15 Out Of The Box Ways To Manage Stress

Stress is seemingly on the rise, but there are powerful ways to manage stress. The statistics are staggering and show that stress and anxiety are up in surprising ways.

Ways To Manage Stress

Here are some key statistics on mental health, stress, and anxiety in America:

  1. Prevalence of Anxiety Disorders:
  1. Stress Levels:
  1. Depression:
  • About 21 million adults in the U.S. (8.4% of the population) had at least one major depressive episode in 2020.
  1. Impact on Youth:
  • 9.7% of youth (2.3 million) in the U.S. have severe major depression.
  • 15.08% of youth experienced a major depressive episode in the past year.
  1. Treatment Gap:
  • Only 46.2% of adults with mental illness received treatment in 2020.
  • The average delay between the onset of mental illness symptoms and treatment is 11 years.
  1. Economic Impact:
  • Serious mental illness causes $193.2 billion in lost earnings each year in the U.S.
  • Depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy $1 trillion each year in lost productivity.
  1. COVID-19 Impact:
  • During the pandemic, about 4 in 10 adults in the U.S. reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder, up from 1 in 10 in 2019.
  1. Workplace Stress:
  • 83% of US workers suffer from work-related stress, with 25% saying their job is the number one stressor in their lives.
  1. Suicide:
  • Suicide is the 12th leading cause of death in the U.S.
  • In 2020, there were an estimated 1.2 million suicide attempts.
  1. Generational Differences:
  • In recent surveys, Gen Z adults (ages 18-23) reported the highest levels of stress compared to other generations.

These statistics underscore the significant impact of mental health issues, particularly stress and anxiety, on the American population. They highlight the need for increased awareness, accessible treatment options, and effective coping strategies.

15 Powerful And Unconventional Ways To Manage Stress

Now let’s consider 15 unconventional and out-of-the-box ways to manage stress:

  1. Laughter Yoga: This practice combines laughter exercises with yoga breathing techniques. Laughter yoga promotes stress relief through forced laughter that often turns into genuine laughs.
  2. Forest Bathing: Originating in Japan (called “shinrin-yoku”), this involves immersing yourself in nature, using all five senses to connect with your surroundings. Check out this short video here with Nature Connection Coach Hana Lee Goldin.
  3. Flotation Therapy: Spending time in a sensory deprivation tank filled with salt water has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety.
  4. Adult Coloring: Immersing yourself in detailed coloring activities can be meditative and stress-reducing.
  5. Scream Therapy: Finding a safe, isolated place to scream your lungs and frustrations out can be cathartic.
  6. Acupressure Mats: Lying on a mat covered with plastic spikes might seem counterintuitive, but can be deeply relaxing.
  7. Rage Rooms: Supervised spaces where you can safely smash objects to release pent-up stress and frustration have been shown to help release pent-up anger and aggression.
  8. Cold Water Plunges: A brief immersion in cold water can trigger a physiological response that may help manage stress.
  9. Lego Building: The focused, creative process of building with Legos has been found to be surprisingly calming for adults.
  10. Drum Circles: Communal drumming is both stress-relieving and community-building.
  11. Goat Yoga: Practicing yoga in the presence of playful goats adds an element of fun and unpredictability to stress relief.
  12. Virtual Reality Meditation: Using VR technology to transport yourself to relaxing spaces for guided meditation offers deep calm and tranquility.
  13. Improv Classes: Learning to think on your feet and embrace unpredictability can help manage everyday stressors.
  14. Sand Mandala Creation: The process of creating and then destroying intricate sand art can teach us about impermanence and letting go.
  15. Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR): Listening to specific sounds that trigger a relaxing, tingling sensation in some people is a great form of therapy.

Remember, what works for one person may not work for another. It’s about finding unique approaches that resonate with you personally. Always consult with a doctor before trying any new stress management technique, especially if you have underlying health conditions.

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