With most of us at home with our kids due to the coronavirus crisis, we have found ourselves not only stressed out more but finding it harder to keep ourselves and our kids entertained. So what are some ways to relieve your stress and at the same time add a little excitement back into your quarantined lives?
1. Play a Video Game
When you think of video games you probably think of a bunch of teenage boys locked up in their bedroom sitting in front of their television for hours playing violent video games.
However, a study conducted by Associate Professor Dr. Ferguson in 2010 at Texas A&M showed that both men and women who played violent games for long terms are able to adopt the mental skills to not only handle stress but also to become less depressed and less hostile when faced with stressful tasks.
2. Watch Something Funny
Who doesn’t love to laugh? But did you know that when you laugh you actually reduce stress, increase your tolerance for pain, and support your immune system?
And what is an easy way to get your self to laugh? Why watch something funny of course!
So take the time to catch up on some of your favorite shows, or watch some funny cartoons, you can even watch some funny animal videos on YouTube.
3. Play Outside
It may be harder to get outside do to the fact that we have to social distance ourselves and a lot of the places we enjoy becoming off-limits. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go outside and get a little fresh air.
Spending time in the environment reduces your stress hormones, even if it is only for 5 minutes.
So get out and sit in the front yard. Even if it is just to get some needed vitamin -D from the sun or play a game of catch with your kids in the yard.
4. Spend Time With Your Family
One great way to get relieved from stress is through the social support of others. And who knows you better than the ones you spend most of your time with?
One particular study showed that women who spend time around their friends and children had an increase in the hormone oxytocin. This does the opposite of what is known as the fight or flight response and is referred to as the “tend and befriend” response.
So if anyone can relieve your stress it is your family. As we have learned, laughing is a great way to relieve stress, and spending time with your family playing board games, or watching some funny shows together will allow you to laugh and spend time with your family.
5. Sing and Dance to Your Favorite Songs
Studies show that listening to music can release dopamine, the feel-good hormone, into our brains making us happy.
So when you are home it is okay to dance and sing around in your PJs. Put on your favorite music and dance and sing till your happy, no need to be good at it.
Dance with your kids, sing silly songs, make silly dances. It is all just for fun!
6. Spend Time With Your Pet
Animals, especially dogs, can be a great way to relieve stress. Take puppies, for instance, they are cute, fun, and can put a smile on anyone’s face. Don’t look into those puppy dogs eyes, they will melt your hearts you every time.
Contact with these little guys will not only melt your hearts but melt your stress hormones. If you can’t get to a pet shop right now maybe you have a friend or a family member who will need help caring for their dog (when times allow for it again).
7. Do Some Art
Tired of watching television? Running out of your favorite shows to binge-watch? Why not try tapping into your creative side.
Art is a great distraction and with all the stressing things go on in life right now, who can’t benefit from a little mind distraction now and then. It also helps you express and process your emotions (ones that may be possibly causing you stress) and in the end, you have something enjoyable you can hang up on your wall.
If you can’t draw, or paint, no worries. Coloring is another fantastic way to take your mind off of the things that may be bothering you.
Hugging, kissing, or other intimate physical acts of touch can increase our “bonding” hormone oxytocin’s levels. This can help to reduce our blood pressure and reduce stress and anxiety.
A lot of us are at home, which means we have more time to spend with each other. That is a great excuse for couples to get closer together.
Don’t be shy, now that you know cuddling will not only benefit your relationship but your health as well why don’t you get under the blankies and spend some quality time together.
9. Draw a Mandala
Engaging in a hobby is a great way to relieve stress. It is a great way to not only help you pass the time but it helps take your mind off of stressful events even if only temporary.
Mandala art has existed for longer than we have realized. In the Buddhist religion, it was used as a way of representing the whole Universe and took Monks hours to create.
They are a great tool for meditation and a way to increase self-awareness.
All you need to make a Mandala is paper, a pencil, a ruler, and an eraser.For step by step, instruction click here
10. Watch the Stars
I am sure you have looked up at the stars a few times in your life and was mesmerized by their beauty but have you ever put much thought into the soothing power star gazing may have?
Laying down watching the stars can not only relax your body but increase your brain waves and relieve stress.
This is a great opportunity for meditation as well, which also relaxes your body and relieves stress. So pull out a blanket and try to find the big dipper sometime, why don’t you?
Stress can be a pain in the but reducing it doesn’t have to be. There are many different things you can do around the house to relieve your stress. Get creative, take some of your favorite things, and find new ways to reinvent them.
This would be the perfect time to introduce family game nights, or movie nights, or even a family talent show. Don’t let being in the house stress you out even more.
What is your favorite fun way to relieve stress? Is there any tip here you liked? Do you have a tip that I missed? Is there something in your life that you need stress relief for in your life right now?
6 Ways to Relieve Stress
I hope this list was helpful to you!