Stress is something that every human being experiences from time to time. Whether you’re completely stressed out or just a little frazzled, these are some of the weirdest habits and practices that some people swear by as a means to be less stressed.
Stress can kill your physical and mental health. That’s why it’s important that you make a plan to implement some of these weird habits and practices. You’ll want to come up with a game plan in your everyday life that helps you ease stress so that you’re better able to live a long and happy life.
Fake a Smile
Yes! We’re telling you that some people fake a smile every day and start to feel less stressed. The saying goes a little something like this, ‘fake it till you make it’. This holds true for this habit that people swear by as a means to relieve stress. Spend each day forcing yourself to smile and eventually it will become habitual and you’ll feel more relaxed.
Suck Your Thumb
Apparently placing your thumb in your mouth and then blowing on it helps activate your vagus nerve. This nerve helps lower blood pressure and heart rate. Reduced blood pressure and heart rate do help significantly lower your stress levels. So, find a corner and go suck your thumb to reduce stress.
Many people swear that chewing gum can help reduce stress. People who suffer from anxiety know that this trick works to reduce anxiety and so it only makes sense that some people have used this method to reduce their stress. The next time you’re heading into a stressful meeting, grab a piece of gum!
Spend Time with Plants
Start investing in houseplants because they have been proven to help reduce stress. Many studies have been performed citing that offices and homes that have plants help reduce the stress of those in the home or office, so find your green thumb and get planting!
Some people swear by pressure points and how certain pressure points can relieve specific symptoms. One such pressure point is the spot between your second and third knuckles. Simply apply pressure to this area and watch as your stress melts away.
Drink Green Tea
Green tea contains something known as theanine which is an amino acid. This amino acid has been proven to reduce the effects of caffeine. Consuming too much caffeine can cause jitters and increase your stress, so drink some green tea to offset it.
These are just a few of the many weird habits and practices that relieve stress for everyday people. Whether you’re looking for lifestyle changes, or simply want something to reduce your stress during a stressful situation, these weird habits are surely something you can try!