Feeling overwhelmed? Here are 5 most affordable ways to boost your mood in an instant

Just look around and you will find the most affordable ways to stay stress-free. Read on to know more.
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Stress is inevitable but you no longer need to lose your calm over its treatment. Image courtesy: Shutterstock.
Nikita Bhardwaj Updated: 16 May 2021, 01:04 am IST
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Who says you always have to splurge money on a good psychologist to help you get through stress? There are various things that you can do on a day-to-day basis to cheer yourself up. And in case you are having a bad day, and are feeling too overwhelmed, then pick any of these affordable stress-relieving therapies and calm yourself down in less than an hour. 

Although, all these therapies have been around for a long time, we haven’t really paid heed to their relevance. That’s why we want you to revisit them all, because we need them the most during this pandemic. 

Here are the five most affordable stress-busting therapies:
1. Music therapy

Without a doubt, music has the power to refresh and recharge. Not just that, but if you are finding it difficult to concentrate, then just plug those earphones on, and see how focused you will be.

According to renowned psychologist Dr Bhavna Barmi, music helps to treat anxiety. It has the power to calm you down, due to which anxiety doesn’t overpower you, and you are spared from getting a panic attack.

A study also goes on to show that if you hear the music of your choice for 30 minutes daily, then it is also great for your heart health.

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And if you may, then you can totally shake a leg to make it more fun and effective.

2. Sleep therapy

You might be feeling overwhelmed because of exertion, be it physical or mental. In both the cases, only one thing can work like a magic pill and that is sleeping.

There are no defined hours in here, because for some people even a power nap can do the trick. Although, a 7 to 8 hours sleep is what experts prescribe. When you sleep peacefully, your mind goes into an unwinding zone and helps you relax.

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To make your sleep more comfortable, sip on a cup of chamomile tea before going to bed or give yourself a nice head massage. They both help to induce, and will help you feel lighter, while you sleep like a baby.

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3. Water therapy

Has anyone told you to sip on some water, when you are agitated? Or have you ever tried taking a hot water shower after a hectic day? If you haven’t, then we would recommend you to try both these things.

Sipping on cold or normal water basically helps you lower your heart rate ,when you are agitated. And when you are all tired, then a hot water bath helps your muscles relax and induce sleep as well.

In fact, there are a lot of apps that are available that use the sound of water to help you calm down. Again, it’s a part of sound therapy.

4. Gardening or cooking

If you haven’t tried any of these, then you certainly try doing either or both of them. It has been seen that staying around green plants has a soothing impact on our mind, and makes us feel happy.

Cooking is another activity that helps to divert your attention. The aroma of food helps in boosting dopamine levels in your body, and ultimately you feel relaxed.

5. Adult coloring

No, it’s not a childish thing that we are suggesting to you, because it actually works. Even science recommends you to colour when in distress. According to research published in the Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, colouring a complex geometric design—like a mandala, for instance—creates a meditative state that is beneficial for reducing anxiety.

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Colouring is therapeutic, reduces stress, builds focus and helps achieve mindfulness. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

That’s because colouring uses both the logical and creative side of our brain, and diverts our attention to the pressing issues of our lives. It helps you to focus in the present, and let go of the past and future. That’s why you feel better while colouring.

So, next time you feel the blues, try giving any of these a shot and calm your senses just like that.

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