Sometimes the moments you need to do a stress scream you are not in the comfort of your own home. Luckily there are several ways you can relieve your stress when you are out and about.
Here are 6 stress relief strategies we rely on when we are on the move:
1. Use your iPod
Listening to music or stand-up comedy for a few minutes can quickly relax your mind muscles. It changes your focus to something else for the time being. The sound of nature is appealing, but we can’t get enough Norah Jones in a time of stress.
2. Breathe In, Breathe Out
Breathing may be easiest and most portable stress reliever out there. You can do an exercise in minutes and practice it wherever you are. Sit or stand in a relaxed position and slowly inhale through your nose for five seconds. Exhale for about 8 seconds through your mouth. The simple act is an instant tension tamer.
3. Create a Short To-Do List
The key with to-do lists is not to overdo it on the to-dos. If you write down too much stuff you will feel just as overwhelmed as you were pre-list. Aim to get two or three of the most important things done each day and then save the rest for another day. These little victories will relieve the mind mess.
4. Avoid the Gray Zone
Stop bringing home stress into work and work into your home. The gray zone can really up your stress so set some rules to ensure there is no crossover. Here are some to follow: put your work hat on in the office and take it off when you get home, no working after 7 o’clock and no working on the weekends. You will not create stress in places it doesn’t need to be by following these rules.
5. Be Early
Often times stress hits during a commute. The key to keeping it cool during your travel time is to get in the habit of arriving 5 to 10 minutes early everywhere you go. It is a simple change you can make that will ease your mind.
6. Eat Some Whole Grains
Foods can be mood-boosters. One of the key nutrients found in whole grains is magnesium which is a mineral that is known to help regulate blood pressure. Boost your feel good chemical and manage your stress by consuming a whole grain with each meal.
What stress relief strategies do you have when you are away from your home? Share them below!