20 Ways to De-Stress in 10 Minutes or Less

All of us get stressed out sometimes. It’s a common side effect for continuously kicking ass and taking names, but even this side effect has some quick cures. What you absolutely shouldn’t do is sit there in frustration tears and let the stress take over. As natural as it is, stress can kill. Here are twenty tips if you’re feeling insanely overwhelmed:

1. Exercise

You don’t have to dedicate an hour of your day to the gym – the thought of that sounds stressful to me now – but simply walking or jogging on the treadmill for ten minutes is enough to clear your head and boost endorphins.

2. Get away from your laptop and phone

As much as I love the Internet, sometimes it’s just not very good for my mental health. We don’t often think about it, but we CAN just close our laptops and walk away.

3. Make-out with someone

Grab someone cute and kiss them – this releases endorphins, and it’s also just really fun.

Okay, as long as it’s not your cousin.

4. Put on Pandora

Or Spotify, or the dozens of other free online personalized radios we listen to when we’re sick of our Itunes. Okay, so I’m an awful flyer. Like, I need two Screwdrivers before I can even step foot inside an airplane, and even then I’m the one who gasps whenever there is even a slight shudder and asks if everything is OK. What really, really helps me is listening to music. Whether it’s happy music like The Shins or Feist, or intense, go-getter beats like The Glitch Mob or Beyoncé, you’re bound to feel calmer or at least rejuvenated.

5. Go on Pinterest and get inspired

I know I said to stay away from your laptop for awhile, but the Internet can be inspirational. Log into your Pinterest account and start planning for ways to redecorate your living room. Look up some DIY crafts, and pin down some cool recipes you’ve always wanted to try. Beat stress with creativity, goals, and fun projects.

6. Watch a hilarious Youtube video

While you’ve got your laptop open again, watch some hilarious baby and puppy videos. I know we’ve got plenty of those here!

7. Squeeze your pressure points

Whenever I’m at wit’s end (or have a really bad headache), I always press on the area between my pointer finger and thumb. You can also apply pressure to the space between your second and third knuckle, and this should “create a sense of instant calm,” according to Sharon Melnick, who wrote Success Under Stress.

8. Buy yourself a bouquet of flowers

Whenever I think of buying myself flowers, I think of Clueless and when Cher buys herself flowers to make that one guy jealous. But ordering yourself a bouquet of daisies or tulips once in awhile never hurt anyone (unless you’re actually trying to make someone jealous). Nature is really good at showing stress what’s up. Having some plants around the house or in your office is a nifty way to decrease stress levels, researchers have found.

9. Spend a little bit of time in the sun

If you spend a lot of time inside (guilty!) your body might be confused about what time it really is, and this can trigger stress. According to Julie Holland, an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine, “Exposing your retina to sunlight resets your circadian rhythm so your brain is on schedule.”

10. Watch a really sad movie

I know this seems counterintuitive, but a pretty recent study illustrates that watching a sad movie while reacting positively can actually help you with more tougher issues in your life. If you have more than 10 minutes, browse through Netflix and see if you can find a real tearjerker, like Blue Valentine. If you need something quick, watch this really sad gum commercial:

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