Ever tell someone (a coworker, your significant other, your kids), "give me a minute?" We all have. Usually, when we say it, we need more than a minute. When it comes to dealing with stress, time isn’t on our side. Hence the stress.
A little bit of stress can be useful. It motivates us. It pushes us to do things we thought we were incapable of and gets us out of our comfort zone. But, too much stress can affect you both mentally and physically which, of course, can lead to even more stress.
What do we do when we recognize our healthy level of stress is starting to creep toward the unhealthy space? One technique that can work for anyone is these One-Minute Stress Strategies. Everyone has a minute to stop what they’re doing, and release built-up tension in your body and free your mind.
The next time you're feeling a bit overwhelmed, give some of these a try:
Deep breaths – Take some full deep breaths, the kind that fills your abdomen. Hold it for a few seconds then release the tension out.
Eat Something – One made up word, "Hangry." Eat some chocolate. Eat some carbs. Activate the reward center of your brain.
Doodle – The best thing about doodling is that there isn’t a wrong way to do it. Doodle what’s bothering you then throw it in the garbage. Doodle where you’d rather be. Doodle something absurd that makes you smile.
Stretch – If you work on a computer most of the day, it’s easy to get caught up in your work and not move around for long stretches (pun intended) of time. Stretching is an excellent way to release endorphins that counteract built up stress.