21 Surefire Ways to Instantly Reset Your Mood and Melt Stress Away

When you really need to get your shit together, maybe because something bad happened and you can’t shake off that feeling of constant discomfort that is holding you back, or you simply worry too much about something you can’t control, or you fell back into depression and can’t afford yourself to be stuck there…

That’s when you could use something to take back control into your hands or a quick pick-me-up ritual in order to feel better.

Today I give you 20 + 1 ways you can use to instantly feel better and are SURE to work, pick whatever you like doing, let’s go:

 

1) Breathe

The most basic human function you can consciously engage in, and that levels down your overall stress levels and heartbeat.

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This is a useful example you can refer to if you don’t know how to breathe to relax

 

2) Meditate

Comes right after breathing, and for a good reason. Meditation is shown to lower your cortisol levels that are correlated to too much stress, as well as your blood pressure.

3) Go for a walk

Walking should be listed as another form of meditation since it lets you stay by yourself WHILE getting in the amazing benefits of walking for your body.

4) Have a Nutritious Diet

Knowing the effects that food has on your body is KEY to instantly know how to keep stress levels low and maintain your mood where it should be- at the top.

5) Have a cup of something (hot)

A warm cup of Tea or herbal tea can really give you that feeling of warmth, relaxation and affection you were looking for, protection almost. Prefer fruity stuff and don’t go heavy with the sugar though.

6) Hang out with your pals

When nothing seems to cheer you up or give you peace of mind, hanging out with your friends and have some good old’ social interaction it’s just what you needed to feel happy and forget all the worries you have.

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7) Watch (ONE) Good Film

While I don’t want you to become a potato couch, because you SHOULDN’T. The occasional amazing movie is something you can use to visit a whole another world in which you can lose yourself in.

8) Cook something

Cooking something wholesome from scratch is an amazing way to redirect your rage\stress into something else while making something delicious to eat with your pretty hands.

9) Work Out

You knew this was coming. But this is an incredibly undervalued way to give a new spin to an already bad day, trust me, your day will drastically change once you’ve tired yourself out of that bad energy.

10) Take some alone time

Life needs balance. There are times when being a social bee can cheer you up, and times when you can’t really bring yourself to do that, and your mind needs some quiet and loneliness, especially if you are a very social individual, taking some time to stay with your lonesome can be incredibly soothing.

11) Sauna

Seriously, have you ever tried getting into a scorching hot sauna? Stay awhile into that place and when you come out of it you’ll feel almost purified, reborn, PURE, CLEAN! sure your vision will be foggy for a while, but definitely try it if you have the chance.

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12) Spend more time in nature

It’s no secret that nature is where we feel the most connection as humans since that’s where we come from, this study proves that spending your time in green environments can greatly reduce stress and help with your overall mood.

13) Start reading a book

Similarly to watching a film, reading that good book you’ve been putting off can give you the same immersion (if not better) than your favorite movie, plus- you’ll be spared obnoxious sound\visual effects that may bother your search of peace.

14) Get yourself a massage

This is a way of relaxation that you think it affects just your body but you’ll be happy to know that massages can relieve just as much tension from your mind as well. The ancients have been using massages as a therapeutic way since the dawn of time. Whether is Chinese, Russian or Thai, you’re sure to leave the room as a relaxed person.

15) Fight it out

This can go hand-in-hand with working out, but fighting has a different kind of feeling to it when it comes to “releasing” bad emotions and stress, you can really duke them out, just be considerate to your sparring partner if you are planning to use one, don’t destroy that poor soul!

16) Sleep

Having a good quick nap or a full night’s restful sleep, is one of the most simple, effective ways you can shut everything off and start fresh once again, ready to tackle whatever is thrown at you.

17) Have a glass

Whether it is whiskey or your preferred alcoholic beverage of choice, as long as it helps your nerves you should go for it. Just don’t overdo it, you don’t need that much to enjoy its calming benefits.

18) Pillow-Scream

This is a fun and super quick way to blow off a lot of steam instantly, especially if you’re overruled by anger and don’t want your neighbors to hear you. Pretty straightforward, grab a big pillow, push your face into it and let it all out!

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19) Jerk Off

Plain and simple. You’d be better off doing passionate sex with your fiancee than with your hand though, but then again, you do what you can! This method is sure to work and as quick as they …come!

20) Sprints

Yeah, this is the 3rd point that involves moving your butt, but then again, there’s a reason why I include movements in this list, it’s one of the quickest ways you can reset your mood, and sprints in particular (or hell even hill sprints!) can quickly make you realize that your problems are nothing when compared to you being gasping for air.

Be sure to be warmed up first, then go for 6 sets of 30 seconds each doing the best you can, repeat again for a total of 12 sets with a short 10 seconds break between sets.

