What's Your Favorite Stress Reliever?

A Recent Survey Shows The USA's Top Stress Management Tools. But How Useful Are They?

What is your favorite stress reliever? A recent report by the American Psychological Association asked just this question.

According to the APA's annual "Stress In America 2009" report stress seems to continue to be on the rise:

"The Stress in America survey results show that adults continue to report high levels of stress and many report that their stress has increased over the past year.

Additionally, many adults are reporting physical symptoms of stress."

So they asked participants in their survey what their favorite stress reliever was.

The results were are as follows:

The results showed that 49% of respondents reported turning to using their MP3 players when stressed; and 44% said they exercise.

41% of those questioned said that they turned to books when stressed, while watching television or a movie and social interaction helped ease the stress of 36% of those surveyed.

We are now going to look at these different ways the US public is dealing with stress and see how effective they are.

Does Your Favorite Stress Reliever Work?

1. Listening To Music

Listening to music is definitely something that I would recommend here at Stress Relief Choices.

Music helps to relax the body and mind. It also can stimulate endorphins to really give the body a lift.

What I would add is that it is really dependent what music you listen to. Some music like classical is really uplifting and empowering. Listening to some Mozart or Beethoven can lift the spirits and shift your stress in minutes.

And although listening to your favorite tune might lift your stress in the short term - have a look at how joyful or uplifting the song is. If the lyrics are really negative and the music depressing you will find yourself feeling worse than when you started out.

I know this seems obvious but I am taking my own example in reference to this. As a teen I listened to a lot of rock and grunge and although the music moved me, the lyrics depressed me more than anything.

And just by listening to something really uplifting can really make a difference to stress levels.

So yes, this is something I do recommend.

2. Relieving Stress By Exercise

The 2nd favorite stress reliever was exercise. Exercise is definitely a must for any stress management program for me. Exercise helps to balance the body, release tension and stress, and it helps to relax the mind.

Exercise is also great for gaining clarity in the mind. Sometimes we can become lost in our thoughts and therefore our stress so exercise can help to balance this out.

Exercises I recommend are:

- Yoga: Yoga is a great exercise for relieving stress - it helps to bring both the breathing and movement together to create a really calming and balancing combination.

- Walking: Walking is a must for any stressful situation, especially if you can get out into nature. Walking helps to settle the emotions, release negative thoughts and release tension stored in the body.

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