thoughts in a journal (or a scrap piece of paper to be thrown away once you’re done, even) will definitely help. Stress is like a balloon waiting to burst unless you let out the air. Release it, in whatever manner you wish. Just let it out.
Rest. Enough said. If you were hoping to see binge-eating and retail therapy, I apologise but these are FREE and HEALTHY ways to go about coping with stress. These are just a handful of the thousands of stress relief techniques out there, find one that floats your boat and go for it! Alas, stress relief is just a short-term measure to cope with what is stressing you out. In the long run, it still would be best to tackle the crux of the issue itself whether it’s procrastination, self-doubt or time management – and only then will we truly find inner peace.