While dealing with stress and anxiety can require a long-term plan and support from a medical professional, there are a variety of shorter-term ways to help minimize these negative feelings. Stress and anxiety can both wreak havoc on your body — physically and mentally — and it can’t hurt to give these methods a try, all in eight minutes or less.
- Take a short break. Sometimes between work and home life, taking a break doesn’t seem possible. Try stepping away for just a few moments. Give deep breathing, yoga, or meditation a try.
- Optimize a workout. Blow off steam in under ten minutes with a high-intensity workout. Mountain climbers and jumping rope might be good options to consider.
- Have a cup of tea. Prepping and sipping on tea is soothing and allows for a great break. The ritual of preparing of a cup of tea will give you time to think and embrace the moment.
- Check in with your body. Ask yourself what your body needs, and if you are going to eat, ask what kind of foods will help you feel the way you want to feel.
- Call a loved one. Connecting with a friend or family member doesn’t have to take long, and can be the stress release that you need to get through the day.
- Try a practice of self-care, such as meditation, prayer, or massage.
- Take a walk. Clearing your head and getting a bit of activity in will break up the day and leave you feeling renewed and refreshed.