Stress is something that is in everyone’s life. Whether it is small like a hangnail, or large like an impending work deadline de-stressing and taking time for yourself is important. Most people believe that by completing tasks and tying up loose ends their stress levels decrease. While this is true, stress will never be eliminated and there are steps you can take to be more relaxed.
1. A little flirting, or a little attention.
We would all be lying if we said we didn’t love a little attention, especially from someone who you may be attracted to. Feeling sexy, and feeling good about yourself is absolutely a way to lower your stress level.
2. Wake up earlier.
As much as this doesn’t seem like the greatest option, or the most fun the earlier you wake the more time you have to accomplish tasks and the more time you have for yourself! Everyone should take at least 10 minutes a day to just sit, relax, and reflect. Stop worrying about what you have to do, and what you’ll cook for your dinner party Friday and how your kids are getting to soccer practice Saturday. These 10 minutes should be reserved just for you to breathe! This brings me to my next point…
3. Practice deep breathing.
This might sound silly, but a lot of calming down your mood and worries has to do with your breathing. Take a minute to inhale some deep breaths. This will help slow your heart rate down and help you focus. We all need a break, especially during long work hours. When you are feeling overwhelmed and under appreciated try this trick you might find that you can refocus and have a new outlook on a project you didn’t think of before.
4. Laugh it out.
You may have heard that saying, “laughter is the best medicine.” This is true. Laughing feels great! We all can remember at least once where we laughed so hard we cried and it’s a great memory!!
5. Write it down.
Writing something down and getting your feelings out can be extremely cathartic. You know those people who get so stressed out, then freak out and yell in someone’s face? Yeah, they should have a diary. Writing out your feelings is similar to yelling. You can get all of it out on paper, then read it and rip it up. It feels good to get everything you want to say off your chest, doesn’t it?
6. Exercise is away.
Exercise produces endorphins, which trigger the sense in your brain that tells you “HEY, YOU’RE HAPPY!!” Who doesn’t want to feel happy? This is another way to let go of your anger, stress and extra feelings. Use a punching bag or take it out on the road and run a few miles. Whatever exercise you enjoy the most, do that! This could be the most proven way to decrease your stress levels!
How do you release your stress? Maybe a stress ball?