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7 Ways to De-Stress

Try These Tips When You Feel Stressed


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  • I like to walk long distance. I find that the first three miles I spend thinking about all of the things that are bothering me, and the next two or three miles thinking of ways to solve the problems. When I return to work the next day or after a weekend, I put my plan in to effect.
  • I find taking a break to read, even just for 15 minutes, helps. So does sipping a cool glass of water or a nice cup of tea (hot or iced, any kind). If those don't do the trick alone, especially if the stress is keeping me from falling asleep, watching something I know will make me laugh (like Fawlty Towers) is often useful.
  • SYLVIA541
    Reading a book for an hour just before the supper time crunch really helps. Walking the dog, having a cup of herbal tea and taking a bath are also great stress relievers.
    I love the suggestions in the comments about hugging or petting an animal if you have one :) I also will stop and hug my favorite plushie (a stuffed balloon I made) for a moment, especially if I'm angry about something. Even as an adult, I still feel comforted by having something soft to hug :)
  • The design of being right to the point, informative and applicable of this article was appreciated. The ideas that coincide with goals from the SparkPeople program were ways to feel accomplishment while other things in life are stressful.
  • I go to the gym to work it out now. I use to eat or go get in my bed.
  • mweldon1 I enjoy my cat; she licks my hand especially if I have on hand lotion. I also like to sit next to my aquarium and watch the different fish do their thing; very relaxing; wish I could swim with them.
  • Play a musical instrument . My guitars are therapy for me.
  • when i am stressed or sad i try to fake a huge grin.long back had read somewhere about some feedback loop that your facial muscles send on smiling/grinning which makes u happy!
  • I try to get away to a quiet room in my house. If that is impossible i like to ride down by the river and sit and look at the water.
  • My destresser is Green Tea and a hot bath.
    Great ideas indeed. Thanks to everyone.
    I agree also, that my stress detoxer is my Lord. He gives me strength each day that I am so very greatful for. I could not make it without it or Him. Its the sweetest love I know :)
    Also, I have a sister that is in very special need of this strength to over come a deep depression she is in. She is a Christain & we do not understand her deep sadness. She is a lovable person. It has to come from stress for people year after year ( I have been told it is inheritated- this could be possible since our mother was also many yrs ago before she passed) It is so worrisome & heartbreaking. Doctors cant find a medician that will work. If you would please remember her in your prayers, I would greatly appreciate it more than you could ever know. Thank you
  • Have trouble destressing. About the only thing to destress me is to fix the problem.
  • Proven quick stress reliever is yawning. It gets extra oxygen into your system, increases blood flow to the brain and relaxes muscles in the neck and shoulders.
  • -BENI-
    New to SP, Hope I'm doing this right... I'm looking forward to De-stressing! Great articles and enjoy reading what everyone does to help their stress.

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