How do you overcome stress?
Many people turn to hobbies and exercise to reduce stress levels. Physical exertion is a great way to relieve excess stress. However, we all know that running around the block or weeding your flower bed isn’t always appropriate OR available. How can you reduce stress at these times in midst of the tension?
Try these easy remedies:
1) Breathe. Breath is vital. We often forget to breathe when we are tense. If you are sitting at a computer, try this quick and easy move.
Put your arms out at your sides and make a thumbs up. Then, rotate your arms by pointing thumbs behind you and gently reach back. Hold for three deep breaths– breathe all the way in and all the way out.
2) Cool Down. Literally.
Grab an ice pack to cool things down. Keep a small soft gel ice pack on hand in a freezer (or make a small one with ice cubes in a freezer storage bag). Chill out by placing your cold-pack on your stress center. In general, women tend to hold their stress in the back of the neck, men in the low back.