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9 Quick Tips for a Busy Person to Reduce Stress

It’s easy to try to ignore your stress when you have so many other things going on. The problem with this strategy is that it is taking more time to do other things when you are stressed. Here are 9 quick ideas for reducing stress when you do not have time to waste.

1. Change Your Environment.

Take a mini “vacation” by stepping outside for a moment, doing something pleasurable like reading a book or watching a video, or jumping in the shower.

2. Participate in a Rhythmic Activity.

Walking or running are very pattern oriented and help you readjust your focus and relieve stress. Pick up a couple of pens or chopsticks and drum on the table to also find a similar response.

3. Do Something Creative.

It does not have to be a big project. Doing something you enjoy like photography, coloring, or baking can remove you from the stress you are experience. If you do something like baking it will require focus and concentration and can also have the added benefit of physical activity when you are rolling out dough or something similar.

4. Be Present and Slow Down.

Take 5 minutes to focus on what is happening for you. Notice the air on your face, how you are breathing or walking, or whatever your hands might be touching. When you spend time in the present moment, you are less likely to notice the stress.

5. Breathe.

When you take 2 minutes to focus on breathing in and out, it allows you to separate from everything else. Take this time to only notice your breath and leave everything else behind.

6. Laugh Out Loud.

Laughing unburdens you from the mental stress of the moment. It also lowers cortisol, which is your body’s stress hormone, and increases endorphins to lighten your mood. Find that good belly laugh by watching your favorite comedian, a funny pet or kid video or chat with someone who makes you smile. Whatever it is, find something to make you laugh.