Easiest way is by exercising – if your muscles aren’t too tired. Exercise is proven to release serotonin (which is the happy hormone). Maybe not advising to take long marathons or flipping over a horizontal bar, but a walk, leg-lifts, torso twists will do just fine. Some video have simple exercise routines you can do even at the workplace. Most times they help us fight off the angst and pressure from work.
Try to make yourself smile
I have a folder of interestingness – a name I call it, of favourite articles, videos, stories, podcasts, etc., that I have confidence in to get me laughing any time. You probably do not have to build a happy corner like mine, but just a visit to watching cats purr on YouTube might do the trick. A recent study says the humor we get from cat videos is actually good for us. So watch away.
Sniff some citrus
Seriously, take out some aggression on peeling that orange, and then smell away. Studies have shown that the scent of a peeled orange can drastically reduce stress.
Stretch it out
Besides the physical benefits of stretching your muscles, adjusting your posture and body position can help you feel more relaxed by lowering blood pressure and breathing rate, which in turn helps to relieve stress. Voila!
This breathing exercise, created by John Sahakian, a Los Angeles-based clinical hypnotherapist and yoga instructor, takes three minutes and can be done while sitting in your car between errands. (No oms necessary.)
Break out the crayons
Studies have shown that adult coloring books can help with everything from stress and work performance to insomnia. So what are you waiting for? Grab some crayons for those moments when midday your Van Gogh strikes. This also works fine when you’re trying to squeeze out the creative juice.
Take a hike
OK, so this one may clock in at a little over five minutes, but it’s well worth it. The change of scenery, the fresh air and a few good minutes with your own thoughts can help put your mind at ease.
When all else fails, allowing yourself get a little angry will help you release that negative energy and move on with your day – AHHHH! Scream into your pillow maybe and there, Ah! So much better.