When stress feelings start to bubble up, it’s important to try and break the cycle, and change your energy, explains Kelsey Kennedy, the founder of Blossom & Stone. “Nothing can do that faster than taking a dance break,” she says. “With a double hit of dopamine and endorphins releasing, a midday dance party is a great way to banish stress.”
Yep, you read that correctly: it’s time to get frisky. Whether you have sex with a partner or you engage in self-pleasure, this type of activity is a fantastic stress reliever, according to Jennifer S. Heslop, a certified leadership coach. “To become aroused requires stimulation, physical and mental,” she explains.
Much like the ‘Sunday Scaries’ for people who don’t love their job, daily triggers are everywhere when you’re suffering from anxiety. The best way to combat these feelings is to disrupt your schedule, according to Lauren Krasnodembski, founder of the Mind Muscle Motivator and the upcoming author of ‘Reclaim Your Power: A Guide to Allow Your Passions and Purpose Discover You!’ “This could be as simple as taking a new route to a location that you go to several times a week, trying out a new restaurant or coffee shop, taking a dance class, or maybe getting up a little earlier and starting the day for you!,” she shares. “Whatever it is, disrupt your routine and cycle.”
Challenge yourself to go for a walk, recommends Drew Cali, a psychic medium and reiki master teacher. If you can, take your 15- to 30-minute stroll outside, in nature, with your phone on airplane mode. “All you must do is literally put one foot in front of the other and breathe! When starting out, do not overdo it. Approach with a nice and easy attitude,” he explains. “This could potentially be a game-changer in the long run for a better physical, mental, and emotional sense of well-being and a more positive outlook.”
When scary thoughts are spiraling through your mind, it can be difficult — if not impossible — to gain control. Before you surrender to the stress, try to discover ways to distract yourself that are healthy. While, this may include talking to a friend or moving your body, it can also be helpful to get creative, says Andrea Dindinger, a licensed marriage and family therapist. Her two biggest recommendations are magnetic balls and a water painting craft. “These fun, colorful magnetic fidget balls help you stay focused when your stress and anxiety start to peak, whether it’s separating them into different colors, making them into a huge rainbow ring or just feeling the cool smoothness on your hand,” she explains.
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