Ever feel like you need to hit the reset button—fast? Here are some quick tips to help you recharge on the fly.
Write down something you are grateful for.
Get outside for a break. Breathe in the healing power of fresh air.
Stop what you are doing and take 10 deep, long breaths.
Thoughts are powerful! Pause and pay attention to yours.
Take a Bath or Shower
Take a whiff of something wonderful… a flower, lavender oil, an orange.
Take a short walk.
Listen to your favorite song or music genre.
Turn off your phone for three minutes (disconnect from technology) and breathe.
Daydream; think happy thoughts.
Grab a stress ball and give it some good, hard squeezes.
Notice your posture. Bad posture can lead to increased stress, muscle tension and pain. If you’re stuck at your desk most of the day, slouching can result. Lift your head, elongate your spine and drop your shoulders. Breathe.
Lie down and close your eyes for a bit.
Stressed people speak fast and breathe shallow. By slowing down your speech you’ll feel less anxious and more in control of any situation.
Read something just for fun.
Drink a glass of water or a cup of tea.
Practice getting to know what kinds of things trigger stress for you. Be curious about your reaction and how it makes you feel then get creative about ways to just let it go. Breathing helps.
Have a snack you enjoy. While chewing your food, practice mindful eating by paying attention to the texture and flavor.
If there are clouds, look for objects, animals and faces in them.
Journal your thoughts – either on paper or on your phone.
Organize something: Your locker, a part of your room, your school binder.
Find an inspirational poem or saying that you like and write it down or memorize it.
If you have long hair, braid it.
Doodle on a piece of paper.
Build a fort using whatever you have (a blanket, a desk, pillows, a big box) then relax in it.
Do a quick muscle relaxation: Tense different parts of your body and hold for several seconds. Then release.
Play music and notice how the beat and rhythm feels inside of you. Move your head or body, sway or dance to express how it feels to you.
Take off your shoes and walk barefoot in the grass (but not in the winter when it is really cold outside!)
Learn to juggle. It uses different parts of your brain and changes the rut stress creates.
Sit up straight and interlock your fingers behind your head. Pull your elbows back, stretching your upper back and chest muscles. Bring your elbows forward. Repeat.
If you’ve been sitting a lot, stand up and walk around.
Reward yourself when you make it through a stressful day. Recharge and energize yourself with a favorite book or activity.
Find a form of exercise YOU enjoy, schedule time to do it.
Do something that makes you laugh
Scratch a dog behind the ears or play with a pet
Do a good deed or volunteer
Say something kind to someone, in person or in a text or email.
Try out a relaxation technique such as meditation or guided imagery
Talk about your feelings with a friend, parent or someone else you’re close to
Stop comparing yourself to others; it only puts you in a negative mindset.
Don’t chase perfect, chase perfectly healthy and happy.
Use the thumb and index finger of one hand to squeeze the soft spot between the thumb and index finger of the other. Hold and count to three. Switch sides.
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