Wondering how to deal with stress? Stress is something we all have to cope with on a regular basis. If you find yourself feeling tense and anxious, here are 40 quick fixes to help boost your mood when you’re under pressure.
1. BREATHE DEEPLY
How to deal with stress quickly? Slow breaths in, slow breaths out. Count to three when you breathe in, and then release for three.
2. BREW SOME GREEN TEA
It contains L-Theanine, which has been proven to reduce stress responses in the body.
3. CLOSE YOUR EYES
Closing your eyes means shutting out the external elements which might be causing you stress, so you can effectively ‘reset’ yourself.
4. TALK TO A FRIEND
Pick up the phone to the person who can lift your spirits.
5. HAVE SOME ME-TIME
Take five minutes just for yourself, even if it isn’t long enough to break out the bath salts and candles.
6. FOCUS ON SOMETHING COMPLEX
Like saying the alphabet backwards. If you can get lost in the concentration, your stress reduces.
7. ADD MANGO TO YOUR DIET
It contains something called linalool, which is known to lower stress.
8. GET SOME SUNSHINE
Catch some rays, it makes you happy!
9. ROLL A BALL UNDER YOUR FEET
A nice distraction technique. Rolling a tennis ball under your feet feels therapeutic and relaxes you.
10. TRY ESSENTIAL OILS
Try rubbing some into your skin. Lavender is particularly good.
11. INCREASE YOUR HEART RATE
Something high intensity for a short period of time can help you focus.
12. MEDITATE MORE
You don’t have to go all-out zen, but try some mindfulness.
13. CHEW SOME GUM
Tasty, and it’s a distraction technique.
14. MAKE YOUR HEAD LOWER THAN YOUR HEART
When your head is lower than your heart, it lessens your fight or flight response.
15. RESET YOUR VISION
Simply stare out of a window and not at a screen.
16. A SPOONFUL OF HONEY
Many researchers think it relieves anxiety, so add a spoonful to your yogurt.
17. PUT IT IN WORDS
Writing down what is stressing you out helps you deal with it.
18. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PLANTS
Surrounding yourself with greenery is proven to lower stress and fatigue.
19. START CREATIVE VISUALISATION
This is a mindfulness exercise which entails focusing on what you want from life or how you want to feel.
20. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH STRESS BALLS
Stress can leave you tense and angry, so quietly take it out on a stress ball.
21. UNCLENCH YOUR JAW
Don’t clench your jaw, instead reach for a handful of nuts or an apple.
22. GO FOR A WALK
It’s free, good for you and lowers anxiety.
23. CHILL OUT WITH MUSIC
Chill out with your favorite track, preferably something slow tempo.
24. TRY SOME BRAIN GAMES
Crosswords, Sudoku, word searches – something to lose yourself in.
25. GIVE YOURSELF A HAND MASSAGE
Massage your favorite hand cream into your hands, rubbing each joint and your palms.
26. SPLASH SOME COLD WATER ON YOUR FACE
Splash some on your face to cool down.
27. TRY ACUPRESSURE
If you’re wondering how to deal with stress, acupressure is well worth a go. No needles involved, simply press the points either side of your neck where the muscles meet the skull – it can help relieve tension.
28. GRAB A CUP OF COFFEE
As long as you don’t go nuts on it, the smell of coffee is quite calming.
29. SPEND TIME WITH SOME ANIMALS
If you have one, give them a squeeze and you’ll start to feel better straight away.
30. HAVE MORE CITRUS FRUITS
Citrus fruits can boost mood, and they’re good for you.
31. TENSE UP AND RELAX
Focus on tensing and relaxing your muscles one by one, starting with your arms and shoulders.
32. MASSAGE YOUR SCALP
Be kind to yourself, with a little massaging of your scalp.
33. STRETCH YOUR BODY
We’re not talking full work-out, just a little stretching at your desk.
34. HAVE A CHANGE OF SCENERY
Get away from the place which is causing you stress, even if it’s only for a few minutes.
35. ORGANIZE YOUR LIFE
Mess increases stress, so take a minute to put some things away.
36. TRY A YOGA POSE
Lie on your back and put your legs against a wall, letting the blood run backward against itself. This yoga pose will make you feel much calmer.
37. FAKE A SMILE
Even if you don’t mean it, smile at yourself in the mirror. It tricks your body into feeling happy.
38. DANCE TO SOME MUSIC
Preferably with no-one watching so you can lose yourself in it…
39. EAT SOME CHOCOLATE
Like we need an excuse, but it releases the ‘happy hormone’ serotonin to calm you.
40. PLAN A VACATION
Seriously. Start looking at dream destinations and flights, there’s nothing better to lift your mood than daydreaming your stress away.