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5 Ways to De-Stress and Relax the Mind

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I love to guide people with tips on self-confidence, de-stressing, and happiness. I am Danny, and I reside in Goa, India

The Thought and Stress Relation:

Humans are facing uncertain times and it's obvious to get stressed and worked up. But did you know, that a minor shift in attitude can work wonders for stress management?

People react to situations by digging in from their subconscious belief systems. One person may come out unscathed from an event and another bruised and battered. It is due to the preconceived notions which have been formed in the consciousness, to a similar kind of event. But if we know to control our emotions and keep balance, we can center ourselves in any situation.

Let me present an analogy from a situation of the Great Buddha's life. At the time of achieving nirvana (enlightenment), Gautam Buddha faced many unpleasant situations. Voluptuous beauties, deadly hailstorms, falling gravels, and other distracting scenes sprung up. But he emerged victorious in the end.

After the ordeal, he touched the earth with his fingers and remarked "I bear you witness". The famous Earth touching mudra' evolved as a result of this supreme sacrifice.

Listed below are some ways to de-stress and relax:

"Keep still and the stress leaves you, react and it bounces back"

1. Casual walking

Many painters, poets, intellectuals, academicians, and thought-workers used this routine with great effect. Nature has endowed us with the choicest bounties, but it is our misfortune of not utilizing it fully.

A casual one-hour walking adventure in the wild can rejuvenate us. This can also take an alternate form with a stroll on the beach. The naked sky, shimmering waters, and rocking hammocks by the seashore can work as an antidote to stress.

Urban weary people rent sea-facing properties during their staycations to indulge in a casual walk by the sea to replenish their energies and emerge stress free.

2. Putting pen to paper

Writing has been a companion to humans since time immemorial. Many wordsmiths, literati, poets, and academia keep writing until they hit the final copy. Now you may ask, how is this going to de-stress? Let me unravel the plot.

Research states that when you write, it activates the frontal region of the brain responsible for thinking, language, and healing.

Writing about your emotions and feelings can help reduce anxiety to a large extent.

Write about a situation which is bothering you for a few moments, and consign the paper to flames. The pent up feelings will reduce, and you will feel the difference.

3. Daydreaming break

Daydreaming is an unplanned, miniature form of visualization. The latter requires a scheduled time, set place, and a serene ambiance.

Daydreaming can be spontaneous or planned. You may script your daydreaming exercise or it may occur to you in a spur of the moment.

To imagine yourself humming a soulful tune, walking on the beach, meditating in a hermitage are all forms of daydreaming. Whichever method you follow, it is therapeutic and relaxing and leads to stress reduction.

4. Cultivate a hobby

Hobbies and pastimes are mostly the privileges of free-birds, but nowadays everyone has hobbies. You may opt for any pastime, but it should strike a chord with your passion.

Selecting any random hobby may disillusion you in the future. And in the process, you lose resourceful time and energy doing it in the first place. Think about why you are doing it and whether it concerns your life's purpose.

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One of my friends had a pastime of collecting Lego toys and bricks during my professional stint. I used to mock him of indulging in the pastime of kids. Lately, I found out that he created a Facebook page and is earning a substantial amount from it. What I considered fallacy proved to be his worth.

Take special note to select a hobby that relates to your passion. Indulge in a hobby when you are stressed out. This will free your mind of the clutter.

5. Deep Breathing Exercises

Breath or Prana is the base energy upon which our lives depend on. Subtract the breath, and you turn into a dead fish.

The oxygenated air you breathe in is a vital resource for relaxing the mind. Correct breathing is an art only a few can comprehend. It is a known fact that many yogic gurus and mystics breathe in from the abdomen.

If you want to know the correct form of breathing, imitate a new-born child. Observe how the belly expands and flattens in cycles. You can try the 4-3-4 method. Breathe in for a count of 4 seconds, hold in for 3, and release at 4.

Doing it for 5 minutes every day, accompanied by a mantra is a sure recipe for stress management.

More de-stressing pointers:

A. Online Tips

  • Listening to relaxing musical videos.
  • Blogging about your favorite topic.

B. Offline Tips

  • Taking your pet for a walk.
  • Going for family meetups.

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Stress Antidote

Generally speaking, stress is the only constant in life. It will be present at every phase of our lives, but what is needed is strong will power.

As James Allen once quoted - "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he". Change your attitude, change your life.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Danny


Danny (author) from India on September 25, 2020:

Virginia, yes vegetable gardening is extremely relaxing especially if it's on your windows sills and backyard.

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on September 25, 2020:

During the pandemic, I've spent time on vegetable gardening and genealogy research (my favorite hobbies) and it has helped keep my stress under control.

