If you think that meditating for an hour is going to make you more stressed out raise your hand! I agree! Sometimes suggestions for stress relief aren’t realistic for your daily life. If you’re like me spending an hour meditating or in a yoga class can makes me more stressed out as I realize my to-do list isn’t getting checked off. Maybe you have kids at home, you’re in an office all day or you need to get to the grocery store and try to get some dinner on the table. Instead of focusing on calming and relaxing my stress levels rise.
We all need options for stress relief even if we only have 10 to 15 minutes per day. Stress can come from a multitude of areas in your life. Most times it helps to address the stress at the source, but that’s not always possible. When you can, take action; but when you can’t change your situation, you can still minimize the stress you feel by adding stress relieving habits to your lifestyle even if you only have a few minutes a day.
Here are some ideas that can help…
Try cutting something out. If you are overloaded by a busy lifestyle an obvious solution would be to cut down your commitments. Trust me; I know that is way easier said than done. Try to find a way to say “no” when possible.
Spend 15 minutes going for a walk. The kids are hungry (or maybe your spouse), the dog needs to be fed, the neighbor is asking for help. Step back from your life for 15 minutes and take a walk (or run). Exercise provides something to focus on with your mind and body besides your stress.
Change Your Perspective. Many times you can’t change what you are facing or how your day is going, but you do have the ability to change the way you look at things. Altering your outlook to a more hopeful one or even just finding the humor in a situation can help to dissolve stress.
Talk to a friend. Call that friend or family member you haven’t talk to in months. Put down the text and emails and simply share your time with a friend. You can do this in the car on the way to work or to pick up your kids. Keep this conversation on a positive path, enjoy a laugh; but don’t turn it into a venting session.
Listen to Music During Your Daily Activities. Music has proven health and stress relief benefits and can easily be used in your daily life to reduce stress. You can turn on music during your morning routine, when you commute to and from work, during dinner, or at any time to relieve stress. It takes virtually no extra time and provides real benefits. Who knows, maybe you’ll have a your own little dance party!