“Worrying doesn’t take away tomorrow’s troubles; it takes away today’s peace.”
Feeling stressed is something so common in this world. I have found that reading articles about how to de-stress always help me and give me new ideas on how I can de-stress. So I decided to make my own in hopes that it will help you as well! Here are 4 ways on how to de-stress at any moment…
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1. BREATHE DEEPLY
Deep breathing is something so simple but yet critical for your well-being. If you ever find yourself stressed, you will realize you are taking very shallow breaths. When you become aware of that, take the time to stop and take slow deep breaths for at least 3 to 5 minutes. The great thing about it is that you can do it wherever you are.
If you are REALLY stressed, it might be better to take some time out of your day and just close your eyes and take deep breaths for as long as you need. It will help you feel calmer and regain your composure.
2. RELAXING MUSIC
Relaxing music can also be an excellent way to calm you down. Listening to relaxing music will help you feel less fatigued, less stressed, less anxious and can make you more productive and creative. You can listen to relaxing music while you shower, while you’re in traffic, while you work(if you can), and when you just need to relax and calm your mind.
3. WALK IN NATURE
This is something my husband and I love doing almost every day. Walking in nature has many benefits not just reducing stress, but it lifts up your mood, you breathe in the fresh, clean air, it improves brain function, and it increases blood circulation in the body. It helps you to unwind and de-clutter your mind.
You can either take a walk, jog, hike, whatever you’d prefer and find more enjoyable! 🙂
4. BE AWARE OF YOUR THOUGHTS
Stress always starts with your thoughts. So be conscious of your thoughts and how you feel, that’s the only way to stop stress before it gets out of control.
I always remind myself that stressing or worrying is not going to make any problem or challenge go away. So when you start feeling stressed, remember you have the power to choose if you will let it control you, or if you will control it.
A book that has helped me and that I recommend is Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff by Richard Carlson. This book was truly life changing and can help you not stress out over life problems that we cannot control.
There are plenty of other ways to de-stress that I didn’t mention like laughter, spending time with friends and family, starting a hobby, aromatherapy, taking a bath, reading, etc. What’s important is to do what works for you and not forget to pay attention to your thoughts and how you feel so you can take the time to do things that will help you de-stress.