More and more people are struggling with stress and, in 2019, it’s not difficult to see why. We are all constantly switched on, waiting for our phones to beep, for work to call or for the whole political landscape to suddenly shift again. Just look at the front pages of any newspaper and you can see why we are all so stressed all the time.
With this in mind, it’s also not surprising that 2019 has become a hotbed for alternative stress relief activities and cures. But you don’t need to wait until the new year to make a change for the better.
So, here are a couple of new stress-busting ideas.
CBD and CBG
Over the last year or so, cannabidiols have become mainstream with everything from cbd water to the latest addition, cbg oil. Cannabidiols come with a lot of different claims from stress relief to improving the prospects of cancer patients. But, the most important thing to note is that there is still very little clinical research so all of these claims should be taken with a pinch of salt.
However, anecdotal evidence does suggest that there could be some benefits to trying cannabidiols to help relieve stress, anxiety and insomnia in smaller doses. There is still a lot of research to be done but the explosion of products this year certainly shows that a lot of people are happy to put their faith into cannabidiols.
We are constantly connected to the internet in some way. Whether it’s your phone pinging to tell you another email has arrived or you’re watching TV using a streaming service or you are scrolling through social media, you’re connected. And, we all know that most of us are doing these things simultaneously a lot of the time.
This is why the idea of a digital detox is so appealing in 2019. Unlike the previous generation, we are so used to being plugged in that our brains have literally changed to accommodate digital media. Luckily, a detox can help reverse that change, even for a short time, and give you a chance to actually relax.
ASMR, or Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, isn’t particularly new but recent research into the phenomenon has suggested that it could be really beneficial for people who are feeling stressed and struggling to sleep. The people who experience ASMR also enjoy a lowered heart rate and a pleasant ‘tingling’ sensation in the head.
The whole point of ASMR videos is to give you a chance to live in the moment. Watching a video of someone folding towels might not sound especially fascinating, but there is definitely something in the purposefulness that appeals to some people. But if folding towels doesn’t appeal, don’t worry – there are thousands of videos on YouTube.
We live in a stressful time and managing our stress is becoming more difficult, the more connected we become. But that doesn’t mean that a small lifestyle change can’t help. Give yourself some time to do whatever it is that chills you out – it’s the best gift you can receive and only something you can do for yourself.