Ever have one of those days? you hit snooze a few too many times, drag yourself out of bed feeling less than enthusiastic sporting teenage skin and hair that is beyond control, haul yourself into the shower after which everything just seems to go wrong. You burn your toast, the post arrives with utility companies making financial demands, you stub your toe leaving the house, get caught in traffic, arrive late at work, receive an infuriating email from your boss. All the while you curse the day, feeling like all you want to do is crawl under a rock somewhere and hide. Goodness knows, we’ve all been there. Daily stress is real.
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When life throws you a curveball, here are a five things you can do to cope with daily stress and avoid spontaneous combustion:
Take a break: If you’re at work, walk away from your desk, wherever you are, stop what you’re doing, take a short break. When everything goes wrong it can be easy to build up anger, frustration and pent up energy which you’ll inevitably channel in all the wrong ways, prolonging the roller-coaster of disasters. Avoid any distractions and try one of the following..
Take deep breaths: Try a kind of on-the-go meditation, sit still or walk quietly outside for a few minutes. Take 10 deep breaths and think good thoughts. Imagine your family, eating a good meal or a place and time when you felt happy. Take 10 deep breaths. Deep breathing is not only relaxing, it’s been scientifically proven to affect the heart, the brain, digestion, the immune system, these techniques are not new. In India, breath work called pranayama is a regular part of yoga practice. Yoga practitioners have used pranayama, which literally means control of the life force, as a tool for affecting both the mind and body for thousands of years.
Stretch: If you can’t make it to the gym, try doing stretches, shake out the tension and anxiety in your body and help to relieve the daily stress. If you do have the chance to go running or for a complete workout, exercise until you sweat. This has been shown to relieve stress and anxiety and act as an anti-depressant.
Write: Sit back, move away from the computer and write down ideas for how you can solve your issues. Write a to-do list or action plan, list simple tasks you can undertake until you’re feeling back to your usual self.
Be grateful: I try to think of everyone and everything in my life I’m grateful for. So, even if I’ve stubbed my toe and feel like screaming, I can always summon up thoughts of happiness and why I’m grateful to be alive. Imagine those you love and the things that make you smile!
After one of ‘those’ days have a long hot bath, put on your favourite pj’s, get an early night, smile and know that everything will look better after a good rest.'A smile is a curve that sets everything straight' -Phyllis Diller Click To Tweet