Stress is everywhere these days especially with the holidays coming up. Keep yourself in check with any combo of these 5 very easy, and fast stress relievers that you can do anytime, anywhere to keep yourself on track!
1. The 7-6-8 breath
This is my favorite and most effective when you need an immediate fix. Close your eyes. Take a very deep breath from your nose counting slowly in for seven seconds. Hold the breath in for six seconds. Stay relaxed as you hold your breath. Then release the breath from your mouth for eight seconds. Take another regular breath then repeat three times. As you breathe, concentrate on your counting and the air coming into your lungs and escaping from your mouth.
2. The Mini-Vacation
Find yourself a quiet spot. Close your eyes. For a moment, no matter what the circumstances in your life are, immediately picture yourself in your dream vacation spot. Stay there for a minute or two and soak it in. Before you leave your vacation spot, make sure to tell yourself that whenever you need to, you will come back and visit.
When things are not going your way and you are frustrated that everything seems to be going wrong, it is more than likely negative thoughts are plaguing your brain. As these negative thoughts continue to multiply, it creates a domino effect in our minds, and pretty soon, everything is negative. If your mind is cluttered with negativity, take a piece of paper and write down 5 things that you are thankful for. However small they may be. Mentally (and physically) hang onto this list and try to add to it throughout the day. Whenever anything happens that you are thankful for, add it to the list. Before you know it, you’ll be thinking more positively and much less stressed.
Think of the funniest joke you have ever heard. Tell it to yourself, out loud. Picture a funny situation in your head. Think of a picture that made you laugh. Laugh for as long as you can think of funny things. Laughter is scientifically proven to improve mood. So do it.
5. Do Something Mindless
Take a break from what you are doing and find a menial task that you’ve been putting off (shredding papers, alphabetizing your books, organizing your shoe rack) or play a game that requires little brain power (bejeweled is my favorite, but solitaire works great too). Take your mind off your stress and put it in a place where you won’t be dwelling on what is currently bothering you. This is not a good long term solution, but it does work in short doses when you have something you just can’t stop thinking about.
Remember to take care of yourself!