Stress and depression are the second most deadly challenges faced by the medical field nowadays. Our fast-paced life is increasing the stress in our lives and this can be disastrous if it is not treated on a timely basis. It is not always necessary to spend too much money or take strong medications for stress relief. Simple stress relieving games can make you feel so much better and give you effective stress relief as well.

By simply playing cards, playing catch with your friend, doing a puzzle or a crossword can help relax to a great extent. There are many sites on the Internet that provide really good stress relief games. They say that squishing ants is a good stress reliever. So, one of the sites has a game where you can squish ants all day long. There are also other types of stress relief games that are known as group stress relief games such as charades, softball, croquet, pictionary and board games. For those who want to be alone, there are many stress relief games to suit their needs such as solitaire, crosswords, online puzzles etc.

Stress relief games can also be either indoor or outdoor games. Outdoor games like tennis, golf, soccer are terrific stress busters and great to maintain fitness levels. Chess, Rubik's Cube, darts, crossword puzzles, computer games, mobile phone games are the indoor stress relief games. Online computer games are available on many sites in demo, free or paid versions. Some of the popular online stress relief games are arcade games, Diner Dash, Super Word Power, Sudoku, Boogle, Minesweeper, Hearts, FreeCell and plenty more.

The logic behind stress relief games is to make use of concentrative meditation. In concentrative meditation, taking your mind of the cause of stress and focusing on any object, sound, image or thoughts helps relax your mind. Similarly, playing an appropriate stress relief game makes a person forget the his/her tensions and frustrations. This relaxes the mind and helps generate endorphins i.e. “Happy Hormones”, which elevate our mood. Outdoor games like tennis, soccer etc. cause the release of stress-relief hormones called serotonin. This combats the stress hormones, cortisol. Adrenalin is also released when you exercise or play which keeps us in a good mood. The combined efforts of the serotonin and the adrenalin exhaust the stores of cortisol making and keeping you stress-free for a long time.

As is always said, a little bit of stress keeps the mind alert and prepares us for action. But, too much stress causes harm to the body, physically as well as mentally. Excess stress weakens the immune system and hence you become more susceptible to illnesses and diseases.

All people are stressed when they are in a group and also sometimes when they have to perform an activity together. Here are some simple games that can help in breaking down the natural barriers that exist as groups begin to form. One of the popular stress relief games is asking the group to sit in a circle. Then the leader of the group starts by asking a question to the next person like “If you were an animal who would you want to be?” After the person answers, he or she asks the person sitting to his right a similar question. This is a good way to relieve the stress that prevails in the group.

Many other stress relief games can help people to cooperate in a group or help then relieve stress when they are alone. Stress can make or break your life. Do not let too much of it get in your way and try not too take failures to seriously.

Stress is a psychological and physiological response to the events that upset our personal balance to certain extent. When you are facing a tough time in your life, physically as well as emotionally, the body's defenses kick into high gear in an automatic, rapid process called as “fight-or-flight” response. You can find stress relief by a number of ways.

We all face different obstacles, challenges and this creates pressure which becomes difficult to handle. Some of the signs of stress are when you feel tensed, when you're not sure of satisfying others needs, or when you feel overwhelmed.

 Stress keeps you on toes when you plan to appear for tests or presentations as well as crucial meetings.  Stress can be helpful to a certain extent. Stress can motivate us to a great extent to help us achieving our goals by undue motivation. You tend to experience emotional as well as physical stress when you are unable to cope with rapid alterations in life.

The indications of stress vary from person to person. Stress affects a person’s body, mind and behavior in different ways. If you are stressed out, this condition can sometimes cause constipation, dizziness, disorientation, short attention spans as well as high levels of irritability accompanied with fits of anger.

Effective stress relief results in enhancement of both mental and physical well-being. Exercise and practice of relaxation are some of the stress relief techniques. You can also practice controlled breathing exercises when you fell your stress levels are soaring high.

Stress relief methods that focus on Naturopathy can sometimes prove to be very helpful.  Various therapeutic methods of Naturopathy are found to reduce the effects of stress that includes depression, chronic lethargy, unfocused anxiety, hypertension,  neuro-hormonal balances and so on. Also, natural elements like aromas of plants, herbs and flowers, their colors can also help minimize stress drastically.

Relaxation techniques like progressive muscle relaxation, visualization, meditation, deep breathing, and yoga can truly give you instant stress relief. When practiced on daily basis, these activities will lead to effective stress relief.

Taking a relaxing and long bath is probably one of the best things you can do for stress relief. You can have candles, music and a glass of your favorite drink : hot chocolate, beer, wine, tea, coffee or even a champagne. This will increase your levels of calmness and the calmer you feel, the less likely you will be to get stressed out. This can be a luxurious way to find stress relief.

 - You can also find stress relief by indulging yourself into massage. You can always enjoy your massage with your partner with an ambiance that includes candles, soft music, dim lights, oils, towels. Lavender oil is particularly relaxing.

 - You can also have a massage from a professional masseur or masseuse. It is an excellent way to obtain stress relief but be warned, it is very addictive!!
 - You can also scoot off for some peace for a day or two by spending a weekend along with family and friends.
 - You can also find stress relief by penning down your thoughts in a book or a journal. When you face pressure or when it becomes difficult to cope up with certain situations, obtaining solutions for problems can be difficult. Also, distance from problem can bring clarity.

The above stress relief tips are very easy to implement and are also very effective in relieving stress, anxiety and depression to certain extent. Try few simple techniques and watch your mood elevate in no time at all.