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By Preeti Kashyap


Stress is inevitable — it comes creeping up from behind, sometimes when you least expect it. Stress manifests in different ways — for some it could cause hair loss or acne, some lose their sleep, some find it difficult to remember things or pay attention, so on and so forth. Knowing that you’re stressed and telling yourself that you will deal positively with it is half the battle won. There are different ways in which you can de-stress and unwind — you simply need to figure out what helps.

Make a feel-good playlist
Music has long been a saviour of sorts for many and might just be what helps you feel less anxious. Make a list of all your favourite songs, which you can listen to when you’re stressed out.

Take a short walk outside
Nothing like some fresh air to clear your mind and help you gain perspective. A walk outside — even just for a few minutes — will give you time to think things through and figure out what to do next.

Prep yourself up
Whether you’ve suddenly been told to make a presentation at the workplace, summoned to your kid’s school or have a serious discussion with your partner, give yourself about 10 minutes to figure out all possible outcomes and scenarios and how you will deal with them. This will help calm you down a bit and be more confident when the time comes.

Learn de-stressing exercises
While breathing exercises and light stretching will help release tension both from the mind and body, an effective exercise is to clench your muscles (while you inhale) and let go (as you exhale). Start with your forehead and face, and gradually move to the rest of the body. This clenching and surrendering action helps the body relax.

Give yourself a break
If work or family pressure is getting overwhelming, give yourself some time to simply stop and take a short break. Close your eyes and empty your mind of stressful thoughts. This will give your mind and body a chance to rejuvenate and deal with stress.

Watch your favourite sitcom/ movie
Laughing really is one of the best medicines when it comes to making yourself feel better. Take some time out and watch your favourite comedy TV serial or movie. Several studies say that laughing helps lower stress hormones in the body and helps you relax.

Maintain a diary
Keep a journal where you jot down things that stress you out. Write down how you feel and what you’re doing to combat feelings of anxiety and negative emotions. This will not only help you get things off your chest and cope better but also help you notice a pattern (if any) that you’ve got yourself into.

Be with people you love
Be around people who help you feel better just by their comforting presence. Spending time with people you like, helps your body release oxytocin, a chemical known to lower cortisol levels as well as blood pressure.

Have a vigorous workout session
Blow off steam with a sweaty workout session where you not only burn calories but also de-stress. Spend 30 minutes doing cardio, which will help clear your mind thanks to the endorphins that it will release in the body.
Spend some time meditating
Sitting still with no thoughts in your head is not as simple as it sounds. But keep practising and you’ll get there. Just a few minutes of meditation are excellent to lower levels of stress, anxiety and even depression.

Take a digital detox
Today, we’re so connected with technology that even an hour without checking your smartphone or laptop seems impossible. Do yourself a favour and take a break from your electronic gadgets for some time.
Spend time with a pet
If you’re animal friendly, spend some time with a four-legged friend. Dogs, especially, can sense your troubles and will instinctively know you need some cheering up. Studies have established that pets can significantly help reduce anxiety levels.