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De-stress your holiday by taking paid surveys
According to the American Psychological Association, stress levels in adults rise almost 40 percent during the holiday season. Nabbing stress-free alone time is absolutely essential over these anxiety-ridden winter months. Of course, you might need a few tangible de-stressors. Opinion Outpost can help. Just fill out a few paid surveys online and you will be on your way to a more relaxing holiday. Once your budget is up to par, look over the stress-busting solutions below.
Make like a kid and color
Adult coloring books are one of the latest fads, reported The New Yorker. Marketing experts attribute this trend to coloring's supposed therapeutic powers. And, according to therapists, the action of coloring may actually improve your mental health. "[Coloring] brings out our imagination and takes us back to our childhood, a period in which we most certainly had a lot less stress," psychologist Gloria Martinez Ayala said in an interview with The Huffington Post. If you're looking to join the movement, check out Buzzfeed's list of the top adult coloring books. Also, pick up some equally therapeutic writing tools. The utensils included in this color pencil set are labeled with emotions instead of colors, reported Mental Floss.
Bring in the green
According to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University, house plants can calm humans, and improve concentration and memory. Our photosynthesizing counterparts also purify the air. NASA even published its own list of atmosphere-scrubbing flora, reported Life Hacker. The Huffington Post advised prospective plant buyers to purchase a cactus - those spiny shrubs can literally heal the holiday baking burns your stressing over - or nab an English ivy.
Call in a canine or feline friend
Studies show that small pets help humans overcome stressful situations, reported Harvard Medical School. Four-legged mammals are often deployed in particularly pressure-packed places. According to National Public Radio, some airports have pet therapy programs. Offices and schools also bring in animals to de-stress their occupants. So when you're feeling overwhelmed or overworked, take the family dog for a walk or reserve a few moments for human-feline bonding. Don't have a pet? You can rent one, reported The Wall Street Journal. If your landlord doesn't allow furry friends, connect with a variety of animals online using Explore's webcam service. The nonprofit media company hosts hundreds of live feeds featuring everything from lab puppies to wild water buffalo.
Switch on that smartphone
Electronic devices are often sources of stress - especially ones that enable open communication between you and your family members. However, that iPhone might soon be your savior this holiday season. The stress-relief app Pause allows you to control a shapeless, slow-moving blob that resembles an ink spot. As you move the object around the screen, it increases in volume. Pause is based on a concept called attention restoration theory, reported Wired. According to this concept, our stress levels fall and focus sharpens when we partake in activities that require little mental effort.
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