Stress sucks! It happens to the best of us, but there are tricks you can have up your sleeve to help you get back to being your authentic self. Here are some quick stress stoppers you can use daily.
#1: Make a List
Whatever you’re stressing about, making a list will help you get in the right frame of mind about it. If you were worrying about all the things you have to get done for the day, a simple to-do list will put everything on paper and get it out of your head. That way you can think about something else, or at least think about the same thing but in a different way.
When you make your list, do it on paper and not on your computer or smartphone. There’s something therapeutic about writing down your list on paper with a pen or pencil, rather than typing it with your keyboard or thumbs.
#2: Take a Smartphone Break
We turn to our smartphones a lot throughout the day for both business and personal use. One way to reduce stress in your life is to put your smartphone down for a bit. It doesn’t have to be long, even 20 minutes will help re-establish the sense that you aren’t physically connected to your phone.
#3: Laugh Out Loud
It doesn’t really matter how you do it, whether from watching a quick clip on YouTube or calling a friend with a great sense of humor. Whatever you do, do something to make yourself laugh out loud, literally. It’s hard to feel stressed and belly laugh at the same time.
#4: Try Alternate Nostril Breathing
One stress buster borrowed from the world of Ayurvedic healing is alternate nostril breathing. This involves covering one nostril and breathing through the other nostril in a sequence. It may sound silly, but if you try it you’ll see that what was stressing you out before is no longer as concerning as it was.
#5: Use the 20-20-20 Exercise
Eye strain can contribute to feelings of fatigue and stress if left unchecked. The 20-20-20 rule states that you should take a break from your computer monitor every 20 minutes and look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This relaxes the eyes, and in turn helps the rest of the body relax as well.
#6: Play Your Favorite Tunes
Putting on your favorite music is often all it takes to snap out of a stressful state of mind. Have a playlist ready on your phone and bring it up every time you start to feel the tinglings of stress start to manifest. Switch up your song list from time to time if it starts to get repetitive.
#7: Keep a Journal
Many of us often consider starting a journal, but then never get around to it. If you are stressing out one way to calm down is to write about the way you’re feeling. It may sound cheesy, but try it and you’ll see, it works!
#8: Find a Nearby Park
It doesn’t take long for nature to do its thing and make you feel great. No matter where you are you can pull up a map and find the nearest green space to go relax for a few minutes. Ten minutes strolling through a park works wonders, and you’ll come out the other side with a fresher and clearer mind.