Whether your boss is demanding more from you, or you’re unable to pay all your bills on time, life is full of stressors. April is Stress Awareness Month, and experts and everyday people who have dealt with unavoidable stress in life have ideas for the top 10 unique ways to relieve stress.
1) “Staring at a photograph of nature: sunset, stream, sky. Nature is a natural stress reliever, and a photo will do in a pinch,” said Janet Pfeiffer, the president and CEO of Pfeiffer Power Seminars, LLC, and a motivational speaker and author of “The Secret Side of Anger,” in an email.
2) “Staring at fish in a fish bowl or tank. The poetic movement is very soothing,” Pfeiffer said.
3) “Putting things into perspective. Much of our stress comes from worrying about those things we have no control over (which is pretty much everything). I ask myself, ‘Will this issue even matter in 10 years?’ If the answer is no, I don't worry about it,” Pfeiffer said.
4) “Unplug for a few hours or a few days. Leave the computer off, only answer calls/texts from people you really want to talk to. Journal longhand, make scrap book pages or greeting cards or some other activity where you cut with real scissors, paste with real glue. Let yourself breathe and think and function uninterrupted by the constant bells and whistles of our high tech society,” said SM Johnson, a behavioral health technician at Essentia Health, and an author of adult fiction, in an email.
5) “Write a short (or long) story in which you (or a character you create) do something you'd wish you could do - ride in a hot air balloon, be a hero, run a marathon, get revenge, visit Paris. Use all five senses as much as possible and when you get on a roll, just let the story flow without worrying about plot or spelling or grammar. Don't even worry if it's good. Just get your imagination going,” Johnson said.
6) “Rent the movies that you loved as a teenager or young adult and spend an afternoon reminiscing,” Johnson said.