Life transitions are exciting, but also scary. And they bring up those feelings of WTF am I doing with myself and am I making all the right choices? One second you’re looking forward to your future and all of the exciting things to come, and the next second you’re stressing over money, finishing school, finding a job, cleaning the house, making dinner, finishing the laundry, and needing a vacation all at once. The big stresses boil up until even little things, like who finished the last glass of wine, gets so deep under your skin that you become a psycho-wife. Wait, is that just me?
Anyway, we all have stress in our lives, from one thing or another. And we all need it to just go away. Here are 25 simple stress reducers that at least help me to not be a crazy person 24/7.
- Take a deep breath
- Do a few sun salutations
- Meditate for 5 minutes
- Light incense
- Listen to some music
- Call your mom
- Make a cup of tea
- Massage your own hands by using the thumb of one hand to press into the palm of the other
- Cook something
- Go outside
- If you can’t get outside open all of the windows and just breathe in fresh air
- Keep a gratitude journal, to remind yourself of the positive things
- Take a long, hot shower
- Focus on “just one thing” on your to-do list and remove the pressure of needing everything done right now
- Read a book
- Press your palms together and hold for ten seconds
- Hug yourself
- Tense, then release, all of your muscle groups (this is called Progressive Muscle Relaxation)
- Shake – literally just shake the nerves out
- Re-ground yourself by finding 5 things you can see, 4 things you can touch, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell, and 1 thing you can taste.
- Close your eyes
- Stay mindful – embracing how you’re feeling is more effective than fighting it
So even though it’s the last thing on the list, mindfulness is probably the most important tip for stress reduction. Accepting the negative thoughts empowers you to be in control of your situation. When you stop ignoring our fighting the stress, you have the power to take action and do something to change it. Just a simple change in perspective is the most powerful tool. Take up a mantra, like “I choose to see today for what it is” and recognize that it does suck, but tomorrow, or even in a few minutes, you might not feel that way anymore.
Share your tips for stress relief below…