How to Reduce Stress: 5 Relaxation Techniques That Zap Stress Fast

Thinking about stress when you’re stressed seems to just make things worse – It becomes a never ending cycle in your thoughts. So what are some 5 simple things we can do to alleviate the stress we feel? Take a look at our list below:

1. Put That Phone on Flight Mode

Smartphones have become a number 1 distraction, and most of the time we aren’t even doing anything productive on them. Learn to put your phone away or slide it on flight mode so you don’t keep getting those notifications.

What difference does it make if you scroll through your newsfeed now than in an hours time?

Being stressed and looking through social media puts our focus on other people, which can be a good distraction but in reality, the stress will still be there if we don’t start acting on our responsibilities.

2. One Task at a Time

Being stressed usually means that we have a lot on our plate to get through with little time. We try to multitask to get it all done at once, but our concentration usually can’t handle the pressure of all the tasks.

Try to do one thing at a time. Once you start ticking off items off your To-Do list, you will start to feel a bit of pressure off your shoulders. Plus, every tick gives you a little bit more motivation for your next task.

3. Exercise

You’ve heard this before and it’s true. Exercising, weather it be a swim or just a simple walk outside will refresh your mind. Sitting in one place for too long without movement will make you feel restless. Even if it’s for 5 or 10 minutes, go outside and get some fresh air.

Get your muscles moving and your heartrate up, a few pushups that only take 10 seconds will actually get the blood flow running and you will immediately feel less stressed.

4. Change Environments

Sometimes all we need is a change of environment, something different to look at. Go to your local library, a cafe, or even just a different room. Maybe you just need to get out and find some more inspiration. Staying put in one place to achieve all your tasks can feel dull, find alternative places to get your mind stimulated again.

5. Listen to Music

Music sometimes can be a distraction when trying to focus on getting work done. However, if you’re feeling stressed, take a short break and really listen to some music. Focus on the sounds of your favorite genre, you will start to feel more relaxed and ready to take on your tasks.

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