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7 Ways to De-Stress

Try These Tips When You Feel Stressed

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Stress happens. No matter how organized you are, how good your systems are, or how friendly your work and living environments are, stress can find a way to poke its ugly head in from time to time. What can you do? Turn to a convenient Stress Buster – a small, simple activity that clears your head and calms you down. When you feel a stress attack coming on, it’s the perfect time to turn to one of these busters and kick that stress out the door.

Here are 7 of our favorite Stress Busters, but feel free to develop your own:

1. Take a walk
Want a break from the office? Does your house feel like an insane asylum? Slip out the door and let your feet take you somewhere. Not only will walking give you the opportunity to clear your head and take a break from that hectic situation, but it’s great aerobic exercise, too.

2. Call a friend
We all have someone whose voice alone perks us up. Give them a buzz, even for a few minutes. Whether with a joke or a funny story, or just by listening, they will likely put a smile on your face and calm you down. Besides, what are friends for?

3. Write in a journal
Expressing our feelings could be the best way to deal with stress. Keeping a journal is a way to capture those feelings at any moment. You don’t have to worry about what others think or say, just let your pen do the work. By the time you’re done, those feelings will be on their way out of your system. Continued ›

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Member Comments

  • Taking a walk is one of the best stress busters for me. Start my day now walking our dog and that seems to set me up for a stress free day. - 5/31/2016 7:54:55 AM
  • I've been de-stressing by walking every day. I also made a promise to myself to write a Spark blog every day. Both are good for me because I'm disabled and don't work. My days can easily spiral into doing nothing. These have been helpful for me. - 5/3/2016 8:47:31 PM
  • I de-stress by cleaning my house! I turn some music on, get my son dancing with me, & get going! We make a day of it! - 4/21/2016 12:33:58 PM
  • MAGENTA4212
    Definitely walking and petting my dogs - preferably at the same time
    oh and swimming in our pool - just floating and relaxing - 2/23/2016 10:27:30 PM
  • Whoever is responsible for your article images probably watched the shake weight commercials without laughing. - 2/23/2016 11:48:40 AM
  • Playing my ukulele is my escape. :) - 1/30/2016 8:52:19 AM
  • HARTSMOM
    A relaxer for me is my adult coloring book. I can get totally engrossed in it. - 1/28/2016 9:38:17 AM
  • Color in. A coloring book. - 1/28/2016 9:37:30 AM
  • SPINNER86
    I agree with dog hugging! Our dog loves to be petted, massaged LOL You can't be stressed when your stroking silky ears and looking into soulful eyes. - 11/9/2015 11:28:58 AM
  • Hugging my dog always helps. He's always willing to give me some love (unwanted doggy kisses!) or just lies there while I hug him and that always puts me in a good mood.

    Reading while listening to soothing music is also a big help.

    One time I made pie when I was fuming after an argument with my brother. The whole process of beating ingredients together calmed me down in the end. - 10/23/2014 12:12:49 PM
  • CRAMPERELLA
    I would add meditation to that list. I have been practising mindfulness off and on for a few years and it has been a life-saver. - 8/24/2014 6:33:25 PM
  • Don't you love that last sentence!!! Cute! - 7/18/2014 9:40:34 PM
  • I am a big fan of a nice bath...I try to do it at least once a week. It is my quiet time...I take a magazine to read and have good music on. It's very relaxing. Never thought about playing board games...that might be fun, I LOVE Candyland but probably haven't played it in at least 15 years (since our kid was little - he's an adult now). Sorry is fun too! - 5/19/2014 9:20:20 PM
  • BUBBLEGUM_FAIRY
    Journaling helps me a lot. I find when you write down your emotions and the scattered thoughts in your head, you become more aware of what you are feeling. Plus, it is like a release getting it all out of you. - 4/12/2014 9:16:15 AM
  • I will remember your sister in prayer Justasiam knowing he is able an understanding the Lord loves your sister even more than you do - 2/4/2014 5:37:57 PM

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