Lifestyle changes are also impactful if we want to tackle stress. It doesn’t help if we lose our cool or binge eat or run away from stressful situations. Here are some ways you can change your lifestyle to fight stress better.
# 13 Start going to yoga or aerobics classes
The first thing that comes to your mind is “oh, keep fit”. True, but not quite. Specifically, yoga and aerobics teach you to be in control of your movements. Yoga incorporates some form of meditation and spirituality while aerobics encourages you to be really pumped up, releasing endorphins and increasing energy levels. At the end of the day, if your body feels better, so does your mind.
# 14 Develop a creative hobby
Many workplaces are structured around deliverables and deadlines. Embarking on a creative hobby such as sculpting, photography, cooking or dancing allows you to exercise your left brain and gets you to see the world differently. Being creative may also end up helping you view challenges at work from a different perspective or could allow you to explore your true passions. Whichever way you look at it, being creative helps build you as a person.
# 15 Eating Healthy
You knew this was coming didn’t you. The benefits of eating healthy cannot be played up and literally everyone knows it, so it’s a wonder more people aren’t doing it.
Eat your greens, and some fruits. Nuff said.
# 16 Volunteering your time
There’s hardly enough time in a day to finish your work, spend time with the people you care about, and get enough sleep. However, when you volunteer your time to a cause you believe in, you expose yourself to so much more. Knowing that you’ve made a difference in someone’s life can be a powerful feeling. Many times, you end up realising that the stress in your life is easy compared to what others are going through.
# 17 Kissing
Yes, you heard that right. When you kiss someone, you’re being intimate and you’re letting your guard down. At the same time, kissing releases hormones including dopamine and oxytocin that can stimulate feelings of love and calmness respectively.
# 18 Soak in sunshine
Literally, and not just for its Vitamin D. Many people in Singapore are cooped up in offices, at home or in shopping malls. By going outdoors, you soak in the sunshine, and you’re more likely to be active in general – walking or participating in a physical activity.