We've all been there. Everything is going great, and then suddenly anything bad that could happen crashes down all at once. On the days where it feels like everything is spiraling out of control, take a deep breath and think of these six tips to help you weather the storm.
- Listen to music: Music can help alleviate any bad mood. One study found that listening to music released dopamine, which helps with feeling relaxed, less anxious and not as stressed.
- Work it out: Countless articles and studies show the positive effects exercise can have on the body when it comes to relieving stress. Have you ever found yourself debating whether you're too stressed to exercise? Next time, consider this scenario SELF
- Take a nap: Feeling overwhelmed? If you lie down and take a quick nap, you may find when you wake up you feel more refreshed and have a clear mind to tackle the day' challenges. Even if you're not able to sleep, by letting your heart rate slow down, you'll give yourself time to create a plan of attack. Don't forget to consider your sleep environment, too; you'll want to go somewhere you can relax and have a comfortable pillow handy, such as the REM-Fit Adjustable Pillows.
- Watch a funny video: If you have two minutes, watch one of your favorite YouTube videos. If you're able to genuinely laugh, you'll most likely feel a lot better after. It' amazing the effect that laughter has on the body.
- Focus on what you can control in that instant: By concentrating on only what you can do at that exact moment, you'll realize that you do have power over your bad day. A lot of times, a bad day seems terrible because things happen that are beyond our control. Turn your day around by focusing your energy on one thing at a time.
- Hug or give someone a high-five: Research shows that physical touch can be a mood booster. It also can make you smarter and less stressed. Why don't we give high-fives more often?