This year could be subtitled “the year of stress.” The world is suffering from a serious pandemic, political upheaval, financial stress, and safety fears.
The United States is no different. People do not know how to secure their jobs or health insurance.
They do not know what the near or distant future will bring. Staying home more is not an option, but is required. Wearing masks and personal distancing cuts down needed personal contact with friends and family. Some people have relatives who are ill.
It is no wonder that stress is becoming a serious issue in this country and the world.
Dealing with stress through vaping
There are many ways to positively deal with stress in our lives. It often takes a combination of strategies to cut stress and live the best life possible. Some people may want to start vaping.
This is a personal choice some people make to deal with some stress. Vaping is sort of like smoking but without the tobacco or cigarette.
The vaping device can be small, like an electronic cigarette, e-cigarette, hookah pen, vape pens, or a device that looks like a USB flash drive. Vaping can also be done with larger devices called hookas.
Many new vapers use a vape device made by UWELL that is like a small, longish rectangle with rounded edges and a flattened inhaler that has air pressure sensors for easy inhaling. This device contains long-lasting batteries and cartridges. It also has child safety protection.
Vaping does not have to involve nicotine or other cigarette chemicals. Instead, the vaping device can use e-juice or e-liquid.
E-liquid or vape juice is what is used in vaping devices to make the inhaled mist. It contains vegetable glycerine, flavorings, and propylene glycol. Then, they can have added nicotine or other ingredients. The flavors available are extensive.
More ways to deal with stress
There are a lot of ways to deal with stress. Each person can choose a combination of things to help them relieve stress and feel better. Fifteen of the best stress relief tactics are:
1. Get more exercise to relieve stress by as much as 50%. You don’t need to go to a gym unless you want the company. In fact, with the pandemic restrictions, exercising at home and outdoors might be better. Walk, jog, run, do sit-ups or push-ups. Do stretching exercises and weight lifting. Do a variety of exercises to meet different body needs and issues.
2. When you do part of the exercising outside, you can further reduce blood pressure, heart rate, and muscle tension. Being outdoors in nature also reduces the production of stress hormones.
3. Try keeping a journal where you write down worries and negative thoughts, then cross them out and replace them with positive thoughts and things that make you grateful.
4. Listen to calming or favorite music and sing along or just sing favorite songs. How about dancing along with the music? This lowers stress and increases the production of endorphins.
5. Connect with people with calls, e-mail, or online to get connected with the outside world and not feel so isolated. While you are online, google humorous videos or messages to get some healthy laughter in your day.
6. If you have a dog or cat, pet and hug them. If you don’t have a pet and are living where pets are allowed, seriously consider getting a pet. The local pet shelter is the best place to start. The act of rescuing an animal is a good mood booster, and petting the animal can decrease stress hormones and increase serotonin for happy feelings. Caring for the animal takes your mind off your problems a little.
7. Do artwork even if it is as simple as using an adult coloring book. Producing art is healthy, creative, and can act as meditation. Even non-artists can make more time for hobbies, special interests, and exploring interesting subjects.
8. Practice things like meditation and mindfulness to improve your mood, release body tension, and reduce anxiety and depression. Try yoga, tai-chi, and other relaxation techniques. Breathing exercises can also be helpful.
9. Sleep is an area to prioritize. This is a good time to find ways to sleep better and get the recommended amount of sleep to recharge the body and fight stress.
10. Avoid the temptation to smoke and drink alcohol to access. Rather than helping a person reduce the stress these habits actually increase stress feelings. Why add addiction and health problems to the stress that is already hurting you?
11. Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet that limits sugars and junk food.
12. When needed, get professional help from a psychologist or other mental health professional for depression, other mental health issues, or stress management.
13. Learn to be assertive in a healthy way instead of angry or aggressive. Accept events that you can not control and develop a positive attitude in your life. Part of this is learning to reduce stress by saying no to requests that will only increase stress.
14. Learn to manage your time more effectively to reduce stress from projects and jobs that are not completed. Another aspect of this is to reduce clutter and messes in your space. Find more time to enjoy relaxing alone. Take a bubble bath, drink a cup of herbal tea, look out a window and daydream, or read a good book. Put your feet up and let the pose settle your body and mind. Consider doing a few brain games such as crossword puzzles or mahjong.
15. Treat yourself to foods like chocolate, green tea, honey, coffee, or yogurt to relax and reduce stress. Mangos are a fruit that is good to reduce stress. Chewing gum is surprisingly relaxing in stressful situations. Eating crunchy food is also a stress-reducing practice. Try an apple, celery, or trail mix.
Additional stress relief for the body
Then there are some physical ways to help with stress, including splashing your face with cold water, massaging your hands with lotion, and stretching your wrists and fingers.
Some people find that using acupressure helps them. Others like taking their frustration out on a stress ball. Massaging one’s own scalp can help, too.
Taking a leisurely walk or sitting on a park bench can be relaxing and reduce stress. Doing stretches for every part of your body can relax tense muscles and make anyone feel better.