Want to beat your stress? You could exercise, meditate, or do yoga.
But if you’re in the middle of a busy workday or if you have young, demanding toddlers around, you might find it impossible to carve out even 30 minutes to meditate or do yoga. Sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day.
1. Take Five Deep Breaths
Breathe deeply in and out five times and allow yourself to feel good and relaxed while you’re doing it. This can reset your nervous system and bring more oxygen into your bloodstream to deliver to your brain. Breathe in as deeply as you physically can, hold it for a few seconds, and then let it out. Notice how refreshing and renewing it feels to your body.
2. Dance Around
While this tip isn’t ideal for your corporate office, if you’re at home or amongst friends, dancing can quickly release any tension you’ve built up. Try to be stressed out while you’re dancing, and you’ll see it’s impossible. As Tony Robbins says, if you change your body’s state, it will change your mental state. That’s why at his seminars he has people jumping around to music. Don’t you feel great when you’re dancing? Start moving to some music and you’re almost guaranteed to start feeling better.
3. Get Up From Your Desk or Move Away From the Situation
Take a break and step away from your computer screen or from the situation that’s driving you nuts. Removing yourself from the environment that has been causing you stress will signal your nervous system to take a deep breath and relax. Heading over to the water cooler or stepping outside for a second, or even staring out of the window will put you in a better state of mind.
4. Smell Something Fragrant
According to one study, smelling essential oils actually reduced stress perception. Aromatherapy is becoming more widely used as a great way to relieve stress and lavender in that same study has been shown to be very effective. You can try lighting a scented candle or inhaling a freshly cut lemon or piece of ginger. The part of the brain that processes smells is located next to the brain’s emotional center, so it makes sense that aromatic smells can make you feel more calm.