Between world pandemics and political events, 2022 has been quick to offer us with many opportunities to stay on our toes – and while browsing our phones and listening to Lo-Fi can be a good quick fix, we’ve all been in need of some more consistent, lasting fixes. Here, we’ve compiled three great, effective ways to destress in these trying times.
#1: Deep Breathing
Make a habit of deep breathing when you feel yourself getting overwhelmed. Much of our worries come from a downward mental slope – what if I can’t get to the grocery store on time? Then I won’t be able to get milk…then how will I make the homemade cookies I promised for my boss? Then what if he gets angry and starts looking at me worse, maybe demotes me even?. While these stresses begin as normal, casual worries, they later become panicked, less probable-to-occur concerns (ie: thinking your boss will demote you because you couldn’t bring homemade cookies like he wanted).
When you notice that bubbling stress, attempt to nip it at the bud by closing your eyes and taking deep breaths. It can be harder to accomplish this later on, so building a habit of slowing down to breathe in for three seconds and breathe out for three seconds can be a major deterrent to an anxiety attack.
Check out Healthline’s: 30 Grounding Techniques to Quiet Distressing Thoughts
Read Mindfulness’ Resources to Find Calm and Nourish Resilience During the COVID Outbreak
#2: Try exercising at least 30 minutes a day
If you deal with frequent/constant anxiety, try exercising at least 30 minutes a day. Harvard Health Publishing writes that exercise “releases mood-boosting chemicals called endorphins.”, which are proven to assist in relieving stress and frustration. As you exercise, you begin to focus more on the movement of your body and the world around you, rather than on the assignments you have due or the coworker that’s been bothering you. Gym memberships can be expensive and tedious to maintain, but luckily you don’t need fancy equipment to get these benefits. Your exercise can be any intensity, from taking a walk to playing a match of tennis, and still be equally effective in helping you decrease your general state of stress.
#3: Cut the cord for 15 minutes a day
Shutting off your phone and avoiding texts can be very daunting – trust us, we know – and with remote jobs becoming more and more of the norm, technology dependence is very real. However, finding a time to lay awake without your phone, TV, or laptop, even if it’s 15 minutes before going to bed, can actually help you destress. Having less notifications and apps to worry about can be great for personal health – gives you more time to focus on you rather than what revolves around you in your digital world.
> 5 Ways to de-stress and help your heart – https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/5-ways-to-de-stress-and-help-your-heart
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