When you’re feeling really stressed out, you need to manage your stress quickly and effectively. When you’re feeling like you’re about to “blow your top” or you’re hanging by a thread, or if you are just feeling completely overwhelmed, you need to do something to relieve your stress and you need to do it quickly.
When you’re feeling stressed out, you are not in a good state, and you need to change your state of mind and change it quickly. Usually you don’t have a lot of time, so you need something that you can do in 5 minutes or less.
The first thing that I do when I’m feeling very frustrated or overwhelmed or I feel the anger building is to take a deep breath – a real deep breath. Then I do it again nice and slowly, relaxing my whole body as I breathe. Then I do one or more of the following:
Continue to breathe deeply and slowly for a few minutes, feeling more and more relaxed as I breathe. I concentrate on breathing in the good energy and breathing out the bad, negative energy.
It’s amazing how something as simple as a smile can really change your state of mind and give you a new perspective on your problem or challenge. When you start smiling , it’s hard to stay angry, frustrated, depressed, or overwhelmed for long, if at all.
You can get up and stretch, take a short, brisk walk, or do some brief exercises, including various stretches, yoga, isometric exercises, etc. Just changing your position, i.e., standing up when you’ve been sitting for a long time, is very helpful most of the time, and very easy to do.
Rest and relax for 5 minutes.
Sit in a comfortable chair and relax all your muscles deeply or go lie down for a few minutes if you can. Breathing deeply and slowly is part of this relaxation routine.
Think of something funny or something that really amuses you and enjoy it for a few minutes. You could keep a joke book handy and pick it up and read a couple jokes or funny stories out of it.
Change your perspective on a problem.
Start thinking about a problem as an opportunity instead of a roadblock and see how this benefits you. In NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) this is known as reframing. Remember, don’t sweat the small stuff … and the corollary: it’s ALL small stuff. That’s a helpful philosophy to remember when you need some quick stress relief.
I hope that these quick stress relief methods are helpful to keep in mind.
There are many that you can use to help keep yourself on an even keel and to stay productive and in a good frame of mind. What are some of your favorite methods or tactics when you’re feeling really stressed out and in need of some quick stress relief.