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Do something pleasurable or relaxing for a little while such as reading, watching TV, or taking a shower. If you are glue to computer working on assignment or deadline, step outside for a few minutes and get some fresh air.
Focus on your breath, pushing all other thoughts aside. Be conscious of the breath coming in and going out; focus on the sensation of inhaling and exhaling.
It does not mean sitting crossed leg on the floor and burning incense. There are different ways to mediate. Even a minute can make a difference. Be in the moment noticing everything around you and just observe without reacting.
Often, one’s faith can be a comfort. Saying a small prayer or series of prayers can be calming.
Practice tensing and then releasing each of your muscle groups (if you are able).
Exercise can be a great stress reliever. It helps you blow off steam and releases endorphins. Take a walk or go running. Remember to practice safe distancing!
Walking or running are great rhythmic activities that readjust your focus and relieve stress. You can also drum on a table with your hands or a few pencils.
Doing something creative that you enjoy like cooking, baking, art or photography can take you away from the stress at hand. For example, cooking or baking requires focus, concentration and physical activity—especially if you are making bread or rolling out dough.
Write your stress away in a journal, take out your colored pencils and paper and focus your concentration on drawing, or have coffee with a trusted friend and just talk.
Sight, smell, sound, and taste—you’ll be amazed how quickly the stress melts away when you focus on just one of them. Eat something that you crave and savor each bite. Light a scented candle and breathe in your favorite scent. Listen to a wonderful piece of music and let it take you away. Look at something beautiful in your surrounding that makes you stop and stare.
There is no one-way to de-stress. Find what works for you!