De-Stress Tool Kit
10 Tools for your De-Stress Tool Kit
We all get stressed from time to time. Below are some tips and tools you can bring into your every day to help you manage your stress.
Stick little blue dots in different locations, for example on the top corner of your phone, on your watch, on the corner of your computer, on your steering wheel. When you notice one of the dots you take 5 deep breaths.
Progressive Muscular Relaxation
Tense and release different muscles of your body at a time to achieve a state of calm. Example: bring your shoulders up to your ears (tensing), hold for count of 4 and then let them drop (relax). Repeat twice on each muscle chosen
I was talking to a good friend recently and he said that when he feels stressed he does 9 times tables. It can be a necessary distraction if you are trying to calm yourself before an interview.
Write It Down
I feel STRESSED and ANGRY Just putting our emotions on paper can make them seem less intimidating. You can also free write, this means you just write whatever comes into your head. What you write doesn’t have to make sense or be grammatically correct. You can always burn/tear up what you have written.
Take 5 minutes twice a day to meditate. Find a comfortable, quiet place and concentrate on your breath.
Slow, deep breaths can help lower blood pressure and heart rate. Do a cycle (in and out is one cycle) of 8 to 10 breaths at intervals throughout your day.
Take a Quick Walk
When you’re feeling overwhelmed or having trouble concentrating, go for a quick stroll around the block. You’ll get the benefits of alone time, physical activity, and few minutes to gather your thoughts!
Listen to Your Favourite Song
Sometimes belting out the lyrics to a favourite tune makes everything seem all right. If you’re in a public place, just listening to music
Keep a book of jokes handy in the desk drawer or check out a hilarious YouTube video for a quick pick-me-up.
Talk to a Friend
When something’s really bothering you, it can help to share your feelings with a pal or a professional.