12 Quick and Easy Stress Relievers

By Martina McGowan

You feel stressed and overworked and overly tired. A 10-day trip abroad may be just what the doctor ordered. Unfortunately, you are out of vacation time, and your savings account is running a little light. Fortunately, you can de-stress yourself quickly and effectively, and not spend a great deal of money.

Stress is not only damaging to your mental and emotional states. It is harmful to your health, as well. Avoid pushing yourself through every discomfort that comes your way. Address pressures head-on. Learning to decrease your own stress levels, effectively. This is a skill that can be applied throughout our lives.

Learning to Let Go…

1. Drink more black tea.

  • Black tea has been shown to lower cortisol levels and increase feelings of relaxation.

2. Get spiritual.

  • Studies have shown that people who attend religious services regularly often report doing so for the stress relief it provides.

3. Get Physical.

  • Use up some of that excess energy and enjoy the post-exercise endorphin rush.

4. Embark on a distraction, for a few moments.

  • It probably will not solve your troubles, but surfing the internet or calling a friend for a few minutes can provide a little relief.
  • Keep track of the time so you do not get behind schedule.

5. Breathe.

  • Deep breathing can temporarily lower blood pressure and increase your sense of well-being.

6. Shut your eyes.

  • With your eyes closed, it is easy to allow your imagination to wander to a happier place.
  • Give yourself a needed break by imagining yourself at the beach or in another peaceful setting.

7. Learn Muscle relaxation techniques.

  • Relax your muscles one at a time.
  • Take a moment to flex and relax each muscle individually.
  • Start at one end of your body and move to the other.

8. Go for a short walk.

  • A walk removes you from your stressful environment.
  • You can clear your head and get a little exercise at the same time.
  • Make an evening walk part of your regular routine.
  • A walk during your lunch hour can be helpful, too.
  • Try a walking meditation.

9. Unplug.

  • Leave the TV off.
  • Put your phone on silent and stick it in the drawer.
  • Keep your laptop closed.
  • Spend an evening without any electronic devices.
  • Consider an evening spent with a good book and a glass of wine.
  • A little warmth and glow from a fireplace, if possible, would not hurt either.

10. Get some extra rest.

  • Limit your caffeine late in the afternoon and head to bed an hour early.
  • Ensure that you will not be disturbed.
  • Turn your alarm clock around so you cannot see the time.
  • A midday nap can also be a great way to reduce stress.
  • If you are fortunate enough to have the option of sleeping for 30 minutes in the middle of the day, consider yourself lucky.

11. Chew gum.

  • Studies have shown that chewing gum reduces the levels of chemicals associated with stress.
  • It might reduce your appetite, too.
  • Blowing bubbles is optional, but can add to the enjoyment.

12. Engage in positive self-talk.