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4 Ways to Quickly Rid Yourself of Too Much Stress

4 Ways to Quickly Rid Yourself of Too Much Stress

We have all had our share of the not so great days where everything seems to go wrong. You miss your morning alarm, get stuck in traffic, forget about that important meeting and get tail ended in the evening. And you think to yourself, could it get any worse?

Little everyday anxieties cause us much more harm than major setbacks in life. The job rejection is forgotten in a few days and the break up in a few months while rush hour traffic and waiting in line at grocery stores is encountered day after day and year after year. There is no escape from the everyday hassles of life, the only thing you can do is learn to de-stress, no matter where you are and not let the little things bother you.

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Here are some instant ways to relax, rejuvenate and get ready to face the world all over again.

  1. Take a Deep Breath

    Under stressful situations we tend to take short breaths making it difficult for our bodies to relax. This in turn reduces are patience level and makes decision making a more challenging task.

    Stuck in traffic and running late? Well there’s only so much you can do even if you decide to become that crazy driver trying to switch lanes with bumper to bumper traffic. Try something different for a change: take a few deep breaths like you would in a yoga class, the “breatheeee innn, breatheeee outtt” kinds.

    Though this will not help you get to your destination any quicker, it will for a moment empty your brain of the million thoughts running through it and calm your mind. The more stressed you are, the faster you age. Do you really want rush hour traffic to be the dominant cause of you looking older?

  2. Music

    Remember the time when you were having a bad day and suddenly the radio played your favourite song? Instantly every cell in your body was happy, the worries of the world were lost and nothing else mattered at that moment. You were happy  and refreshed even after a very long day and excited all over again. Hope was in the air, love for the radio jockey and people around you wondered what made you smile.

    The right kind of music can do wonders to your mood, from filling your heart with joy to reminding you of a heart ache, instantly you enter a different world filled with strong emotions and memories. If there’s so much potential in music, why not use it to your advantage? Feeling low? Put on your favourite music and your tapping shoes and take a break from the worries of the world. Waiting in traffic won’t seem as bad as you groove to your favourite beat and the long lines up not as long when you are lost in long forgotten memories.

  3. Exercise

    Though this may not sound like the most alluring option, its benefits are incomparable. Not only does your body get the well needed workout, the anger and frustration is taken out on the treadmill instead. The mind is now relaxed and the body too tired to cause anyone any harm. Either you’ve solved the cause of your stress while you were panting for breath or you’ve drained out the extra energy in you to worry any further. Most of our little worries disappear over night and we start the new day wondering why it bugged us in the first place.

  4. Connect with Nature and just ‘Be’

    Not only is this a great stress reliever, it is also a good way to convert negative energy into something constructive. Get back to an old hobby or try something new. Learn to paint or try new dance moves instead. This will keep your mind focused on things you enjoy and your body active.

When you’re having too much fun in life, the little things don’t bug you as much. It will be much easier to ignore the not-so-cordial co-worker or the rude cashier. Maybe they were having a bad day, why let their day affect yours?

(Photo credit: Stress via Shutterstock)

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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