The goal here is to put 101% of your effort when sprinting, you need to be FAST, otherwise it turns into a jog.

You’ll be humbled quickly, both your ego and your problems will seem nothing when you’re done.

21) Music

This study proves that music is an awesome way to get the chance to be laid back and release all of that awful stress you may have, thanks to its frequency and brainwaves that have been shown to release soothing hormones into the body. This is probably one of the most used ways for people to relax, since music is a universal language for “feeling good”.

 

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How To Smash Through Your Mental & Physical Strength Barriers: The Proven Way

Whether we’re talking about physical appliable pure body strength or even the mental kind, the way to attain it remains the same and ALWAYS work. If you don’t see improvements after staying true to “the way” it just means that you’re doing something wrong or you’re not trying hard enough, period.

What’s “the way” though?

Well, now I don’t want to sound like a Mandalorian but let me show you, my personal way to attain colossal strength BWAHAHA

Let’s stop with the jokes and begin with…

Gauging Your Current Limits

Having a set goal, a milestone to which you can refer to when talking about strength, can greatly aid into making the process smoother. That’s why you need to know to what extent you can push your own body & mind without causing any (permanent) damage.

In this way you’ll be able to give it your all, KNOWING that you’re not resting on laurels- and as a byproduct keeping everything challenging almost to the point of exhaustion, both psychological and physical.

Example time.

Physical realm: One of the things you could do here to test your limits is to challenge your body until you’re basically on the brink of collapse. This will trigger a response which consists in muscle growth, but this is not a secret, bodybuilders have been known to do this since the age of time. An example is to be training to failure for hypertrophy.

So no matter where you are in your fitness journey, you’ll SEE progress (i.e. take squats until complete failure)

But this was an example, because by doing this you can’t actually gauge your limits completely, and it’s not an optimal (but still incredibly viable) way to build every aspect of physical strength either. This will need to include a critical thinking factor to understand where you’re at right now.

Let me show you how.

You can’t do even a single pullup? -> Strengthen your back and upper body by doing less demanding exercises WHILE STILL CHALLENGING YOURSELF TO THE UTMOST.

Can’t do even a single pushup? -> Do as many knee pushups as you can, and work your way towards the full version.

Your diet sucks? -> Change it by slowly implementing more healthy foods in your diet if you can’t “handle” all at once.

Can you see the pattern here?

What all these things have in common is one key thing:

They’re problems that can be solved.

And as such, like I’ve shown you, there’s always something you CAN do so you can advance to the next step.

The subtle Art of Fragmentation

So once you’ve recognized where you’re at with your physical strength you will need to formulate a plan, a series of steps you can take to ADAPT to your current limits, in a way that you will eventually be able to reach your next “sets of limits”.

What l want you to apply to this process is the subtle art of “fragmentation” where you basically break down what is needed from you in order to grow stronger into manageable chunks and tasks.

What, do you really think that you will grow stronger overnight because you’re training “just” your upper body? Think again, it is not JUST the upper body that is being trained (arms, shoulders, chest) these are just the major muscles.

Have you forgotten about the smaller, auxiliary muscles that help you through the motions? I figured so, they get stronger as well but you just don’t see it. You take them for granted but they’re actually being developed as well, and without them you wouldn’t be able to perform your exercises to the best.

See? another pattern here.

What I’m saying is that you cannot leave anything to chance, when there are so many details for you to take into consideration. Because it’s not just “YOU” that is getting stronger, it’s ALL OF YOU.

That’s why a scattered approach will not work. Focus on a few things at a time instead:

  • Number of reps you can manage.
  • Correct form.
  • Range of motion.
  • Heavy loads.
  • Flexiblity.
  • Explosiveness.
  • Stamina.

These are just some examples you can tap into to take ideas and inspiration, but you get what I’m saying.

Strength IS NOT LINEAR, there are multiple facets of it, that needs to be trained and analyzed to your specific needs and current limitations. Be smart about it.

Emotional\Psychological Realm: 

Everything I’ve talked about of physical strength can of course be applied to this side of the spectrum as well.

The same repetitive, detail-oriented component works just as fine when you’re talking about mental toughness, as long as you apply it.

Afraid or anxious about (big) social interactions? -> Talk to 1 person a day (outside of your comfort zone) that is SURE to make you anxious, I don’t know, a hot girl for example.

You let your rage take over you easily? -> Be in a position in which you can “taste” small bits of rage without actually getting out of control, almost like poison immunity in which a person is constantly exposed to small amount of toxins so that his body will gradually develop the antibodies needed to contrast the toxin.

The goal here is NOT poisoning yourself during the process though, that’s harmful.

Instead, is to be able to practice in a SAFE environment to the cusp of said limit. You’ll be incredibly uncomfortable, and you’ll take hard blows, but they’ll be lightly softened so you can be ready for the real thing.

