We can’t avoid stress altogether, and probably shouldn’t. Any psychologist will tell you it provides the adrenaline needed to escape danger in scary situations. But over time, and in a not-so-dangerous modern context, excess stress can really wreak havoc on our health. Since we can’t escape it altogether, these stress management activities can help you keep anxiety in check.
Take a Tech Break
Turn off your computer, phone and other devices to truly get away from it all — even if only for 20 minutes. Even the technophiles among us may not realize how draining it is to be available to the world 24/7. If it makes you feel better, set up an “away” message so you won’t leave friends, relatives and co-workers hanging.
Nothing gets your mind off the daily grind like planning for an exciting project. Whether you’d like to go to Costa Rica or want to start building a new career, the first step is getting inspired. Compiling an inspiration board will help put you on the path toward planning for your next adventure or creation.
Creating an item, developing a skill set or building something from the ground up are all wonderful stress management activities. From starting a patio garden or learning coding to refinishing a thrift store table or taking cooking lessons, you’ll have a new “happy place” to escape to when the going gets rough. As a special bonus, you’ll experience a confidence boost that will help you deal with bumps in the road.