Struggle, Struggle, Struggle…..
A majority of people’s daily lives can be defined in a single word: Struggle.
We are so engrossed in the daily struggle that we forget to de-stress and Rejuvenate.
Sometimes, we need to take a break from the daily hassles of life and De-stress and Rejuvenate so that we can recover our productivity, energy, and mental calm.
This article highlights some of the best ways to de-stress and rejuvenate on a regular basis. Most of the activities highlighted in this article are super simple to follow and don’t take much time to practice. Some things could be done daily, while others should be done on a weekly or a monthly basis.
Here is a list of 32 ways to De-stress and Rejuvenate your Mind, Body, and Spirit:
Best ways to de-stress and Rejuvenate
1. Apply cold cucumber slice on eyes
One of the best ways to reduce stress and relax after a hectic day of work or study is to put a cucumber slice on the eyes for 15-20 minutes.
Cucumber slices not only help in relaxing the eyes but also help with puffiness and dark circles around the eyes.
You should ideally refrigerate cucumber slices before applying them to the eyes.
Frequency: Alternate days
2. Meditate early morning and before sleeping at night
Meditation helps in reducing stress and anxiety, managing thoughts, and calming nerves.
You should meditate for at least 10 minutes, twice daily: once in the morning and once before sleeping at night.
If you are a working person, then you should meditate for at least 30 minutes daily. You can play meditation music in the background to reduce external disturbance.
Frequency: Twice daily: Early morning and before sleeping at night.
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3. Rule of 448: Breathing exercise
This is a very effective and simple way to manage stress and anxiety attacks.
It involves a simple breathing exercise:
- Breath-in air through nostrils for 4 seconds.
- Hold the air for 7 seconds.
- Release the air through nostrils slowly for 8 seconds.
- Calms the nerves and mind.
- Improves the oxygen level in blood.
- Reduces stress and anxiety.
The exercise should be done at least 5 times:
- Before taking an important decision at work (or life in general).
- When experiencing stress and anxiety.
- When feeling burned out at work.
- When feeling angry.
This is a highly proven method to manage stress and calm nerves.
This costs nothing to practice but certainly helps employees in making better decisions and reducing errors at the workplace.
Frequency: multiple times during the day.
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4. Exercise regularly
Practicing body stretching at home in the morning with some strength exercise helps in maintaining fitness and body flexibility.
This also helps in reducing body pain and muscle tension. You should ideally workout after meditating in the morning.
Exercising daily will reduce stress, make you feel younger, and increase your immunity.
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5. Talk to friends and family daily
One of the best ways to reduce stress during the day is to talk to someone about whom you care. This could be your parents, friends, or siblings.
You should talk to at least 1 friend/ family daily to take-off your mind from workload, stress, and the entire day’s events.
6. Stop doing whatever you are doing
If at any time during the day you feel stressed and worked-up, then you should immediately stop working on that particular thing and take a small break (~5 minutes).
You can either take a walk or chat with a friend, or listen to some music (whatever works for you) to take your mind off from that task.
After 5 minutes you should get back to work. This is a highly proven way to work without getting stressed and worked-up.
Instead of taking breaks only when you feel stressed, you can make it a routine to take a 5-minute break after every 60 or 90 minutes of work.
This technique will definitely help you in increasing your productivity and reduce burnout.
Frequency: Every 60-90 minutes
7. Take a nap
If you are at home and experience stress or feel like taking a break, then you should stop doing whatever you are doing at that time and take a nap.
Taking a 15-30 minute nap will reset your energy and also allow you to cover up the sleep time by increasing your productivity.
This is a beneficial exercise for students during the examination and for professionals who work from home.
Frequency: Every day when you work from home or while studying for exams.
8. Watch funny videos/ standup comedy
You can watch funny videos/ standup comedy videos while commuting in public transport or in-between the work while working from home.
You should however avoid watching these videos at the office.
