4. Listen to music
Music has something magical it can influence our mood very much. When we hear a fast rock title, it can make us enthusiastic. Classical music relaxes us. After a stressful day, listening to some relaxing music can help relieve your stress. If you don’t have one at hand, YouTube is a good source. There you can enter the keyword “relaxing music”. For a good mood, look for “uplifting music”. Café del Mar has the greatest consensus among music. I.e. most people like this music. So do I. Try it out. If the music takes you along and you dance – all the better.
5. Doing sport
Sport and exercise have been scientifically proven to be wonderful for our body and mind.
In a well-known Stanford University study on depression, the participants did 40 minutes of cycling three times a week. A peer group took anti-depressants. The astonishing result: After 16 weeks, 60% of the participants had clearly improved their depression. In a follow-up study on this 60%, it was examined how the relapse rate was. That is, how many of the participants fell back into their depression after ten months. The figure for the drug group was 38%. With the group that did sports, it was unbelievable 9%! This shows how well sport does not only for our body but also for our mind (Blumenthal, et al. (1999): “Effects of exercise training on older patients with major depression”, Archives of Internal Medicine, 159, 2349-2356).
A round of jogging reduces our stress. After that, we feel reborn. Sports that you enjoy, such as playing tennis or football, are also very good. The body is moved, stress hormones are reduced and our thoughts no longer revolve around worries and fears.
Imagine your favorite food. Maybe a kebab, a tasty steak or a delicious ice cream. If you imagine these pictures really intensely, your mouth will water. Our inner images can have a strong effect. We can use this to relax and feel good. A beautiful anti-stress technique is the dream place.
Imagine a place where you feel particularly comfortable. It would be best if it’s a place you’ve actually been before. A beautiful beach, maybe a mountaintop or whatever else you find pleasant. But it’s totally okay if you just imagine this place. I personally have such a place on a beach on a Thai island. It’s a bay, and I’m looking out to sea. It really is a beautiful place and I automatically feel relaxing alone when I think about it. Even now, as I am writing these lines, it touches my heart.
What is your dream place? Try to find your way in with all your senses. What do you see, do you hear, do you smell and taste? The more you put yourself in there, the more intense is the feeling of well-being. Put yourself in this place for a few minutes and you will lead yourself more relaxed. By the way, the more often you do this exercise, the easier and faster you can relax.