Don’t worry, be happy – stress less and become stress free in under two minutes a day

When we were children we may have clung to our blankets or sucked on our thumbs to de-stress, but as adults we tend to choose fixes for stress that don’t generally fix at all.

Does self-soothing with junk food, a glass (or two) of wine or mindless television sound familiar? These things may not actually help us de-stress at all.

If you find yourself constantly stressed out, maybe your fixes aren’t working. Why not try these tips for helping lower stress before reaching for that glass of red or block of chocolate.

Breathing:

When you stress out you can start shallow breathing or have quicker inhales and exhales. Deep breathing helps us relax and has been integral to many yoga and relaxation practices for many years. You can start by three large inhales and exhales, or try to make three long exhales for every inhale to help slow your heart rate to deal with stress.

Meditating:

Breathing and meditation goes hand in hand and it’s not just for hippies, successful celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and Steve Jobs have declared they meditate. Meditating can relax and calm your body and mind and has the capacity to increase emotional control and brain power.

Purpose:

This is not ‘what is the purpose of life’ or ‘my purpose of earth’, but having a purpose in mind for your tasks is a good thing. If you are completing tasks mindlessly, you may not be committed or see the purpose. If you put things in perspective and know why you’re doing it, you can understand it more to relax or learn to manage the stressful areas.

Smiling:

Don’t worry, be happy! Smiling soothes you, even if it’s not genuine. Just fake it until you make it, right?

Give yourself a hug:

This one sounds a little silly, but wrapping your arms around yourself and squeezing can actually help you relax by releasing oxytocins and other biochemicals into the body. If you can get a real hug though that might be nicer and less awkward if someone spots you.

 

What do you do to de-stress? Would you give the self-hug a go or a massage?