While fall signifies the start of a new season and fresh start, it’s also can also be a hectic time of year for some. With kids going back to school, workloads building up and the holidays fast approaching it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, and even easier to let anxiety take over. To get the most out of your fall, try some of these tricks to help combat anxiety and leave the stress behind.
Top Tools for Combating Stress and Anxiety:
- Make a list of the tasks that you’d like to accomplish so you have a clear vision of what needs to get done. Then check off items from the list as they are completed so at the end of the day you have a solid proof of your efficiency and can feel accomplished.
- Take a short walk around the block or office. Exercise is the number one stress reliever but in the middle of the workday or just a plain busy day, taking an hour to workout isn’t an always option – but a short fifteen minute break is. A brisk walk will feel refreshing and it will give you renewed energy to go about your day.
- Talk it out. Tell someone – even if it’s just your pet – how you are feeling. Saying the words out loud will help clear your mind. Mulling over the thoughts in your head will only increase your anxiety.
- Write it down. If you don’t feel comfortable sharing your feelings with others, writing it down will have a similar effect on your state of mind.
- Get zen. Take ten to fifteen minutes to lie down in darkened room and breath deeply. Treat it like a yoga class: close your eyes and concentrate on the rate of your breath. Nothing else. It will take your mind off of your stress and relax your body.
- Read the Joke of the Day on Google, or get a co-worker to tell you a funny story. Laughter is known to provide a physical and emotional release from stress.
- Grin at a stranger. Studies show that smiling, even if you’re not happy can automatically enhance your mood.
- Listen to music. Pick either a high energy tune to dance around to, to release tension or close your eyes and mellow out soothing rhythms to relax.
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