Life can get tough. Stress is something that we all deal with at different points and in different ways. Whether work is annoying you, school is overwhelming, relationships are upsetting or something else, there are a multitude of ways to ease your stress and find relaxation. To help you this week we put together a list of 5 ways to relax and destress after a long day that you may not have thought about before.
1. Tune in to ASMR
ASMR, or Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, started becoming popular back in 2009 (Dua, T. 2019). A sensation regularly described as tingling in the brain is created when listening to sounds such as whispers, cracks, or accents. The sensation often moves down the spine and throughout the body as one listens to satisfying sounds, or even viewing satisfying pictures, creating an overwhelming sense of calm. There are plenty of YouTube channels that focus solely on creating ASMR content. If that doesn’t fit your vibe though, you can check out TikTok for shorter ASMR clips, or there are even podcasts dedicated to creating this calming content. Simply type ASMR in the search bar and you’ll find plenty of matter focused on bringing you tranquility.
2. Bust a Move
Increasing your heart rate can be a great way to relax. It may sound counterintuitive, but listen to the science behind it; Moving your body and being active releases endorphins which are basically a “feel good” hormone in your brain that make you feel good (Mi, T. n.d.). It’s seriously that simple. Oftentimes when we think of increasing your heart rate many of us automatically think of exercising, but that isn’t the only way to do it. Dance, sing, watch an exciting or scary movie, go for a swim, spin in a circle, go on a bike ride. These don’t have to be super intense things, just get your blood flowing and your endorphins will do the rest of the work for you.
3. Discover Aromatherapy
Essential oils have been popular FOREVER! Maybe not in the way that we see them typically used today, diluted in a diffuser that fills the room, but Egyptians have been using oils to calm and treat a person’s wellbeing since 3000-2500 B.C. (Essential Oils Academy, n.d.). There are a multitude of cultures that use oils to relieve stress, so there has to be something there that works right? Studies have shown that lavender and citrus help to relieve stress (Drummond, K. 2012). So, throw some lemon verbena oil into your diffuser and soak it all in while chillin’ out on the couch when you get home. Don’t have a diffuser? Sniff an orange! Really, it sounds strange, but it’s essentially the same effect as the diffuser gives off anyway.
4. Tune in to a new Podcast
The world of podcasts is truly an amazing thing. With a simple search you can find pretty much any content that your heart desires. You can find informative discussions on a topic that interests you or maybe in the field that you’re interested in working in. Many YouTubers have their own fun podcasts now as well, so you might be able to find your favorite’s there too. There are podcasts on religion, financing, fashion, gossip, gaming, politics, and plenty more. Do you play DND? There are podcasts for that. What about Pokémon? There are some for that too. Enjoy them both? There’s a podcast that follows DND characters playing as Pokémon. For real, if there’s something that interests you, see if there’s a podcast for it. It’s super easy to turn one on and listen while you let the stressors of your day fade away.
5. Massage your Scalp
We all know a massage can be relaxing, but we can’t all afford to get one regularly, and we don’t all have someone in our lives who is willing to give us one. So what can we do on our own? Scalp massage! It’s not as strange as it sounds, I promise. There are actually tools out there made specifically for this, and you can generally get them pretty cheap at your local dollar store. Even if you don’t want to buy something for this, simply rubbing your temples or your scalp with your hands can create a soothing feeling that will help you relax. Try it out the next time you get home from a long day, what’s there to lose anyway?!
It is important to remember that not everything works the same for everyone, and of course these aren’t the only options out there to help you relax. Some people despise ASMR content and love aromatherapy while others are obsessed with ASMR and despise exercising when trying to relax. Find what works for you and run with it! Let us know in the comments how you like to relax after a long day, we want to know!
Drummond, K. (2012). The best essential oil for stress? Prevention. https://www.prevention.com/life/a20448271/scent-of-citrus-shown-to-reduce-stress/
Dua, T. (Feb. 3, 2019). Michelob ultra’s super bowl ad had Zoe Kravitz whispering about pure gold beer — here’s what ASMR is and why such videos have become internet sensations. Business Insider. https://www.businessinsider.com/videos-designe d-to-trigger-asmr-are-surging-in-popularity-2017-11#:~:text=Despite %20the%20apparent%20popularity%20of,the%20phenomenon%20the%20foll owing%20year.
Essential Oils Academy (n.d.). History of essential oils. Essential Oils Academy. http://essentialoilsacademy.com/history/#:~:text=The%20earliest%20essential%20oils%20usage,uses%2C%20spiritual%20and%20physical%20wellbeing.
Mi, T. (n.d.). 40 simple and brilliant ways to relax and de-stress. Lifehack. https://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/40-simple-and-brilliant-ways-relax-and-stress.html