Danny (author) from India on September 23, 2020:

Thanks Niks for taking your precious time to read out.

Niks from India on September 23, 2020:

This advice indeed is very helpful to de-stress and relax. Stress is normal these days but dealing with stress is quite crucial in today's hustling lifestyle. Relating a hobby to our purpose is a noteworthy takeaway from this hub. Thanks Danny.

Danny (author) from India on September 04, 2020:

Thanks, Sushmita for your comments.

Suchismita Pradhan from India on September 04, 2020:

I agree with you stress now a days has become an integral part of each and every individual. You have mentioned important tips to combat stress.

What I believe is, stress follows everyone but its your choice how much time you want to spent with it.

Arnaba Saha from New Delhi on July 26, 2020:

Okay, Danny, I will give it a try. I have heard deep breathing is helpful in many ways. So, I guess no harm in trying.

Danny (author) from India on July 26, 2020:

Welcome, Arnaba. I am glad you put it in practice. But also try to do deep breathing and visualizations, It will relax you more.

Arnaba Saha from New Delhi on July 25, 2020:

Oh yes Danny, I have recently started deep breathing exercises. It helps me a lot. And I would definitely continue it. Thanks for the suggestions again. Keep up the good work.

Danny (author) from India on July 21, 2020:

Thanks, Manuela, hope you use some whenever you feel stressed.

Have a good week.

Manuela from Portugal on July 20, 2020:

Your ideas are quite good, all very relaxing.

Danny (author) from India on July 20, 2020:

Your choice of music is also therapeutic. Good pick!

Abby Slutsky from America on July 20, 2020:

You gave some excellent ideas. I usually walk and sometimes I like to listen to music.

Danny (author) from India on July 20, 2020:

Thanks Arnaba for acknowledging my suggestions. Hope you apply it whenever u feel stressed. Good day, Arnaba.

Arnaba Saha from New Delhi on July 19, 2020:

Hi Danny,

Wonderful suggestions. I agree with you. Stress has become an integral part of lives and it will stay forever. Thus, it is on us to find ways to de-stress ourselves.

Personal and professional life has become very hectic and managing both together is too much. But we have chosen this life so we have to take appropriate steps to tackle all its byproducts- stress and anxiety.

Thanks, Danny for suggesting such effective steps to handle stress.

My stress buster is doodling- it's my hobby and passion as well. It helps me relax and forget all that troubles me for the time being. Yet its effects it long lasting.

Danny (author) from India on July 19, 2020:

Oh, that's an amazing way to destress. Actually, Cocoa in Chocolate is a relaxant.

I like K-POP too.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on July 19, 2020:

the best way for me to destress is eating chocolate while listening to korean ost

Danny (author) from India on July 14, 2020:

Thanks for the like mam.

VIDYA D SAGAR on July 14, 2020:

Very gud tips to de-stress, Danny, very nice article, keep writing. My favorite is listening to music and taking my pet for a walk and of course writing.

Danny (author) from India on July 12, 2020:

Thank you Chitra mam

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 11, 2020:

All useful suggestions to de stress and relax our mind. This is an important read for everyone.

I keep myself busy in various activities, and thus avoid thinking too much, about the not so pleasant happenings around.

Thank you for sharing this useful article.

Danny (author) from India on July 07, 2020:

ThankS Shreya for your vote.

Shreya MK on July 07, 2020:

The way the points are described, it's the best way to relax our mind.

Beautiful article :)

Danny (author) from India on June 30, 2020:

Thanks Nitya

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 29, 2020:

Welcome to Hubpages! Thank you for the follow and for sharing these tips. Breathing exercises always works for me and I love the daydreaming idea.

Liza from USA on June 27, 2020:

You're welcome, Danny.

Danny (author) from India on June 27, 2020:

Thanks for your uplifting comments Liza. It will help me to deliver more compelling topics. The next topic is even more interesting and I hope you will like it too. It's on the way.

Liza from USA on June 27, 2020:

I like all of your suggestions and tips. I think at this point in life, we all need to be stress-free, calm, and relax. It is important to be healthy for ourselves and our family. Thank you for sharing!

Danny (author) from India on June 25, 2020:

Thanks, Mam. Yes, these are things that we need to implement not only during these testing times but always. Humans have avoided walks in nature due to hectic lifestyles but now nature is in full swing and testing us.

It proves the point that nature is always right.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 25, 2020:

Welcome to HubPages. Thanks for following me, and thanks for sharing these timely relaxation tips. These are activities we need to be doing right now.

Danny (author) from India on June 24, 2020:

Thanks Shreya

Shreya MK on June 24, 2020:

Very helpful article

And nicely described :)

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