Easy Ways to De-stress
Carrie Demers, MD
November 17, 2016
Here’s a short list of easy ways to blow off steam, relax, and de-stress no matter how little time you have. Tap into these simple, common-sense approaches to bring yourself back into balance whether you are frustrated with a situation at work, facing a problem at home, tired from being on the go all day, or just need to gain some perspective.
This list offers proven techniques for unwinding: humor, playfulness, movement, music, connecting with nature, relaxation exercises, writing, and gratitude. Try a few and let us know which are your favorites—or tell us if you have other ways of managing your stress and nourishing your mind, body, or emotions after a hard day or a tough week.
When you have less than a minute:
- Take 5 or 6 slow, deep, diaphragmatic breaths. Imagine you are exhaling stress and inhaling energy.
- Sit up straight, smile, and think of three things to be grateful for today—really grateful for.
- Spend a moment immersed in a memory of a time when you felt completely relaxed and happy.
- Sip some chamomile tea—it’s been proven to soothe ruffled nerves.
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