It’s completely normal to feel stress throughout the day. There are plenty of stress triggers that can make you feel irritable and cranky — a long day at work, lack of sleep, a visit to the doctor’s office, spending an hour in traffic, or even looking at the weather outside.
Luckily, there are plenty of different ways to immediately overcome your stress, no matter the trigger. Here are some of our favorite ways to de-stress in just a few short minutes throughout the day.
Go for a walk
It’s all too easy to feel stressed out and angry if you are staring at a computer screen for eight hours a day. The key to getting rid of your stress before it takes over your entire mood is to nip it in the bud. The next time you find yourself feeling irritable at your desk, go for a nice 10-minute walk. The mixture of getting your blood flowing and breathing in fresh air will help decompress you in no time at all.
Nibble on a healthy snack
A culprit behind your cranky mood could simply be that you haven’t had enough to eat. Nibbling on a healthy snack with some protein and fiber — think nuts, granola, and fruit — is the key to staying healthy and feeling satisfied.
Take a social media cleanse
Many of us are addicted to social media even though research has proven it causes stress. Social media is meant to be a fun way to connect with your friends, but some people find themselves feeling jealous or even angry at their friend’s experiences online. Being mindful of your social media usage is the key to knowing when to stop.
Use heat therapy
Heat can instantly relieve stress, so do yourself a favor and invest in a heated back wrap that you can use at home and a microwaveable neck heat wrap to use at your desk at work. Heat will ease muscle tension, making you feel loose and pain-free. Never underestimate the joy a simple heated back wrap can bring you!
Change your sheets
A full 85% of sleepers have ranked the comfortable feel of their sheets and bedding as an important way to get good sleep. A simple change once a week can not only keep your sheets soft and clean, it can help you drift off with a smile in no time at all.
So the next time you’re feeling stressed, try out a few of these tips and see how your mood can change! You just might be surprised at how well they help the stress melt away.