De-Stress In 60 Seconds
September 13, 2007
Learn how to stop burnout in its tracks with the following instant calming tricks for a lower- temperature life.
1) Get A Grip: When we are stressed we think that our situation is far worse than it actually is. This makes us even more anxious. Restore your sense of perspective by thinking of your calmest, most sensible friend and asking how they would respond in the same situation.
3) Stroke A Pet: Research has found petting your dog, cat or rabbit reduces stress and lowers blood pressure. It also boosts mental and physical health.
5) Stretch And Flex: When we are under pressure our body produces stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. Physical movement helps burn them off. Try this simple exercise, stand up and gently stretch to your fullest possible extent. Shake your hands and arms briskly, then shrug your shoulders. If possible, shout as loudly as you can, otherwise scream silently by opening your mouth wide and forcing out air.
7) Breathe Easy: When we are stressed, we take shallow breaths from the chest, instead of breathing properly from the stomach. Breathing from the stomach allows 30 percent more oxygen into your lungs. Thus helping to relax the body.
9) Have A Warble: Belting out the chorus of your favorite song at full whack releases stress. Singing a tune you love at the top of your voice provides enough positive stimulation to help override your negative stress response.
11) Put It On Paper: If your “To Do” list is spiraling out of control, scribble down a plan of action. Prioritize all your tasks into three groups- First: What’s urgent, Second: What’s important, Third: What can wait. It will help make that mountain of tasks seem less insurmountable.
13) Laugh It Off: Research shows laughter relieves stress, lowers blood pressure and boosts our immune system. Look in the mirror and simply begin to chuckle at yourself.