Stress. Everyone experiences it and everyone tries their hardest to avoid it. But no matter how hard we try, it can strike at any time. The best way to combat stress is figure out the most effective way to handle it. In our faced-paced society it's easy to feel that there's just not enough time in the day to relax. Not true! Everyone can find 5 minutes in their day and that is enough time to get a handle on your stress levels. Here how:
Breathe deeply in and out. Breathe in through your nose and feel your belly push out as it fills with air. Hold for a second or two, then slowly breath out through your mouth, feeling your belly press against your spine as the air empties. The slower you exhale, the more relaxed you will feel. Not only will this help to relax your mind, it will lower your heart rate and release bodily tension. I like to roll my shoulders while I take deep breaths because I hold my stress in my shoulders. Pay attention to where your body feels tense and feel the tension release with each breath.
Take a quick walk outside. Breathing in fresh air is an easy way to relieve your stress. Getting up and moving around will help refocus your mind and break up your day. I always feel more peaceful and relaxed when I'm outdoors. There is just something about the natural sunlight and the landscape of nature that puts my mind at ease.
Write it down. When you feel flooded with stressful thoughts, try writing down what's on your mind. This can be as simple as a few sentences or a quick to do list. It's easy to feel overwhelmed when thoughts are bouncing around in your mind or if you're obsessing about the endless list of things that need to be done. Releasing those thoughts from your mind will help you feel grounded, organized and in control.
Distract yourself. Call a friend, count to ten, google a 5 minute meditation video on YouTube, stretch, listen to your favorite song... Creating ways to distract yourself from whats causing stress is the quickest way to eliminate it. Give your mind a quick break to reset and refresh. One trick I've learned is to set a timer on my phone for the most stressful time of my day. When it goes off, this reminds me to take a 5 minute break and it really helps!
Try these tips out, and see which one works best for you.. If you'd like more information about how our mental health services help with reducing stress or anxiety, give us a call today at (813) 340-6955.