We have talked a lot about stress. We talked about the benefits of reducing stress, how to reduce stress, and what causes stress, and suggested you pay attention to your triggers for stress.
But what happens when you are stressed out and you need to de-stress immediately? Surely you can’t go for a jog while at work or practice a visualization exercise in rush hour traffic when you are running late.
Here are some tips to help you quickly de-stress. These are meant as in-the-moment responses to stress versus the previous examples which are meant to help with prevention and long-term stress management.
If you can effectively reduce your stress, then your relationship with yourself and with others will improve. Practicing these techniques is important to your success. The more you practice, the easier they become to master.
Also, you must be honest and accepting of yourself and situations. Being objective may decrease the impact of a stressful situation. Being honest with yourself may unearth the fact that you are avoiding trying to relax by making excuses when you are feeling too rushed. It is that much more important to take time to de-stress when you are feeling rushed.
When something stressful arises suddenly, practice exercises from the list above. Count, walk, or try another exercise to slow down your body.
Continue to work on the exercises, while eating well, and communicating assertively.