In today’s fast-paced and ever-connected world, stress has become an unpleasant fact of life! It is all around us, and most of us feel it every day. Everything from a hectic work life to a troubled personal life causes stress and anxiety in people with far-reaching consequences on physical and mental health. Most of us have our own ways of coping with stress, whether it is playing with a child, going for a walk or just pouring your heart out to a good friend. There are many other healthy ways to de-stress and reduce anxiety. Take your pick and kick stress out of your life.

Music: If listening to music can cheer you up when you are feeling down, then this is your mantra for relieving stress. Playing calm classical and instrumental music can have a positive effect on the brain, it helps reduce stress and promote well-being.

Playing a musical instrument or singing out loud is a sure-fire way to relieve stress and anxiety.

Laughter: They say laughter is the best medicine! It not only changes a person’s mood but can also lighten up the room by changing others’ mood as well. Laughter binds people together and increases cheerfulness and optimism, ultimately lowering stress levels in people. There is no way a person can feel stressed in a positive environment.

Smiling is another alternative to laughter. Researchers of a new study have found that smiling, even when forced can ease stress and change your mood instantly. Even in the most stressful and chaotic situation, a smile can make you and everyone around you feel lighter.

Smell: Soothing and calming scents like jasmine, rose and sandal wood, can help de-stress the brain, instantly. Incense sticks have a fantastic ability to clear negative thoughts and regenerate positive energy in people. They are mood enhancers that help relieve stress and soothe anxiety.

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