Stuck in the moment? Need to unwind? Feeling the stress hormones running through your body? Sure… there are many long-term fixes for easing your stress, but sometimes you just need to feel better right now.
Get away from your phone, the TV or anything else electronic. If possible, go outside and try to find a little patch of nature. By taking a moment from being bombarded by sounds, flashing images and advertisements, you can be reminded that the world is much bigger than the tiny one you make for yourself.
When you are stressed, stress hormones course through your body. Movement circulates everything in your body and helps deplete the build-up of stress hormones. Take a few minutes to increase your heart rate and move your body. You will likely start feeling better right away.
Hold your breath for a count of 4 and exhale for a count of 4. Repeat as necessary. When we experience stress, our breathing becomes constricted and shallow. With deep, steady breathing, we can open up our bodies, slow our breath and calm our minds. Slower breathing is a physical response that lets our bodies know that we don’t have a reason to be stressed and we can relax.
4. Dump Your Brain
Can’t quiet your mind before bed or when you are trying to relax? Write down everything that is nagging at you. Give the pen and paper permission to hold your anxieties and duties on your behalf.
Check in with how your body is feeling. The day-to-day rigor of life causes our bodies to naturally compress and tighten. If you take time to rotate your shoulders, stretch out your hips and move your back and neck — or even better, invert! — you are taking care of minor misalignments before they turn into larger problems.