A few quick fixes can help you manage stress.
Anxiety is normal, but if you let it get out of control, it can affect your performance and lead to long-term health problems. Luckily, there are many effective ways to relax and ease anxiety, whether you’re at work or at home.
Meditation and breathing techniques can calm you, and they’re easy to practice anywhere. You can focus on a physical sensation, such as the rise and fall of your stomach, or a mantra that has special meaning to you. When thoughts distract you, don’t fight them; just return your attention to the meditation. For an excellent guided meditation, listen to this one from HelpGuide.
Visualizing a calming scene or place can also calm you down. For example, you might imagine lying on a beach and experiencing the smell of the salt water, the sound of waves lapping against the shore and the feeling of sun on your skin. You can also try using a video that has relaxing scenery or sounds, such as an ocean scene, waterfalls, outer space or a crackling fire.
Taking a walk, listening to music, and journaling are other good relaxation strategies. Getting involved in a regular enjoyable activity with friends, like a monthly racquetball game or bimonthly board game night, can also give you something to look forward to and help defuse stressful moments.