9. Wake up early
Waking up early (at around ~5 am) can give you some extra time to not only focus on work, but also on Physical, Mental, and Emotional Health.
Waking up early sets your entire routine in a way that you not only get enough time to focus on work and health but also get to spend time with family.
Following the 5 am routine (the one popularised by Robin Sharma in this book The 5 am Club) will not only help you with managing workload but will also free up some time during which you can de-stress and rejuvenate.
Frequency: Weekdays. You can wake up at around 7 am on weekends.
10. Get plenty of sleep at night
Everyone should sleep for at least 6-8 hours daily. Most of the growth and repair functions of our body are carried out while we sleep and therefore an adequate amount of sleep is important.
You should ideally sleep before 12 at night and wake up before 7 am.
Proper sleep helps in maintaining health and improves the face glow.
11. Hug/ cuddle with someone
Hugging and cuddling can reduce stress and make you happy.
Oxytocin, also known as the cuddle hormone is produced when you hug, touch, or sit close to someone.
Even more, Oxytocin reduces blood pressure as well.
So, give a hug if someone you know is sad or going through a tough time.
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12. Drink Lemon Juice daily
Fresh pressed Lemon juice is an amazing drink to bust off the heat during summers.
Drinking warm water with lemon and honey is a great way to detox the body and remove the accumulated toxins from the body.
Overall, drinking lemon juice is one of the best ways to rejuvenate your body since it boosts your metabolism, keeps the body pH balanced, and helps in reducing inflammation
13. Take a warm bubble bath/ warm water bath
Taking a warm bubble bath can help in reducing mental tension, muscle fatigue, stress, and rejuvenate your skin, and uplift your mood.
You can take a warm bubble bath after coming from work or college. Ideally, you should take this bath before sleeping to improve sleep quality.
Frequency: Daily/ Weekly
14. Use a rejuvenating face mask
You can use a face mask to improve skin texture and the glow of your skin.
All that you need to do is put up a face mask after washing your face.
You can also put cold cucumber slices on eyes along with the face mask, turn on some calm music, and take a power nap.
This is one of the best ways to reduce stress, relax and at the same time rejuvenate your face.
Frequency: Every fortnight
15. Get a full body massage
Full body massages and Ayurveda therapies can be beneficial in tackling stress, anxiety, and body pain.
You can go for massages on a monthly or quarterly basis. However, if your work is very hectic and you are super stressed, then you should visit massage centers every fortnight or every month.
Body massages help in reducing the tension from muscles, increase immunity, improve skin glow and rejuvenate the body.
Frequency: Monthly/ Quarterly
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16. Listen to meditation or sleep music
Listening to meditation or sleep music can calm down your nerves and balance your emotions.
These types of music help in reducing stress and anxiety, promote sleep quality and concentration.
You can listen to meditation music while meditating, working, traveling, or studying.
Frequency: Every day
17. Say “NO” more often
One of the best ways to control stress is to say “NO” more often. You should not engage in things that are not meaningful to you or things which you don’t consider productive.
You should also not occupy yourself with work which you can’t handle while keeping your sanity in check.
Hustling is good, but over hustling can lead to burnout and ultimately deterioration in health conditions. If you have a hectic work schedule, then refrain from taking any social or community service responsibilities.
18. Wash your face with cold water
Sometimes, washing the face with cold water can help in hitting that much-needed reset button on all the worries and issues.
While these issues won’t get resolved on their own, you will get a chance to think about them clearly and with more concentration.
Frequency: At least once per day while working or studying.
Most of us spend at least 5-6 hours daily staring at screens. This is especially true for people working in the technology, finance, and legal sectors.
Continuous staring at screens can cause stress and pain in your eyes and forehead.
To prevent such situations, you must take breaks from technology by practicing Digital Detox. While it is very difficult to practice detox from technology for more than 6 hours on a daily basis, you can do it for 2-3 hours daily.
You must refrain from using tech 1 hour after waking up in the morning and 1 hour before sleeping at night. You can also practice Digital Detox while having meals.
