Quick and Easy Ways to De-Stress Almost Anywhere

by Nova Yeoman
(Taylor, MI, US)

Stress is a catalyst that can cause a body and mind to work against you. However, the good news is, stress can be prevented and easily reduced if recognized early.

Your mind is wandering. Your neck is tense. Your back muscles are knotted. Your palms are cold and sweaty. Perhaps you feel irritable, anxious or even hostile or aggressive. These are all effects of stress that manifest as the pressure builds, the heart races, and the individual stress tolerance reaches its peak.

So what do you do? Short of running screaming from the office, the house or anywhere else stress hits, there are better solutions. Here are some easy tips.

1. Eat a York? Peppermint Pattie. Sound crazy? It's actually a great way to relax. The peppermint is refreshing and works to naturally exhilarate you as fatigue from stress can hinder your day's activities. The dark chocolate coating assists your brain in releasing the "happy" chemicals in the brain called endorphins. Plus, the little candy is only 1 gram of fat per .6 ounces (the smaller patties usually sold in a pack of 6-8). So, if you only eat one or two, you won't have to stress about sabotaging your healthy eating habits.

2. Keep a coloring book and crayons with you. Another odd notion? A grown up coloring like a little kid? Yep. It's a great way to focus your attention on something unrelated to what is causing your stress. This creative outlet actually draws from your subconscious mind, while working to relax you in the same way as meditation does.

3. Write yourself a letter. No matter what is bothering you, it helps to vent. If you can't get in touch with someone who can listen, depend on yourself to be the friend you need. "Dear me?I'm having a crappy day and here's why?" This form of journaling seeks to purge the soul of the negative stuff that builds within. Write it; read it; let it go. It is an effective cathartic way of relieving stress quickly.

These tips may seem simple enough, but they are powerful tools to quickly relax and bring calm to an otherwise stress laden day.

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