There is so much information about how stress hurts your health, yet when you are face to face with a stressful situation, it can be hard to overcome it, no matter what the research says. Also, for those who have to work in stressful jobs, simply avoiding the stress is not an option. So what is one to do?
The first thing to do in a stressful situation is to take some deep breaths and to take a step back from your situation. Analyze the situation or task with logic, instead of emotions. While you cannot necessarily avoid stressful situations, you can trick your body into thinking it is not stressed. So instead of letting a stressful situation consume you, inhale and exhale deeply while keeping a calm mind. Next, you can blow off a little steam with these free stress-busting ideas. When appropriate, try them at work or on your lunch break. Remember that even though you work a full day, that doesn’t mean you can’t take mini breaks to keep from stress building up.
- Blow bubbles. It may seem juvenile, but blowing bubbles can help you relax. It helps you exhale a little more than you usually do while putting your focus on something else. Next time you need to release some extra tension, keep a small bubble container in your purse and find yourself a spot outside to spend a few minutes to yourself. Tell the boss you just need to a few minutes to de-stress. Hopefully they will not mind.
- Write it down. This is the easiest way to release some of your stress in the office setting. When your boss comes at you with unpleasant news or you are feeling anxious in a meeting, just pull out a pad of paper and a pen. You can write down your thoughts, write a to-do list, or just doodle. The act of putting pen to paper can be relaxing in itself. Plus, it can look like you are taking notes in an important meeting. Just be sure to shred anything you don’t want seen.
- Escape with a book. When you get home from work, make some time for yourself. A great way to shake off the stress from work and to help you wind down is with a good book. A god book will help you get lost in the pages, making work stress the last thing on your mind. Whatever you do, don’t bring actual work home. It will only make your home life and family stressed out too.
- Crank up the music. If stress is a regular thing in your life, then make a stress-busting playlist that you can play on your lunch break or on your way home from work. You can even play your favorite tunes when you get home and have an impromptu dance party to dance away the stress of the day. Just a few minutes of your favorite beats and dancing up a sweat will have you feel like new.
Stress is not a fun thing to face, but it happens to the best of us. Another important tip is to avoid caffeine and fatty foods if you are prone to stress, they will only make the situations worse. Instead of letting it get you down, fight stress back by changing your mindset. Combating the feelings of stress and anxiety when they first start to creep up will help prevent stress from ruining your health.
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.
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