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7 Simple Stress Busters

Peace of Mind is Just a Few Minutes Away

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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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Zach Van Hart Zach Van Hart
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Member Comments

  • 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
  • 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
  • Listening to meditation and Spa like music soothes me when feeling anxious or stressed. I enjoy the free apps I use on my phone & iPod mostly at work. - 1/11/2014 6:52:31 PM
  • Meditation always worked well for me. The karate dummy in my picture was good exercise, but a few people I knew said that beating it up with a baseball bat was as good a stress reliever as they had ever used; I never needed it for that purpose, but some seemed to get a lot of good out of it. When I worked construction it helped relieve stress to turn a torch way up and blow through thick steel, making a pretty shower of sparks that looked like the 4th of July; that probably isn't available to most people though. - 11/25/2013 4:45:19 PM
  • I know I might be weird but my way to de stress is cleaning the house ! It makes me feel in control and organized then after its all clean and smelling fresh , I light a candle and drink a hot cup of coffee ! - 11/24/2013 2:27:17 PM
  • 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. - 9/25/2013 9:15:37 PM
  • 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. - 8/4/2013 12:30:28 PM
  • 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. - 7/24/2013 7:08:58 AM
  • 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 :) - 7/7/2013 7:11:08 PM
  • 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. - 6/6/2013 3:57:36 PM
  • I go to the gym to work it out now. I use to eat or go get in my bed. - 5/15/2013 4:21:38 PM
  • 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. - 3/14/2013 3:00:06 PM

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