Five Easy Ways to Bust Your Stress Today!

Five Easy Ways to Bust Your Stress Today!

Five Easy Ways to Bust Your Stress Today!

Wouldn't it be nice to enjoy a nice relaxing, peaceful day with zero stress?? We think it may be possible! But you do have to do a little bit of work first. Here is a list of stressbusters to help you keep your stress at bay:

Unplug. Studies have shown that texts, news alerts, social media... everything we are connected to 24/7 makes us more stressed and anxious than ever before. Set aside some time each night to enjoy the presence of your family, pets or quiet time, and leave the electronics on the table.

Laugh. Spend some time with someone who always makes you laugh. Laughter can lift your spirits AND decrease your stress. Remember, your social connections can increase longevity!

Meditate. Meditation is hard, but it works! There are numerous proven health benefits to meditating, like reduced blood pressure, lessened anxiety and more. Try this minute meditation to start:

  • Breathe in for 5 seconds
  • Hold your breath for 5 seconds
  • Exhale for 5 seconds
  • Hold for 5 seconds
  • Repeat! Try it for at least one minute but longer if you have time!

Exercise! What else ends up on all the self-help lists but exercise? You don’t have to haul tractor tires around or perform 200 squats. Just lace up your sneakers and go for a walk. You will feel better afterwards!

Rediscover a hobby. Nothing takes the edge of off a stressful day like doing something you enjoy. Listen to music, color, draw, sew... whatever your favorite hobby may be… these calming times are the perfect anti-dote to stress.

What stressbusters do you turn to?

Originally published December 22, 2015