Stress is often a huge problem for many adults. People are stressed at home, at work, on their commute and even while trying to relax on vacation. When it comes to techniques to relieve stress, let us consider tactics that work for a younger population that almost never experiences the chronic stress of adult life. Kids!
- Come Back to Coloring
Although adults probably put away the colored pencils and crayons many years ago, the power these simple tools have to help you de-stress is immense. When coloring, we activate both sides of the brain. “The relaxation that it provides lowers the activity of the amygdala, a basic part of our brain involved in controlling emotion that is affected by stress,” says psychologist Gloria Martínez Ayala.
- Stretch Your Imagination
The imagination is every child’s go-to tool. They create fun out of thin air. Unfortunately for adults, imagination is often traded for logic and results-driven thinking. Choosing something you want and then imagine it 10 times bigger than you ever dreamed. This will help relieve stress because it can be fun and make the problems around you seem smaller.
- Finger Painting
This simple activity will stimulate your different senses and focus your mind on the paper. With finger painting you can forget about technique. Just let yourself have fun.
- Create Origami
No matter your past experience with the art of folding paper, this ancient Japanese art form has many benefits to relieve stress. It engages both hemispheres of your brain that allows you to focus on the task at hand while any stressors fade away.
- Play in Nature
Most kids can make up endless games in their yard or at the park. Next time you feel stressed, go in your yard and experience nature. Walk through the green grass barefoot. Look closely at the fallen yellow leaf or watch the busy ants work. Not only can nature distract you from your worries, the beautiful colors and sensations are relaxing for you.
- Mold Something With Clay
This tactile art form will also engage both halves of your brain especially when you utilize multicolored clay. Fimo Clay is a great place to start because you can create beautiful patterns and shapes. Clay provides a therapeutic medium for adults to express themselves creatively.
- Colored Sand Art
The tradition of sand art originates from Tibetan monks who use millions of grains of colored sand to create beautiful patterns designed to ignite compassionate feelings. Grab a glass bottle and create beautiful layers of sand in hypnotic patterns to relieve your stress.
- Cut Into Color
Let your mind relax as you allow yourself to cut pieces of construction paper into shapes and watch unexpected patterns emerge.
- Write A Silly Story
Did you ever write a story or draw a comic as a kid. This kid tactic is a great way to relieve stress because it helps you focus and use your imagination getting you away from worrisome thoughts.
- Get Dressed Up
Kids love to get dressed up and pretend they are a character in their favorite movie. Try it yourself. Put on some funny clothes or loud makeup and play around. You will probably have a few great laughs.
When it comes to relieving stress from our busy lives, it makes sense to look at kids. With their normally stress-free living, they are doing something right. Are there any kid tactics you like to use to de-stress? Share them in the comments.