Effective techniques to reduce stress

Mental Wellbeing

Do you feel like life is so busy it is impossible to get some time to yourself? With work, family and friends, it can be difficult to get a moment to sit back and relax.

In this modern society, we have adapted to be fast-paced. Every aspect of our lives has been conditioned to be fast-paced – our work, our commutes, our meals. It is even more vital now more than ever that we normalise making time to take breaks. It is always important to give ourselves the care and attention we give others.

There are a number of techniques that can help you reduce stress and anxiety. The few below can be useful in helping you reduce stress especially when you have a packed schedule. 

Take a deep breath

When things feel overwhelming, take a minute to yourself and take a deep breath. Spending 5 minutes a day to yourself, with no other distractions can help in boosting your mood and relieving stress tremendously. You can utilise these 5 minutes by meditating. Meditating is good in relieving stress as it allows you to be present and see situations from a more positive perspective. 

Listening to music

A study published in The Journal of Positive Psychology suggests that listening to upbeat music can increase overall happiness in just two weeks. An upbeat tempo can improve your mood as well as your quality of life.


Exercising once a day can help elevate your mood and immediately impact how you feel in the hours after. Exercise comes in various forms and includes walking, swimming, running and hiking. Regardless of your fitness level, just engaging in some form of activity can be a great way to clear your mind. 

Bake or cook your favourite meal

Baking and cooking are great ways in which you can steer your mind away from your thoughts. It does not only allow you to zone out for a few hours but it also stimulates your creative thoughts and can actually be therapeutic. 

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