Tax season, deadlines, life events, over-thinking, and many other things can leave you feeling frustrated, depressed, and nervous. When faced with mounting challenges or demands, often times this causes stress levels to rise even more. While stress has a few positive kicks, like helping to accomplish tasks more efficiently or being a vital warning system, its negative side effects have a greater impact on a person.
Although you can never get away from all stresses, there is much you can do to help manage your stress and thus temper its effects on you. Consider the following fun tips to outsmart stress in your life during any season!
Reliever 1 – Crafting
Sometimes, we all feel insecure with ourselves, and, wonder if we will be able to succeed in the challenges set out for us and achieving our goals. This feeling can be very discouraging, and we all need a reminder that: We are talented and capable of completing what we set out to complete!
On a small scale, executing each step in a craft you enjoy and seeing the finished product, can provide a sense of validation, one that is reinforced every time you look proudly at the craft you have created. This sense of pride and triumph can boost your confidence and motivate you to face the bigger challenges head-on.
WHERE WE LIKE TO GO FOR CRAFTING IN THE 417:
RSVPaint LLC, 440 S Campbell Ave, Springfield, MO 65806
Reliever 2 – Wine and Margarita’s
After a long hard day, nothing feels better than sitting out on a back patio and having a couple of margaritas or some wine with close friends.
WHERE WE LIKE TO GO FOR WINE AND MARGARITA’S 417:
Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant & Bar, 602 N 25th St, Ozark, MO 65721
Springfield Brewing Company, 305 S Market Ave, Springfield, MO 65806
Reliever 3 – Play with Puppies or Kittens
Studies have shown that interactions with animals can decrease stress in humans. Playing with or petting an animal can increase levels of the stress-reducing hormone, Oxycontin, and decrease the production of the stress hormone, Cortisol.
WHERE WE LIKE TO GO TO PLAY WITH PUPPIES AND KITTENS IN THE 417:
Volunteer, Humane Society of Southwest Missouri, 3161 W Norton Rd, Springfield, MO 65803
Reliever 4 – Hike
One of the strongest ways hiking can relieve stress is through relaxation. Spending time outdoors is also connected to lower levels of stress. By hiking on a nature trail or in another natural setting, you can disassociate with the stresses of everyday life and focus instead on the wonder of reality around you.
WHERE WE LIKE TO GO HIKING IN 417:
Two Rivers Mountain Bike Park, 5055 2 Rivers Rd, Highlandville, MO 65669
Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area, 412 Owen Ln, Branson, MO 65616
Reliever 5 – Yoga
Yoga, practiced in the right way, can be as soothing as a hug or a nice massage when it comes to reducing tension and relaxing the physical body. Certain postures have a deeply calming effect on the whole system, particularly forward bends and inversions.
WHERE WE LIKE TO GO TO TAKE YOGA IN 417:
The Studio by Jamie Kinkeade, 1440 W Republic Rd #132, Springfield, MO 65807
Sage Studio Yoga and Wellness, 5133 S Campbell Ave #203, Springfield, MO 65810
Reliever 6 – Read a Book
Reading can take your mind into a literary world, which can ease the tensions in muscles and the heart.
WHERE WE LIKE TO GO READ IN 417:
Finley River Park, N Riverside Rd, Ozark, MO 65721
Reliever 7 – Go see a Movie
Funny and calming movies are the best for relieving stress. Laughter is the best medicine for the soul. Heading out to the movie with friends or just by yourself, helps you to relax, and enjoy the big screen. Doing this helps you relax and take a break from thinking about all the stressful things that come up in everyday life.
WHERE WE LIKE TO GO SEE A MOVIE IN 417:
B&B Ozark-Nixa 12, 620 N 25th St, Ozark, MO 65721
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Springfield, 4005 South Ave, Springfield, MO 65807
Reliever 8 – Climbing at Zenith
If you’re looking to reduce stress and improve yourself both physically and mentally, rock climbing is a great place to start! Climbing is a versatile, physically demanding sport that can be done indoors or outdoors. Rock climbing is a physically and mentally demanding sport, one that often tests a climber’s strength, endurance, agility, and balance along with his or her mental control.
WHERE WE LIKE TO GO CLIMBING IN 417:
Zenith Climbing Center, 3534 E Sunshine St -Ste 3, Springfield, MO 65809
Reliever 9 – Shopping
The most common activity for most women to relieve stress – isn’t obvious, shopping. According to the Huffington Post, about one-third of all Americans use retail therapy to relieve stress. So, it’s no surprise that women use this type of activity to lift their mood.
WHERE WE LIKE TO GO SHOPPING IN 417:
Tanger Outlets Branson, 300 Tanger Blvd, Branson, MO 65616
Ozark Square, E Church, Ozark, MO 65721
Reliever 10 – Take a Bubble Bath
The power of a bubble bath, can reduce stress and relax your muscles. Studies have shown the anti-inflammatory properties of a salt bath and the positive effects on people suffering from metabolic diseases like type 2 diabetes. According to some researches, taking a regular warm bath can also help reduce blood pressure.
WHERE WE LIKE TO GO TO GET BUBBLE BATH ESSENTIALS IN THE 417:
Jordan Essentials, 1520 North N Commercial Rd, Nixa, MO 65714
MaMa Jean’s Natural Market, 3530 E Sunshine St, Springfield, MO 65809