Have you had times during your day when you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed? Perhaps the thought runs through your mind, “ I need to take a break!” That is exactly what you should do! When we are stressed we are more likely to speak aggressively or with anger, we have more anxiety and we tend to make poor decisions. When you are in the middle of a stressful situation, taking a few minutes to relax and gather your thoughts can be the best idea. It gives you time to change your perspective and regain control of your emotions.
Here are some great ideas that allow you to reset your brain, reduce your stress hormones and calm your body. This will allow you to de-stress wherever you are.
Take a Walk
Getting up and walking around is one of the best ways to clear your mind and reset your thought processes. Taking a few minutes to get your heart pumping faster increases the oxygen to your brain and other tissues, and activates brain chemicals like dopamine which makes you feel better, relieves stress and improves concentration so you can think better.
Taking a 10-15 minute walk outside or in nature is even better!
Laughter is definitely one of the best and cheapest medicines around.
When we laugh we increase the amount oxygen to our brains and bodies. It stimulates our hearts and our lungs to improve our circulation; causes muscle relaxation which reduces the physical symptoms of stress. It also increases endorphins in our brains which makes us feel good.
There are so many ways you can get a quick laugh, read the comic section of the newspaper, go to youtube and watch a funny video clip or even ask a friend to tell you a joke. For those of you who are really brave, practice laughter therapy, take a deep breath and then just start laughing for no reason at all for a few minutes. Just keep laughing. It might seem silly at first but once you try it you will notice the physical and emotional effects.
Remember laughter is contagious so bring your colleagues, friends or family into the fun. If you find something funny share it and don’t be surprised if you find yourself laughing harder the second time with the person you shared it with.
Stress management is fun. It is way to calm your mind and your body. Give yourself permission to take a few minutes to de-stress; it changes your life!