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5 Activities Stressed Out People Need to Start Doing

5 Activities Stressed Out People Need to Start Doing

Workplace stress is a serious matter. More than one third of workers in America are experiencing chronic work stress, and this comes at a high price for American businesses, with billions of dollars spent on medical bills and lost work hours. All this stress can have serious consequences on the quality of our lives, so how can we regain our inner peace and take control of our lives?

When we were teenagers, we all believed that we were invincible. We have done stupid things like drinking too much, driving too fast and playing with things we shouldn’t have played with. Luckily, we came out alive, and at some point in our early 30s, we realized that we are not invincible. So, we stopped doing stupid things and began to behave like adults. This is when long working hours came along with the stress. The reality is that this adult stuff is equally as dangerous as fast driving, because we work over 60 hours every week and act like there are no consequences.

We get stretched with deadlines, obligations and are doing our best to prove how much we are worth. All of this makes us burn out, become vulnerable and we get sick. Stress is responsible for over 80% of doctor’s office visits, because it can lead to heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Stress should not be ignored, especially if there are simple ways to cope with it. We have discovered five activities that you can start doing to relieve that build up stress.

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1. DIY Crafts

After having a hard day at work, sitting in front of a computer screen or TV won’t help you forget about your stressful deadlines, demanding social life and huge bills. DIY crafting can be a relaxing activity to help you clear your mind. All that repetitive motion can take you to a state that is almost trance-like and will enable you to unwind and forget about your troubles.

You can create some crayon art, where you will glue crayons to a canvas, heat them up with a blow-dryer and let the colors seep down and create a true masterpiece; or perhaps string art, because there is no better way to relieve stress than hammering nails into a board. You can arrange them in the desired outline and then wind the threads around the nails to create something that will find its place on a blank wall.

2. Dancing

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    Stress is a physiological reaction that happens in your body; it releases the hormone cortisol in response to any negative stimuli and stores them in your body. Dancing can help you in relieving that stress by practically flushing it out with any other waste chemicals that can be in your body. Dancing replaces those hormones with serotonin and endorphins and counters the mental effects that stress has on your mind and body, so that you can see things in a more positive light.

    So, if you stay busy and focus on music, movement and your dancing partner, you will not be able to think about anything else. Choose a dance style that will suit you and let the music draw you into a whole other world, a world where there is no space for stress.

    3. Golf

    Golf cannot only help you relieve from stress, but you will be able to maintain that feel of serenity even after you have finished your game. Golf is a moderate exercise and it is more effective in reducing stress than getting a quiet rest. Imagine playing golf on a beautiful day, breathing fresh air and looking at endless green spaces.

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    Do not worry if you are not very good at golf. Practice makes perfect, and there are tons of gadgets that can help you become a better player and enjoy the game more, e.g. portable rangefinders with GPS capabilities and adjustable golf clubs. So, whether you are playing a full game or just a few holes, you will be outside, breathing fresh air and improving your mental health.

    4. Hiking

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      Yes, something simple like hiking can help you relieve your stress, because it combats stress with increased cardiovascular activity, in combination with a naturally calming environment. It is true that hiking requires a little effort, but it will give you relaxation through a direct experience with nature. Just being surrounded by nature will help you relieve stress. Hiking, like dancing, releases endorphins that are responsible for significantly reducing stress.

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      You can take the advantage and use the silence to think about issues that are affecting your life, and perhaps the best part of hiking is that feeling of being disconnected from work problems, family problems, the internet world, phones and everything else that contributes to stress.

      5. Yoga

      Yoga is a mind-body practice that combines controlled breathing, relaxation and meditation. Yoga does not only reduce stress; it lowers the blood pressure and heart rate. The thing that yoga can give to you is the awareness to stop yourself in the moment and recognize what is really happening. Then, you just roll out your mat; take a deep breath and start feeling better. There are special poses that are used for relieving stress. So, if you regularly practice yoga, your daytime stress levels will drop even after just a few sessions.

      There is no way of eliminating or avoiding stress in the workplace, which is a fact of modern life. But, we can neutralize stress in almost every area of our lives if we fuel ourselves with meaningful activities, beliefs and thoughts. Everyone deserves to live a contented, happy life, so it is never too late to start making yours better.

      Featured photo credit: www.lifeofpix.com via pexels.com

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      Vladimir Zivanovic

      CMO at MyCity-Web

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      Last Updated on March 13, 2019

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

      1. Work on the small tasks.

      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

      2. Take a break from your work desk.

      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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      3. Upgrade yourself

      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

      4. Talk to a friend.

      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

      7. Read a book (or blog).

      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

      8. Have a quick nap.

      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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      9. Remember why you are doing this.

      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

      10. Find some competition.

      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

      11. Go exercise.

      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

      12. Take a good break.

      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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