Tips on Reducing Stress and Staying Happy

by Her Happy Balance on January 10, 2013

Now that the holiday season is over, all of those events that went on hiatus for a little while are coming back full throttle. College kids are back in school and the only work holidays I’m currently looking forward to are MLK day and Memorial Day all the way in May. Sigh. Needless to say, having lots of things back on your plate again can be a little stressful. Here’s some of the ways I like to fight the stress:

  • Drink a lot of water. When people start to get busy, they forget to take care of themselves. This includes forgetting to get their recommended 8 glasses of water in each day. Stress can also make us crave sugary foods and drinks. Things like soda can actually help to dehydrate you leaving you with a headache. Take a water bottle with you to work or school so that you always have something within reach to quench your thirst and keep you feeling good. Water has been shown to increase our energy levels and improve mood.
  • Tune into some relaxing music. I had a particularly stressful day at work once and discovered that Pandora radio has a relaxation music channel. Add it to your favorites list. You can thank me later.

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  • Take some time out from technology. Many of us rely on our computers for our jobs and school. Add that to ourΒ incessantΒ use of smartphones and I can admit that I pretty much don’t ever go an hour without plugging into something. Give your eyes a rest.
  • Make sure you’re eating a balanced diet. Check this article out on the top 10 stress busting foods. Things like almonds and blueberries can help stabilize your mood while sugary sweets can have you swinging from one mood to the next.
  • Set aside some time each day for “me time.” Do something you love, whether it’s reading a book, taking a nice long hot shower or bubble bath, or treating yourself to a nap. Just take time and remember to do something for yourself.
    These aren't my feet, but this is definitely one of my favorite indulgences :)

    These aren’t my feet, but this is definitely one of my favorite indulgences πŸ™‚

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  • Workout. According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise can help ward off anxiety and help increase endorphin levels. Plenty of studies have been done on stress reduction being correlated to working out, but seriously just go and see for yourself. There are few things that a long run or iron pumping session can’t help. At the very least, they help improve self confidence and oftentimes make us feel more level or clearheaded.

    Went to the gym last night, it was mobbed! Got in a quick half hour on the bike though!

    Went to the gym last night, it was mobbed! Got in a quick half hour on the bike though!

  • Spend time with family and friends. These are the people that know you best and can oftentimes recognize that you’re stressed out even before you can.
  • Go outside. Take a walk. This is especially great for those who work inside office buildings all day. How many hours of a day do you sit in your computer chair? Instead of taking a coffee break (which can be loaded with caffeine making you jittery) take a break to walk outside and breath in some fresh air.
  • Watch a comedy sketch. Let me help you get started on this right away, here’s a clip of one of my favorite comedians in action:[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cP4zgb9H3Cg]

Here’s my favorite stress buster of all, you ready? Your heart may melt…

  • Go to a pet store and stare at the puppies! This is what I like to call happiness therapy. You literally cannot go to a pet store and play with the puppies and leave upset.Β 
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You can’t look at this little guy and not smile!
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But if I could really have my way, all pet stores would carry baby pandas.

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Obsession.
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Thoughts??

Whats your go-to stress reducing solution?

What animal do you wish you could have as a pet?

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The Classy Bee January 10, 2013 at 10:03 am

Omg baby pandas!!! Have you ever seen a baby sloth, they’re the ugliest cute animal in the world…I just can’t handle it. good tips girlie!

Her Happy Balance January 10, 2013 at 8:41 pm

Aww a baby sloth! I could spend hours at a zoo, I’m pretty much a 5-year-old. And thanks, Bethany!

Alisha January 10, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Great tips! I especially like the “take a break from technology”. Something to work on!

Her Happy Balance January 10, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Me too! It’s one of my 2013 goals. But if you have to stare at a computer screen all day, at least put a fun background up. I’m currently looking at my favorite beach vacation spot πŸ™‚

Cookie Dough Katzen January 10, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Awww the puppies and pandas! I love that I had an idea about stress tips but as soon as I saw those little cuties my mind instantly went to them. If I could have a pet (one day) I would definitely get a puppy! What about you? Oh and Pandora is the best for not so great days!

Her Happy Balance January 10, 2013 at 8:44 pm

YES. I am puppy deprived!!! One day (far future) I will have a nice little chubby puppy to roll around with πŸ™‚ And Pandora is a savior. Gets me through those long days at work!

TorontoRunner January 10, 2013 at 3:10 pm

I can’t even tell you how BAD I am at drinking water.. πŸ™

GREAT tips – especially the one about going outside – very, very important!
My go-to tips would be exercising – those endorphins are no joke. And, you mentioned it, relaxing music! πŸ™‚

Her Happy Balance January 10, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Maybe get a cute water bottle, that way you’ll want to use it and show it off! And thank you! Pretty much can’t live without a trip to the park now and again and a good sweat session πŸ™‚

jumpeatrun January 10, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Great tips! I want a panda πŸ™‚

Her Happy Balance January 10, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Thank you! I am definitely in love with all things pandas πŸ™‚

jessiebearwhat January 10, 2013 at 8:41 pm

with school starting I need to follow these tips!

Her Happy Balance January 10, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Good luck! Kick butt and take names in the collegiate world!

Omada Idachaba January 12, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Great article! Thanks for providing the resources. I love trying new things. Today, I went for my first dragon boat practice and boy! was it both fun and a great work out (exercise). The water and breeze were lovely and I got to meet some really nice women.

Her Happy Balance January 13, 2013 at 10:19 pm

Sure thing on including the sources πŸ™‚ Congrats on trying something new! That sounds like an awesome and really fun way to get a workout in! I hope you really enjoyed it!

Alyssa January 26, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Great tips! I love taking a bubble bath or just exercising to reduce stress. πŸ™‚

Her Happy Balance January 26, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Bubble bathes are my “me time” there’s something about pampering yourself that makes you feel better πŸ™‚ and nothing beats a crazy workout!

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