Top Ten Ways to De-Stress
It’s top ten Tuesday! I always have a lot of anxiety and stress. I do it to myself. I constantly am stressing myself out with concerns and problems that sometimes, to be honest, shouldn’t matter to me. My second job for example, it’s not something to fret about. I will not ruin someone’s life if I don’t get their coat fast enough or get their meal order correct. While I logically know this, I instead stress out completely about mundane details. I haven’t written much in January because my first job, my new job, is very stressful! Without going into a long spiel about it or telling everyone where I work, I will sum it up by saying that a lot rides on my particular side of the job. If I screw up, it’s a big deal. Needless to say, I’ve been a wreck the last two weeks. I care about things to an absurd degree. I care to a ridiculous extent about messing up, so I’ve come up with ways ten ways to de-stress and just breathe!
1. Swear. Swear a lot. Whether you’re swearing underneath your breath or swearing while you’re talking to someone about a situation (Not at someone please, be nice!) you will calm down a bit. Studies have shown swearing will help you keep your cool, it even helps with pain! Which is great, because I curse like a sailor.
2. Sing. Guess what? Singing can reduce stress! It’s true. It can actually make you happier. Believe it or not, it’s actually good to sing in the shower for three minutes a day if possible. Obviously you can’t belt out a musical ensemble at you work place (Or if you can I am jealous) but if you’re in your car, at your house or with friends then sing your heart out. It’s the healthy thing to do.
3. Punch something. Now, when I say this I mean a pillow or something that’s soft and won’t kill your hand. Whenever I used to step on a Lego or a toy when I was younger I would throw it across the room… obviously not a very mature move but I can’t deny that I liked doing it.
4. Eat some ice cream or drink some alcohol. Indulge. Treat yo self! Don’t overdo it but let yourself indulge in something unhealthy or mind numbing. Even if you only do it for a few minutes you’ll be happier.
5. Cuddle. This sounds crazy, but find someone or a pet to cuddle with. Cuddle with your pet, cuddle with your significant other or hug a friend or family member. It helps to be held. It really, really does.
6. Listen to a song that makes you feel angry/fuels the fire. This sounds counterproductive but I tend to listen to Nine Inch Nails or I listen to Disturb’s “Down with the Sickness” until I’m shouting. It’s great.
7. Scream. Scream until it hurts or until you become hoarse. Get in your car or someplace where you’re alone and yell. You need to voice how you feel. Even if it feels weird to do so.
8. Ask yourself, will this matter to me in a year? This is hard to do, but if the problem won’t cause you grief a year from now, it most likely is trivial. You don’t deserve misery. Evaluate the situation and say screw it. If it’s not going to break you. If it’s a big problem, take a deep breath and try to fixg the small details of the problem then work on the big problem(s) one by one.
9. Channel it into making that deadline or completing that task that needs to be done. While I wouldn’t recommend doing this (However I never listen to my own advice) all the time. I will say the more stressed out I am, the more I accomplish. When I’m freaking out, running around like a mad woman, I get stuff done. It’s sad, but oh so true.
10. Get in your car, bike or walk until you can’t do it anymore. Clear your brain and physically leave the situation if you can. It’s like running away, but not exactly. Go back. Distance yourself then come back to the situation. Go to bed angry and stressed. Sometimes, not always, but sometimes you will wonder why you got upset in the first place.