In the last article, we looked at a range of different physical and mental exercises to help relieve stress. "But," we hear you say, "I’m too busy to do any of those things."
Fortunately, there are other ways to reduce the negative stress that you can do while you are working in the office or at home. One of the best is to use music.
1. Wake Up with Music
Avoid stressful talk radio and shock jocks. Wake up to your favorite music every morning. Start out with something gentle, then pick up the pace for a little more energy.
2. Program Your iPod
Create a playlist for every occasion, waking up, walking to work, working out. Just be sure not to play it too loud, so you don’t harm your hearing. Also, avoid noise-canceling headphones if you are out in traffic. Use one earbud so you can stay alert to your surroundings.
3. Sing in the Shower
You don’t have to be an "American Idol" winner to get a lot out of singing. It helps lower stress and blood pressure and improves breathing.
4. Sing in the Car When You Are Stuck in Traffic
Instead of cursing, try singing. It will help pass the time and improve your breathing and lung capacity.
5. Work with the Music On
Working with music can help pass the day and make it seem less stressful. Depending on the choice, you might also get more work done. Classical and jazz can boost productivity. Some studies have shown that trance music (electronic music) can really boost learning and success. If you need to concentrate a lot, choose your old favorites rather than listen to anything new.
6. Dance to the Music
Dancing can help relieve stress in a number of ways. It is good exercise and also offers emotional release. Turn your home into a disco, try Bollywood or belly dancing, and just have fun. Some people love line dancing.
If you’re really brave, try ballroom. It’s a great way to meet others. Or consider ballet. It will help you get toned and trim in no time. Why not try Zumba or salsa dancing?
There are many dance workout DVDs you can stream online that offer various styles of music, so you’re sure to find something fun that you love.
7. Sing in a Choir
This is a great way to relieve stress and meet other like-minded people.
Now that we've highlighted the difference between positive and negative stress, we hope you will take active steps to seek out the one and get relief from the other. Use positive stress as a chance to learn and grow, for your best life possible.
To your best health!