5 Activities for Natural Stress Relief

There is no magical formula for relieving stress, and even the most reliable stress relievers are only effective for some people. The main reason for the inconsistency is that you have to be in the right place mentally in order for a given antistress activity to work for you. Plus, since everyone has different interests and temperaments, something that takes care of stress for one person might be ineffective for someone else. For instance, some people find running to be highly effective for relieving stress. But if you are not a runner and dread the idea of making yourself do that, then it can actually add to your stress.
While it is difficult to pinpoint a single antistress activity that will work for everyone, at least one of these five should do the trick for you. If you are not sure where to start, try each until you find one that works.
1. Swimming: Unlike running and other very demanding types of exercise, swimming can truly be done at one’s own pace. And aside from being one of the best ways to get a truly full-body workout, swimming is simply enjoyable in ways that more self-punishing types of exercise are not. There is something pleasurable about being in the water, and it is a feeling that is not matched by anything else in the world. For maximum stress relief (and good exercise) try at least two one-hour sessions of swimming per week.
2. Meditation: You do not have to treat meditation as a religious or spiritual activity if you have no feelings about that side of the activity. But even separate from these aspects, meditation is a rewarding activity for the way it helps you quiet your mind and reset your thoughts. When you are in the middle of a stressful day, if you take some time out to meditate, you will then feel better prepared to handle the challenges of your day. Read more...
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