You can choose to practice half-day detoxes from technology on weekends and holidays.
This will help you in relaxing your eyes and reduce the strain on your brain.
Frequency: 2 hours daily.
20. Practice a hobby
You can divert your mind from work and reduce mental stress by practicing a hobby or playing sports.
While you cannot eliminate stress completely, hobbies can be beneficial in reducing the stress for some time.
Frequency: Alternate days.
21. Go out (Park, balcony)
Taking a break from your daily routine by going to a park or spending time on your balcony can help you to reduce stress. You must spend some time in a park/ balcony/ terrace to refresh your mind.
Having a glance at trees from the window and even looking at nature images can make you happy.
22. Clean your surroundings
Tidy Home, Tidy Mind
To lift your mood, feel good about yourself, and reduce stress, you should clean your room, your house, or even your neighborhood.
Cleaning is considered an amazing outlet for negative energy and negative emotions.
23. Read daily
Reading is one of the most productive activities that you can do during your free time.
You can read while traveling or before sleeping at night (in that 1 hour digital detox period).
Reading fiction books can make you happy and lift your spirits.
24. Smile more
Smiling can rejuvenate your mind and reduce stress momentarily.
Whenever you feel stressed or worked-up, you should watch a funny clip or a standup comedy video.
People tend to feel happy when they see someone smiling.
25. Understand that you are a human and stress is a part of life
One of the best ways to de-stress is to understand that you are a human and that stress is a part of your life.
The world is not fair to everyone, and accepting that will not only take-off a load of stress, but will also make you strive harder to achieve targets and goals.
26. Eat Well
Workload and daily hassles of life can cause several health complications amongst people. These complications range from Cardiac issues to diabetes to memory loss.
You can avoid the majority of these health complications by eating healthy food.
Stress from health issues is one of the most prominent sources of stress. Eating healthy food can at least strike off one of your worries.
27. Stop watching TV
Reduce your TV time, especially news time.
News channels are in the business of generating TRP and therefore they will show whatever gets them TRP (mostly negative news)
Negativity causes stress.
28. Sleep in a dark room
Sleeping in a dark room can improve your sleep quality. You can also put cold cucumber slices on your eyes and sleep to rejuvenate your mind and de-stress after a hectic day.
Frequency: Alternate days
29. Listen to a mindfulness talk
Listening to mindfulness talks will not only help you with self-development, but you will also learn a couple of things that can help you with managing stress and workload and increasing productivity.
30. Look at your family pictures
Family pictures are a representation of moments: happy moments.
Whenever you feel sad, depressed, or experience negative emotions, you can go through your family albums to remember the good times.
These happy memories can help you in sailing through the bad and tough times.
31. Focus on your health
Focusing on your health can be super beneficial to you in the long run.
There are many things which you can do to improve your Physical, Mental, and Emotional health.
You should also focus on rejuvenating your body by practicing healthy eating habits along with self-care. Pay attention to your skin texture, hair, and personal hygiene.
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32. Do a complete body detox
You should do a complete body detox at least once per month.
You should choose one day in a month to fast and just consume fruits and vegetables. This practice can help you in reducing all the toxins from your body and can rejuvenate your skin.
Frequency: Monthly/ Weekly.
33. Go for a Wellness Retreat
Wellness Retreats can be super helpful in reducing stress, detoxing the body, and rejuvenating your Mind, Body, and Spirit.
Most of these retreats are situated within nature like in forests, near a beach, or amidst mountains.
Spending a week at wellness retreats will not only help you with improving your Health, Fitness, and Wellness but will also teach you the ideal and healthy ways of living your life.
“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are“
Follow the above-mentioned tips to De-stress and Rejuvenate your Mind, Body, and Spirit on a regular basis. Some of the tips mentioned above can be practiced daily while others should be followed on a monthly and annual basis.
Following these tips sincerely can have a deep impact on your life and will make you a better human being.
All the best towards your journey to De-stress and Rejuvenate.