It’s Friday – you should feel on top of the world, but instead you’re feeling stressed. Here’s some expert tips to help beat that awful feeling quickly, so you can enjoy your weekend.
Have a Hi-Chew
Stressmasters’ James Petersen says the action released calming brain chemicals. (Which also may explain the stress-eating thing…)
Jump, rock or tap
According to psychologist Geoffrey Favaloro, rhythmic movements help to promote happy feelings; so just drumming your fingers can really make a difference. We are going to go right ahead and say playing Piano Tiles counts. Look it up. Bonus: any kids in your life will think you are super cool.
Want to look as calm as this lady? What she's holding may be the trick. “A stress ball works for many people,” says psychotherapist Richard Ede. Squeezing a pillow or even just a jacket will have the same effect.
Seeing is believing
Richard advises visualising a positive outcome to avoid feeling overwhelmed and like you’ll never overcome the situation.
Share the love
James’ favourite fix is a hug – “It immediately reduces stress.”
Taco bout it
“The first thing is to acknowledge the stress. Don’t push it down. Express it in some way, talk to your friends… get it out. If there’s no-one around, dancing is a great way to release stress!” Geoffrey says.
This article first appeared in the July 2013 issue of CLEO Australia. Additional reporting: Claire Starkey
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