How do you handle sudden pop-out-of-the-box stress?
We all have our share of worries and stress. Some stem from big issues and some from really really small issues. If you say you don’t worry or stress at all, I might believe you, but I don’t think you will believe yourself the next time you mutter foul language under your breath in traffic or the next time your child throws a tantrum and you scream.
See, I told you, we all have stress, me included. But the good news is we CAN handle it. I wrote a while back about Stress in which I shared ways on how you can stress less. In a gist, the ways included, meditation, breathing techniques and many more ways which included lifestyle changes as well. Now all these methods work like a charm. But, what happens when you have an interview in one hour and you are freaking out? What happens when you have a major deal to land in the next 15 minutes and you are sweating profusely? What do you do to de-stress in that short span of time?
5 Fun Quick Fix Tips to De-Stress
1. Laugh On-
“Laughter is an instant vacation.” ~Milton Berle
Who doesnt love a great belly laugh?? I know I do 🙂 Somehow a good laugh seems to ease the stress dramatically and instantly. The next time you are stressing try thinking of a funny joke, a funny event that happened recently, or just picture the person standing next to you in a clown outfit. Whatever tickles your funny bone. I personally love to simply visualize everyones head as a huge bright yellow sunflower. It gets me to smile everytime 🙂 Other ways are maybe saving a joke or a funny clip in your mobile phone for a quick giggle reference 🙂
2. Play On
“I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things… I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind.” Leo F. Buscaglia
I love love love games. Computer games, board games, who stole the cookie games with kids, running around the tress, catching butterflies, playing with the cat who passes my way….Why? Cause they help me unwind quickly. Usually in a stressful situation, I look around me and most often find something to play with. It might be a child, it might be a pet, it might be the magazine in your hand. Anything can lead to play, if you want it to. And if you still cant think of anything to play with around you then, take out your mobile phone and play a game in it. Simple play Instant Smiles 🙂
3. Choc On
“Researchers have discovered that chocolate produces some of the same reactions in the brain as marijuana. The researchers also discovered other similarities between the two but can’t remember what they are.” Matt LauerAlright
I have to admit, I always always carry a bar of dark chocolate around in my handbag. Its my instant fix to all things negative. Its my magic wonder feel good drug. I don’t use it often, but I like the idea of knowing that this magic wonder is in my reach anytime, just waiting to diffuse me of all things bad and negative. Next time you are freaking out, pop in a piece and melt that stress away. Oh and don’t forget to wipe your hands and mouth after 😉
4. Dream On
“Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little more time for dreaming.”
I’m a dreamer. I dream of rainbows and butterflies, of world peace and happiness. I dream of my biggest dreams with eyes wide open. It brings that dream to reality. Whenever I am upset or stressed, I almost always think of my big big dreams with such vivid colors and perfect detail, I can actually feel the bliss of it coming true. Right there in that moment, all my stress vanishes. Try it. Its your very own personal Dream Dvd 🙂
5. Hug On
“I will not play tug o’ war. I’d rather play hug o’ war. Where everyone hugs instead of tugs, Where everyone giggles and rolls on the rug, Where everyone kisses, and everyone grins, and everyone cuddles, and everyone wins.” Shel Silverstein
Nothing and I mean nothing can make me feel as good as a hug can. Isn’t it awesome that the one giving the hug and the one receiving the hug both love it. Its an instant feel good booster. Its possible that you don’t have any friends around you can hug, or any family when you are standing in line or in traffic or waiting to get into a major meeting…thats OK, hug yourself! Just wrap your arm around and squeeze. Try it right now….It works wonders 🙂
What about you? How do you de-stress? Have any fun quick de-stress tips to share? Please Share your wisdom in the comments below.
With Immense Love and Gratitude,