Sexy, Strange & Surprising Ways to Reduce Stress

Women & The Effects of Stress

It’s no secret that women experience anxiety more than men do, but did you know that studies show that more women are also reporting a rise in their stress levels? With the holidays upon us, chances are that between managing the minutia of daily life and preparing for the onslaught of family, friends, and holiday expectations—you too are struggling with a little extra tension.

It may seem like the battle against stress is neverending, and in many ways it is, but there are some small life changes you can make that reduce its occurrence and severity. Additionally, there are some easy anxiety-reducing tactics you can implement that come with the added bonus of fighting the seasonal blues.

6 Ways To Reduce Stress

The following tactics and tips are simple ways you can lower your stress level and the effect it has on your daily life.

Ways to reduce stress

Get Laid
Let’s start with the best news: regular, good sex lowers stress levels and improves cardiovascular health in women. In fact, a national study published in the National Center of Biotechnology Information suggests that a healthy sex life can protect your cardiovascular health. The conclusion states, “We find that for women, partnered sex of good quality seems to promote cardio vascular health, specifically reducing the risks of hypertension.” 

So if you already have a partner, make time to get frisky as often as possible. If you don’t have a special someone to enjoy a regular romp with, it may just be time to download a couple dating apps.

Ways to reduce stress

Meditate
Duh! Right? This is probably the billionth time you’ve read this. So why aren’t you doing it? Studies show that meditating just 10 minutes a day is enough to change your brain and your life. If your answer is that you don’t know where to begin, you can quick-start your practice with a guided meditation app. Calm is our top pick for apps to try out. It comes with an array of guided meditations, sleep stories to help those suffering from stress-related insomnia, videos that teach you how to do mindful movement and so much more.

ways to reduce stress

Aroma Therapy 
Your sense of smell is powerful, and aromatherapy activates your smell receptors, which sends messages to your brain to relax through your nervous system. There are a variety of ways that you can use aromatherapy to reduce stress. First, you need to find the scent that will get you the result you are looking for and then you just have to decide how you want to activate it. Essential oils are commonly used in this form of therapy, and you can read here about how they can be used effectively during your meditation practice.

ways to reduce stress

Geta Puppy!
Ok, maybe not a puppy, but research does show that pet owners have a lowered risk of cardiovascular disease and that petting a furry animal reduces anxiety. There are so many animals needing homes this time of year, especially adult dogs. If you don’t have a pet, it might be a good time to start perusing your local humane society.

ways to reduce stress

Head Down. But Up
Go upside down. This is an especially useful tip to come back to when you are experiencing extreme anxiety and need a quick fix. If you have ever taken a yoga class, you are likely familiar with inversions. The include poses like headstand and handstand. Inversions stop the stress response (AKA fight or flight) in its tracks. If you aren’t an expert yogi, don’t worry. Basic poses like downward dog or a simple standing forward fold will do the trick. Give it a try the next time you feel a panic attack coming on.

Bathe in Beer 
Word on the street is that pouring a couple of cans of your favorite beer into your bath can reduce stress. While skepticism is understandable, the thought is that itis the phytoestrogens from the hops in the beer combined with the heat of the water

that melts the tension away. We suggest sipping a glass of wine while you soak.

ways to reduce stress
photo: by Annette Bendetti

Spend Time in Nature
 When was the last time you completely unplugged and sat in an open field, in a forest or on a beach and listened to the sounds of Mother Nature? Research suggests being exposed to natural environments relieves psychological stress. Reaping the benefits of the natural world is as easy as going for an afternoon hike, strolling along the coastline, or setting up a weekend escape to the woods. If you live in snowy areas, consider taking up skiing or snowboarding.

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