Relax and Try These Top 10 Stress Busters

Relax and Try These Top 10 Stress Busters

No matter who we are or what we do these days, there is one common denominator:

S T R E S S

Now, I've struggled with stress and anxiety for what seems like FOREVER, and I've tried loads of things to get it under control. Here are 10 things to try when you're feeling stressed.

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1. Exercise

Sometimes it's the last thing you want to do, but once you get out there and start doing it, the endorphins kick in and you WILL feel better! I can attest to a nice, long walk. It certainly clears the cobwebs.

2. Have some F - U - N

Remember good old belly laughs? Go to a comedy show, do something crazy, act like a kid with your friends, have a tickle fight with your partner. (Not that kind of tickle! Actually, I take that back - THAT is a GREAT way to relieve stress!)

3. Put your nose to work

Fragrances such as sandalwood, musk, and lavender are great for relaxation and creating that sense of peace.

4. Listen

Smooth jazz and meditation music can really help take the edge off -- oh, and jazz can make you feel a tad bit sexy! On the other hand, driving along to a good rock song and singing at the top of your lungs with the windows down is also quite therapeutic...

5. Write

Lists are awesome! They really help to get the stuff out of your head, so write it down! Or why not write a list of what you are grateful for today, what you enjoy doing, what makes you happy, what you like about yourself...

6. Eat chocolate.

Chocolate solves everything... well, almost.

7. Get out

Socialise. Go on -- I know you can! Sometimes it takes a lot to get out there, but when you do, it's so worth it.

8. Read

There is a wealth of self-help literature covering anxiety, stress, change, growth, and the list goes on. For me, I especially loved Quiet - The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain, as it helped me to really accept my introverted ways and realise how much nicer I needed to treat myself.

9. Meditate

Now this one takes discipline, so I tend to rely on podcasts and meditation apps. I love the podcasts by Mary and Richard Maddux at Meditation Oasis, especially the "Deep Rest Guided Meditation." I also love the "Deep Sleep" app by Andrew Johnson.

10. Discover mindfulness

Mindfulness is a new find for me and I'm loving it! It's all about present moment awareness and so much more. Check out The Miracles of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh.

What are your stress busters? I'd love to hear them!

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