And your body and mind will slowly adapt, since humans are ADAPTING MACHINES.

Breaking Your Limits

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This should be the last item on your list, since it’s one of the things you’ll face ONLY in “the end” process, close to mastery of strength.

Unlike some people that depict this in a romantic way: *Put inspirational quote about limits & motivation here* , learning to actually break your limits is real nasty work and it’s usually not what you think it is…but this is a topic for another time.

What you need to know today about this, in a way you can exploit it to your advantage, is that you can use the “limit” excuse, to keep probing and extending your overall emotional\physical strength container. And that is because in this journey you’ll be nowhere near to even be touching your limits.

So you can use this, again, as an excuse to keep that challenge (whether emotional or physical) that I was talking about, always grueling.

You see, limits are 99% of the time self-imposed. So you’re not really “breaking your limits” how it is commonly intended, you’re merely removing shackles you had on.

Breaking limits involves EVOLUTION, not casting away weights that you no longer need, which is just liberation. They’re 2 different paths you’ll eventually take.

There is just SO much to talk about strength, plateaus and how to overcome them, but I hope that with this article you’ve got that faint hint I was trying to subconsciously send to you.

 

If you’d like me to expand more on something specific you’ve seen here or on something similar, or this has helped you in any way, drop me a comment and share this post with your friends.

 

Photo by Shazia Mirza on Unsplash

 

Their Perception of You

Today I’ve stumbled upon a tweet that gave me the idea of sharing this thought with you, it’s not a topic which I discuss much, but it falls in the same category of my topics anyway.

So fuck it.

Have you ever felt that you didn’t care about what others thought, at first, about you?

But suddenly, at some point…you started questioning whether people liked you or not? whether the one who they’re talking about behind your back is you after all?

This happens for a multitude of reasons, in a circle of friends as example, maybe you started to like their company and you’re concerned about how they feel about you.

Maybe you are not the most “open” of individuals when it comes to your feelings and this made you question if you actually made a genuine connection with them.

Or maybe you’re just a damn snitch.

Whatever the case might be, it’s not always their fault like it’s not always yours.

But Perception is something that CAN be manipulated and shaped, when you first start to know someone. The first impression others have of you, after all, is something you can control, and that’s why you should take it into consideration.

The thing is that a lot of people when it comes to their first impression act in two different, distinct ways:

  1. They put on a facade.
  2. They’re actually themselves.

You usually don’t want to go for the first one if you’re trying to build a genuine connection. Because if you’re putting on a Mask and later on can’t be consistent with what you first gave others…that is going to result in people NOT trusting you.

Being yourself instead can go both ways. Either they like you for who you are, or they don’t.

If they know who you are from the start, uncertainties and bad feelings between each other are not AS important.

What if you’re not very direct, and can’t express yourself with people instead? THAT is when problems with their Perception arise.

You’ll be categorized as weird, because you haven’t made your position very clear, and this might tick off a lot of people. Mistaking your lack of social skills\interaction with an “air of superiority”. This can lead to awful social consequences, especially in a group you’re forced to be in (school, work, ecc..).

Perception is set in stone. Once you give off a certain vibe, you can hardly change it later on.

That’s why I believe that the “Don’t Care what others think” mindset is a flawed one. Sure, you shouldn’t concern yourself with their thoughts and you should go your own way, but ignoring COMPLETELY how others perceive you could have disastrous consequences and it’s not very smart.

Navigating a smoothER sea is better than sailing a stormy one, so don’t do yourself a disservice since this could affect your “inner path” as well, not just how others see you.

That’s all. I hope this helped you in some way. If it did, share it with your friends. You’ll be doing me a solid.
Take care.

Vengeance Is Not So Bad After All, Here’s Why!

As I’ve expressed online and in real-life multiple times, I don’t like the idea of letting one do harm to you while stepping on yourself like a CARPET.

And while I think that vengeance can break you if misused, it’s not inherently bad as some might think.

So…

Yeah, I AM VENGEFUL. So what?

You think someone can’t be vengeful and kind at the same time? I’m not fond of the policy that the ones that have hurt you should go on about their life, like they haven’t done anything special.

It’s called “Respecting one’s self”

And for EVERYONE who thinks they’re so righteous and holy: You’re the most flawed of all.

YOU are doing yourself a disservice by letting others step on you like you’re NOTHING.

YOU are the kind of people that make me wanna slap my face (but i won’t don’t worry)

Casting vengeance upon puny assholes that have DARED scratch (because if you’re a G they won’t hurt you even if they tried) Your valuable and amazing life, SHOULD BE considered righteous instead.

And this is not about being “weak minded” or having personality issues, as someone would oh-so-LOVE to tell you.

It’s about NOT BEING A CARPET.