Let’s face it, we all have stress in our lives, some more than others. How we cope with the stress is what is important. So, when the going gets rough, here are a few tips to keep in mind when quick stress relief is needed:
Take a breath. Breathe in and out. Be aware of your breath as it moves through your lungs. When you exhale, focus on the tension leaving your body with each breath.
Go for a walk. If the situation allows, go for a quick walk. A short burst of exercise will get your blood flowing. It will help to bring endorphins and other mood elevators back into your system.
Alter your perspective. When we focus on a stressful situation, it may be difficult to see things differently. Look at yourself in the mirror and try to see your situation the way an outsider may see it. If you have a problem with a friend or colleague, try to visualize their point of view. Often, this will lead to clues for a resolution.
Vent. Use your friends as a sounding board. Stress that is held close or bottled up may contribute to health problems over the long term. Calling a friend will alleviate stress and may offer the fresh perspective you need.
Touch. Contact with other people or pets is valuable for people who are stressed. Touch can be reassuring and comforting. Whether it is a hug from a friend or a few minutes petting a furry friend, touch lowers blood pressure and reduces other physical manifestations of stress.
Go to your happy place and laugh! Thinking happy thoughts actually can reduce stress. Focusing on the positive in any situation changes your overall outlook. Laughter increases endorphins, regulates breathing and provides a physical release to help reduce tension.