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20 Ways To Stop Stressing Through Life And Start Smiling Today

Ways To Stop Stressing

20 Ways To Stop Stressing Through Life And Start Smiling Today


1. Confide in a friend.

This is what good friends were put on this earth for. A stress shared, is a stress halved. Friends are the ultimate stress-busters.


2. Hug your family.

Slow your pounding heart by letting their love gently wash over you. A family hug is what families were put on this earth for.


3. Kiss your partner.

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:)


4. Call on your extended family.

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.


5. Journal it away.

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.


6. Color it in.

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.


7. Smell the flowers.

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.


8. See the colors.

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.


9. Drink it in.

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.


11. Hold your breath.

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.


12. Use Your sleep.

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.

13. Stop the world.

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.


14. Calm your words.

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.


15. Ask for help.

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.


16. Say no – and yes.

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.


17. Repeat a stress-busting mantra (out loud).

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’.


18. Do the washing up mindfully.

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.


19. Make your bed.

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.


20. Do proper nothing.

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

Dayo Fawusi
Dayo Fawusi
I am Dayo Fawusi - a UK certified professional life coach, US certified behavior consultant, writer, entrepreneur and a champion in Lean Six Sigma methodology. I am a gentle, optimistic and refined People manager, who looks for balance and harmony everywhere with a great sense of justice. I have a mission to cooperate, to persuade, to mediate, to conciliate, equalize things around me and work for the peace and harmony of the world. I have a deep interest in human performance development and world cultures. I spend most of my time coaching individuals and consulting on strategy, innovation, projects and human resource development. I have consistently in my previous jobs working with multinational and multifunctional groups, demonstrated strong ability to motivate, challenge and inspire individuals and groups to greater participation and dedication. I am skillful in creating vision, managing change and motivating others to achieve excellence in performance. I have great ability to identify patterns, structures and connections within information and quantifiable data.

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