Stress Relieving Methods – How Promising Are They?
Most of all, data shows that in today’s hectic pace, a high percentage of people feel stressed at some time or another. Also, survey data shows popular methods or stress reducers people typically use to relieve stress. Moreover, some of these stress reducers have been studied for their effectiveness in relieving stress. And the results of these studies are presented below.
Stress Reducers - Laughter
First of all, laughter is one of the stress reducers. Moreover, laughter provides the following short term benefits.
Also, laughter provides the following long term benefits.
Most noteworthy, researchers, at Loma Linda University, found that, 43.6% of people experiencing a good laugh performed significantly better in a memory recall test. On the other hand, only 20.3% of the people that didn’t experience a good laugh performed significantly better in the memory recall test. Furthermore, people experiencing a good laugh had considerably lower levels of cortisol. While people that didn’t experience a good laugh had only a slightly lower level of cortisol.
Additionally, Loma Linda University researchers in 2008, reported cortisol levels dropped 67% 30 minutes after watching a humorous video.
Stress Reducers - Chewing Gum
Most noteworthy, research shows that chewing gum helps relieve stress and anxiety. Above all, the rhythmic motion of chewing helps boost blood flow to the brain.
So, next time you’re stressed, chew gum.
Stress Reducers - Drinking Tea
Next, a study in the journal Psychopharmacology reported that drinking black tea, one of the stress reducers, resulted in a 47% drop in cortisol after 50 minutes.
Stress Reducers - Walking In the Woods
Most of all, walking in the woods is one of the stress reducers. And, a 2007 study in Journal of Physiological Anthropology reported significant cortisol level drop walking in woods versus city. Furthermore, a 20 minute walk in the woods decreased cortisol by 15.8%.
Moreover, a stroll soothes the brain and takes away stress. Also, walking briskly or jogging activates soothing neurons in the brain. And, these neurons help dull feelings of stress, anxiety and even depression.
Stress Reducers - Sound
Listening to Sound of Rippling Water
Next, a 2013 study demonstrated that listening to rippling water, one of the stress reducers, had the following effects.
Listening to Relaxing Music
Most of all, listening to relaxing music is one of the stress reducers. In fact, relaxing music can help reduce stress and anxiety, help relieve pain, and reduce stress in patients with heart disease.
Furthermore, the same 2013 study demonstrated that listening to relaxing music (‘Miserere’ by Allegri) has the following effects.
Listening to Weightless
Finally, listening to Weightless, is also one of the stress reducers. Most of all, Weightless by Marconi Union reduces levels of stress and anxiety by 65 %.
Stress Reducers - Short Nap
Next, a short nap is one of the stress reducers. Moreover, the diurnal cortisol curve shows that a 30 minute nap results in saliva cortisol level drop of 5%. Most noteworthy, the 30 minute nap is taken in the afternoon between 12 noon and 6 PM. Furthermore, the 30 minute afternoon nap following a stressful event, also reduces your blood pressure.