Got some stress? No problem! There are ways to “destress” within minutes. All you need to do is try them and experience more inner calm and it can be done fairly quickly.
One. Breathe. Yes, just breathe in and out 3 or 4 deep breaths. It will instantly slow down and lighten any anxiety you feel.
Two. Train yourself to “power nap”. Many people say they can’t nap because they won’t sleep well that night. That may be true if you “over nap” but power napping is different. New studies have shown that taking as little as a 20 minute minute nap can actually relax you yet give you enough energy to still function quite well the rest of the day. Putting you in a calmerstate will cause you to fall asleep more easily at night. You may not have the time to “power nap” daily, but try it when you can. It really helps!
Three. Earlier is better. Schedule meetings or projects for the earlier part of the day, leaving your afternoons and early evenings for follow ups and less intense projects. Our brains seem to function best earlier in the morning.
Four. Take a meditation break. This doesn’t have to be a full blown meditation with music and candles! This can be just taking a brisk walk outside during lunch or a break. Get some fresh air and take in the scenery.
Five. Sip some tea. Tea (both black and green tea) have many wonderful benefits but also can be a soothing experience.
Six. Say no today. Don’t take on more than you can handle today. Turn a few things down and keep your schedule lighter once in awhile.
Seven. Plan some downtime. Our bodies and minds need to rest at regular intervals. Always being on the go and “on” may be adrenaline pumping and exciting at times, but you will surely burn out. Pace yourself and plan for some relaxation. An evening home reading, writing or watching a good movie can be soothing to the soul.
Eight. Have the “tomorrow is another day” mentality. Give your best for today but know that there is always tomorrow to catch up.