This is what good friends were put on this earth for. A stress shared, is a stress halved. Friends are the ultimate stress-busters.
Slow your pounding heart by letting their love gently wash over you. A family hug is what families were put on this earth for.
Soothe your fried nerves with the calming sensation of a loving kiss. Combine this with a hug and some confiding and your good to go:)
As an added stress diffuser, or if your single and friends and family aren’t around turn to your pet. Gently release the tension in your muscles with each loving stroke of your beloved furry member of the family.
Sometimes you can stop stressing with some ‘me’ time. Settle down with your journal and open the gate on your stressful negative thoughts by letting them flow out onto the page.
While your in a creative mood, adult coloring books rock:) lose yourself in the harmony of colors and the form of the pattern or picture. Let your brain rest with this beautifully structured, no-need-to-think activity.
Settle your agitated nerves with the naturally sedative effects of aromatic plant extracts such as lavender or bergamot. Rosemary can also work as a relaxant and mood booster.
Restore your natural harmony with colors that have a positive impact on your stress level: green calms anxiety like nature, blue calms like the ocean and the sky, or try different purples like violet to bring a sense of peace.
10. Curb stress before it builds up a head of steam by drinking black tea, scientifically shown to reduce stress. Accompany it with some dark chocolate. Lift yourself from a low mood with this delicious treat which increases the natural boosters of serotonin and endorphin.
Quell rising panic by closing your eyes and breathing in slowly and deeply. Now hold your breath and picture your diaphragm acting as an impregnable dam keeping panic from spilling over. Breathe out slowly and gently push anxiety down with your diaphragm.
Restore your exhausted nerves with the peace of restful sleep. It’s particularly critical when you’re stressed as tiredness adds to anxiety and tension. Try a warm bath or warm drink and a screen-free hour before snuggling under your softest sheets.
Gain greater control over anxious thoughts with the powerful benefits of meditation. Be comforted every day that you’re mastering how to break negative patterns and make positive choices through increased mindfulness and self-awareness.
Regain your composure when anxiety ties your tongue in knots by smiling. This conscious act, focuses your thoughts on your mouth, not your words. And naturally boosts your mood and confidence.
Whether at home or work don’t make the mistake of thinking you can do it all. We all get stressed, it’s nothing to be ashamed of. At work ask a co-worker or your supervisor for help.
Tame your rollercoaster emotions by consciously saying ‘No’ to stress and ‘Yes’ to calm. By gently turning down additional tasks, responsibilities and events you’ll create restorative time and space where stress fails to flourish.
Interrupt your cycle of stressful thoughts with a positive repeated phrase such as ‘I am taking back control of my peace of mind’ or ‘I am gently moving away from stress and back to calm’.
Wash away stressful worries by scrubbing the dishes instead of loading up the dishwasher. Pull the plug and picture your anxiety swirling away down the drain. It’s a proven stress-buster.
Or do the ironing. – find relief from the chaos of your anxious thoughts by turning a basket of wrinkled clothes into neat stacks of perfectly pressed order.
Counter those feelings of not being in control early on by creating instant order – make your bed immediately on getting up.
And if you find stress or anxiety sneaking in, put yourself back in charge. Any time you feel lost or not in control in the day, declutter and ordering the contents of your desk or handbag. Like making your bed, it’s only a small thing but can work wonders.
Take a 5 minute break and simply sit and stare into space…
Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering. ~–Winnie the Pooh