It’s Monday morning and you’re late for work. In hopes to be on time, you take an alternative route to work but still find the traffic pretty crazy. People are honking their cars in frustration and impatience and all you want to do is get out of all this craziness ASAP.
When you finally get out of traffic and get to work (where you are just barely on time), your boss tells you a change in plans for the day and you end up having to do work that you have had remotely no training for and nobody is there to help you.
By the time you get home, you come to realize that the salad you had planned on having for dinner had gone bad in the fridge and that you now have to make another trip to the grocery store.
After you’ve had dinner, you now have some time to relax but the only thing you seem to have the energy to do is watch some TV in hopes that it will relax you a bit. But, ironically, it doesn’t — because come bed time, you find yourself unable to wind down enough to fall asleep.
When our lives are all filled with all kinds of hustle and bustle it’s easy for us to get all stressed out. We can find ourselves experiencing all kinds of fun symptoms of stress like insomnia, low energy, headaches, an upset stomach, acne, muscle aches and pains, or constantly having some kind of cold, flu or sickness.
We can all certainly agree that none of those symptoms are good or fun to have. We definitely don’t want to find ourselves tired and sick all day every day for weeks or months on end. However, unfortunately, this is how many of us are living our lives. We ignore our body’s signs to slow down and take care of ourselves and continue to focus on all the “go-go-go” and “do-do-do” all the things that we apparently “need” to do.
It’s a self-defeating cycle that many of us habitually fall into without really even knowing it until we have a headache and can’t sleep. We get caught up in our self-defeating cycle of stress and we’re not sure what to do to get out of it.
Fortunately, there are little tools that we can add to our daily routine to help us avoid falling into this self-defeating cycle of stress. Here are 5 ways to de-stress fast and quickly:
Take a breather.
Our breath is extremely powerful and important. When we are stressed, we often respond by taking faster and more shallow breaths. To throughout your day, stop and take a few really big deep breaths while focusing heavily on dragging out the exhale. It will get you relaxed in no-time — trust me!
Take some time to meditate at least once a day, but, preferably, twice a day with one in the morning and one in the late afternoon. You don’t have to do any particular kind of meditation in order to reap the benefits. If you want to do a mantra by saying to yourself something like “so hum” to each inhale and exhale, then go for it. If you like to do visualizations then go do that. If you want to focus on counting each of your exhales, then do that. If you simply just want to focus on your breath — then go for it!
The truth is, meditate in any way that you feel works best for you because either way meditation is still going to be a very powerful tool at combating stress in your life.
When we’re stressed out taking some time to simply move our bodies can certainly help us become better managers of stress. Doing some kind of exercise allows us to release any tensions that we are holding in our bodies and help us clear our minds.
This may be a walk during your lunch break, an early morning yoga session, or a mile long run after work. Whatever type of exercise it is — it is still going to help you!
Put good things in your body.
When we’re stressed, we often find ourselves wanting two things: We want our food and drinks fast and we want something that’s going to give us a “pick me up”. For many of us, this could look like a quick trip through a drive thru for a burger and a french vanilla cappuccino.
Unfortunately, though, neither of these things are really giving us what our body truly wants: water and some fruits and vegetables. So be sure to pack a bottle of water and an apple instead of just sipping on your coffee and munching on a nutri-grain bar. Give yourself some real food. If you really pay attention to your body when you eat something natural, real, and whole you will definitely notice a shift the second you do!
Be alone with yourself.
When we’re busy with doing this and that and we’re around all kinds of people, it’s easy to not only be stressed out over our own stuff but be caught up in their own stress and frustrations as well!
For this reason, it’s incredibly important and very beneficial to take some time every day to simply just be alone with yourself to give yourself the opportunity to get re-centered over what it is that you feel and what you are experiencing throughout your day.
Take action now!
From the list above, choose at least one of the ways to de-stress and go do it right now! After you’ve done the task, share in the comments below your experience. How has doing this benefited you? How do you feel now that you’ve done it? Share your thoughts in the comments below!