In my opinion, one of the worst things is waking up after a night of stress. Not only do you feel groggy and not well-rested, but all the stress comes pounding back into your head. Instead of starting your day off like that, do this simple stretch: hug your knees to your chest and lift your head to meet them. Hold the position for three deep, relaxing breaths and then gently release. I usually do it two more times after that, as it fully relaxes my mind and gets blood pumping for the rest of the day.
If I had to rate my level of self-control, it would have to be a big fat zero. When I try to get rid of a habit, pure willpower doesn’t work and I eventually need to resort to being hurt in some way to jump over the habit hurdle. In the same way, if negative, stressful thoughts are clouding your mind, a simple elastic band may just solve your problem. Whenever you start to freak out, gently flick an elastic band against your wrist. It sounds rather silly, but it literally does snap you back into reality.
I know, if your day already feels like you need more than 24 hours to get everything done, getting some pampering is not a priority. However, we usually have enough time: more stressing means less gets done. The next time your to do list feels over-filled, paint your nails in your favorite color. It makes you focus on one task and it allows your brain to rest and recover from the prior craziness. By the time your nails are dry, you’ll be ready to calmly get back to work.
Some days just take us to breaking point and once the tears come, they won’t stop. Some times it’s good to cry, but in some situations, it might just make things worse. Besides, the last thing you want to do is draw attention to yourself by bawling in front of people. Instead, make a fist with one hand and press with your thumb on the spot where your ring finger hits your palm. Keep pressing (gently!) to stop your body’s automatic stress response.
If your stress just bubbles over, and you feel the need to get it out, go ahead. Whether you yell, shriek or cry, sometimes you just need to make a noise to feel better. It definitely shouldn’t be done all the time, but indulge in something sweet that puts a smile on your face (take it from me, there are better things than just ice-cream) and talk to your friends about what’s been making you stressed out.