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My 10 Fast and Easy Ways to Release Stress


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My 10 fast and easy ways to release stress..I forgot about using these..and guess what? I have been feeling “on edge” these past couple weeks.  I know that mental health is connected to physical health.  And things have been CRAZY lately…I mean like really crazy..along with rain, kids complaining,  not sleeping enough.  I think I haven’t been using my fast and easy stress releasers!  I better get going! 

Everyone has their secret ways that they use to calm down…Here is my list, can I hear some of yours? 

Dancing, Exercise, Music, Humor, Talking, Meditation, Wine, Nature, Sun, Sound

1.  DANCING  I’m sitting here watching some super cool dance videos on the tube.  You know what? If someone walked in my house and dragged me out dancing…you can guarantee I would be a new person in the morning. But even just throwing on some music in the house and start to move is fun! My kids love to do this too. 

2.  EXERCISE Give me a major 1 hour good music of course…!  Drinking lots of water along the way…again- I feel like a new person. Don’t belong to a gym?  That doesn’t matter, just get on the sneakers and just major powerwalk or major moving for as LONG as you can!

3.  MUSIC Music is SOOOOO underrated.  Give me good music that fits my mood…That is therapy. Sit down, deep breaths….and listen to beauty. 

4.  HUMOR My laugh favorite?  Seinfeld episodes on DVD… Sometimes it just takes watching a half hour of Jerry and again..I feel like a new person!

5.  TALKING Things get really bad?  Nothing like a good friend that listens, I pick up the phone and call someone who I know will listen…They will appreciate it too because we all need to feel needed as a friend. 

6.  MEDITATION I am not the crazy meditation type..but Yoga, Pilates, staring at the moon…or a hot night like tonight , looking at the stars..Find meditation techniques that work for you and use them. 

7.  WINE?  Ok…or a Gin and Tonic…or a Baileys, or even a Perrier with a twist of lemon or a Coca Cola.  I am not dependant on alcohol, but sometimes just to sip and savor and nice tasting beverage is what the doctor ordered, in moderation of course. 

8.  NATURE Moon, Stars, Sun, Plants, Garden, Trees, Green…Nature…very understated. Very important…and usually right outside the window. 

9.  SUN..I know, got to watch how much we get…but, I admit, when it is sunny, I try to feel that beautiful hot feeling on my face.  Does a world of good and adds Vitamin D to your system! 

10.  SOUND OK, the biggest secret here in the 10 stress relievers…I adore to sleep with a fan..with white noise. And I know there are many of you out there that also adore noise.  Give me the sound of the ocean, my fan, my music, my kids talking…ahh…I feel better already. 

So, any of you have any secret stress relievers?

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5 Responses to My 10 Fast and Easy Ways to Release Stress

  1. Leen June 22, 2010 at 13:53 #

    I loved reading your list! Just thinking of all those wonderful things brings a smile to my face!

    • mbrighton June 28, 2010 at 04:12 #

      Leen, how important to reduce stress! Thanks for your comment 🙂

  2. Carmine Aivao June 2, 2010 at 11:48 #

    Jerry Seinfeld is one of the funniest comedians ever…his Seinfeld show was hilarious!

  3. Kathi May 27, 2010 at 00:52 #

    It makes me happy to just read the list. I enjoy doing all those things too. Petting a dog or cat, singing, and doing jigsaw puzzles work for me too.

    • mbrighton May 28, 2010 at 09:43 #

      Hi Kathi! Thanks so much for your comment…I think everyone has their ways to decrease the “stress” in their life..or just maybe to bring some pleasure to everyday life! I liked your list too! Have a great day!

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