How many times do we talk about stress? A lot. Stress is to blame for our headaches, or our stomach aches, or our low productivity, or our depression!
And yet, getting rid of stress can be really simple! Can you de-stress in as little as 5 minutes? Yes, you can.
Try these quick techniques to lower your stress levels when you feel like you can't take it anymore.
Imagine a day like this: a complicated weekend; an argument with your partner; the kids haven't stopped playing, yelling, or fighting for a second; the alarm hasn't gone off in the morning; and, on top of that, you're late for work without having eaten breakfast. When you get to work you are exhausted and on top of that there is a meeting with the bosses to see why Project X has not been completed yet.
If this is the situation, here are some suggestions to help you overcome the stress
- Take a quick walk
Even if you only have five minutes, go for a walk. The goal is to get away from the immediate source of stress, and to calm down.
- Read fiction
If you are exhausted, sad or stressed out by routine, one of the best ways to disconnect is to read a book. Fiction is ideal for disconnecting from our world because it allows us to forget everything that worries us during those 5-10 minutes that we concentrate on the story.
It is said that one of the greatest addictions of human beings is "thinking". And when you start thinking, you don't stop. Normally, we spend a lot of time thinking about what takes us out of the present. We think about the past or the future: "what are we going to eat in a while", "what are we going to do when we get off work", these are thoughts that prevent us from enjoying the present moment. Meditation allows us to free the mind from unproductive thoughts so that it can rest and recover. It's inevitable that during meditation, from time to time a thought will come to our mind. What we must do is not let that thought lead us to another one, and another one, and another one.
- Watch a funny video
If you remember any funny videos, give yourself five minutes and have a few laughs watching it. It will help you recharge your batteries so that when you return to work, or whatever is causing your stress, you do so with positivity and perspective.
- Making an Herbal Tea
When we get tired of stress, drinking caffeine is not going to help. Instead, a hot cup of some herbal tea will. In addition, the tea-making process can be relaxing as it gets us up from the work table and focused on something physical.
- Using a cushion or pillow as a punching bag :)
Depending on where we are and our personality, punching a cushion or a pillow can help de-stress us. To do this, imagine how stress is expelled through your fists with every punch you throw. It's also really fun.
- Take slow, deep breaths
When we are stressed, we tend to breathe faster, filling our lungs less than usual. To remedy this, try to concentrate on your breathing (this can be linked to meditation) by trying to breathe with your stomach instead of your lungs. Breathe slowly and deeply until your lungs are full. Calming your body in this way will end the mental stress you feel immediately.