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Stress Awareness Month: 10 Quick and Proven Ways to De-Stress

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We’re Here to Help You Combat Stress This April

By now, you might have already accepted the reality that stress is a normal part of life. Whether it’s studying for a board exam, preparing for a job interview, seeing stacks of bills in your mailbox, or having an argument with your partner, you will always experience stress. Some handle it pretty well while others seem to have a hard time.

April is Stress Awareness Month. It’s a reminder that from time to time, we need to take a break from the pressures of life and re-evaluate ourselves. This way, we can keep our stress levels in check.

Long-term stress not only leads to mental and emotional problems but can also cause a slew of physical woes — from headaches and nausea to serious conditions such as stroke and heart diseases.

That’s why we’re here to encourage you to find out what’s been stressing you out lately and figure out how you can effectively manage your stressors.

 

Beat Stress Easily with These Tips

Finding a permanent cure for stress isn’t possible. No matter what we do, stress will always come crawling back to us. There’s no need to feel bad about it though. Besides, the more we think about erasing stress for good, the more stressed out we become.

Here’s the good news: You can take action against stress. Instead of allowing it to disrupt your life, you can learn how to move through it. Take a look at these 10 quick and proven ways to de-stress yourself.

  1. Laugh out loud.

They say laughter is the best medicine, and we couldn’t agree more. Experts say laughing is a natural remedy that can boost our mood, improve our immunity, and ward off stress. So, remember to spare an hour each day doing things that can make you laugh such as watching funny videos online.

  1. Meditate.

Meditation, along with deep breathing, has been proven to combat stress and lower the risk of heart disease. Detoxify your mind from negative and self-defeating thoughts by meditating for at least 20 or even five minutes a day. You might also want to consider yoga if you’re not the type to sit still.

  1. Chew gum.

Believe it or not, chewing gum can be a good stress buster. A 2008 study from Swinburne University in Australia discovered that the habit can reduce the stress hormone cortisol in saliva by 16% in mild stress and 12% in moderate stress. So, the next time you’re feeling frazzled, just get yourself a stick of your favorite bubblegum. Be sure not to chew loudly when you’re in public, though!

  1. Hop in the tub.

There’s something about long warm baths that give you a feeling of ease and relaxation. For an extra soothing effect, add in lavender or eucalyptus oil, and listen to calming music in the background.

  1. Play with your pet.

Pet owners would agree that spending time with their furry companions is a great way to relieve stress. Since pets tend to live in the moment, they can help you become more mindful and appreciate the joy of the present, making you forget about your worries. Studies even suggest that dog owners are happier than those who don’t own such pets.

  1. Hang out with your BFF.

Among the joys of having a best friend is that you can confide in them whenever you’re under a lot of stress. Talking to them candidly about your problems is enough to fight your anxiety away. Plus, you can do lots of fun things together that can help take your mind off things, such as grabbing lunch, taking a road trip, or exploring a new hobby.

  1. Disconnect.

Sometimes, you just need to turn off all your gadgets and leave them behind as you head out. Spending too much time with your phone can be draining, especially if you’re frequently checking your social media pages. You’ll be surprised at how peaceful you can be when you keep your phone or other devices away.

  1. Camp on a weekend.

Can you hear the mountains calling your name? Go on a hike and let Mother Nature take care of you as you marvel at the picturesque scenery while breathing fresh air and listening to the beautiful chirping of birds.

  1. Unleash your creativity.

Expressing yourself through arts and crafts can calm your mind and make you feel better. Studies reveal that art therapy, coloring mandalas, painting, and drawing can minimize anxiety and combat negative moods. Don’t worry — no artistic ability is required!

  1. Buy an indoor plant.

There’s more to house plants than just being decors and air purifiers. They’re also known to soothe your nerves and deepen your inner peace. Jasmine, lavender, chamomile, skullcap, and marjoram are particularly effective in soothing nerves.

 

Get Rid of That Clunker That’s Stressing You Out!

The everyday stress you experience may be nothing compared to what the disadvantaged people in your community are facing. These are the men and women who face obstacles in finding decent sources of income because of disabilities, lack of education or essential skills, and other personal circumstances that prevent them from harnessing their full potential.

You can do something simple that can transform the lives of these folks. All you have to do is to donate to us any vehicle you no longer use or need to us at Goodwill Car Donations.

Such an act can also relieve you of a major source of stress. It’s because you can now easily get your hands off an old vehicle that’s constantly giving you headaches with its frequent breakdowns and costly repairs.

We’ll auction off your vehicle and then transfer the proceeds to the Goodwill organization serving your area. Located in various parts of the country, Goodwill organizations are IRS-approved 501(c)(3) nonprofits that cater to disadvantaged Americans. They use the funds that we turn over to them to deliver life-enriching services to their beneficiaries, providing them with job training, employment opportunities, scholarships, livelihood assistance, disability benefits, and other critical community-building support services.

To repay you for your charitable contribution, we’ll mail you the 100% tax-deductible sales receipt of your vehicle days after we sell it. The receipt will entitle you to claim the maximum tax deduction when you file your tax return in the next tax season.

You will also benefit from our free towing service. As long as you live within the U.S., we’ll be more than happy to haul your vehicle away without charging you a single penny.

What’s more, you can count on us to provide you with a highly satisfying donation experience, knowing that your act of charity will help generate new jobs in your community.

Aside from cars, we also accept many other types of vehicles, including those that are no longer running. Head over to this page to know more about the vehicles we usually take as donations.

If you have any questions for us, feel free to send them here or contact us directly at 866-233-8586. Visit our FAQs page for further details on our car donation program, including our donation process.

 

Make a Difference in Your Community Today

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You can mark Stress Awareness Month this April in a most meaningful way by making a difference in the lives of disadvantaged people in your community. Call Goodwill Car Donations at 866-233-8586 or fill out our online donation form now!