Quick, Easy Ways to De-Stress Throughout The Day


Taking several mini-vacations during a busy or dull day helps keep us relaxed, mentally refreshed, and our mood on an even keel.

A mini-vacation is simply allowing our awareness to be fully engaged in a simple and pleasurable, life-affirming activity for 15 seconds up to a few minutes.

Ten Quick, Refreshing Activities

  1. De-clutter or reorganize one closet shelf, one desk or kitchen drawer, one pouch or pocket in your purse or briefcase, one file folder, or one whatever.
  2. Keep a small bottle or two of your favorite mood-lifting aromatherapy scents at home and at work. The citrus smells of orange, mandarin, grapefruit, and lemon are known mood elevators. Sniffing peppermint is refreshing and helps clear the cobwebs from our mind.
  3. Put on some music and move to it. If you need to be energized pick something fast-paced. To help gather your thoughts or concentrate use upbeat music with a steady rhythm. Songs that flow with a 1-2-3 waltz rhythm or have a wandering melody provide a calming effect. No music handy? Just imagining a favorite tune can refresh the spirit.
  4. Own a gadget or stuffed toy that laughs or giggles when you press or squeeze it. Even if you do not feel jovial, it is hard not to at least smile when hearing infectious laughter.
  5. Let your eyes rest on beauty. Look at photographs or artwork that awakens your appreciation or sense of wonder for the natural world.
  6. Once a week or once a month, buy some scented fresh flowers for your home or office. They brighten any room and taking a few whiffs of their fragrance during the day is a subtle, sweet treat.
  7. Enjoy two or more easy stretches or yoga poses. There are plenty you can do while sitting in an office chair, just Google “chair yoga” to find some suggestions. However, it is wise to periodically standup and move around if you have a sedentary job.
  8. Take any available opportunities to get some fresh air and sunshine. A few minutes of sunlight provide us with the vitamin D we need to stay mentally and physically healthy. Even standing in a sunny window is beneficial if you cannot get outdoors.
  9. Close your eyes and think of a friend or family member. Let yourself feel appreciation for them and send them a mental thank you. If you have the time and inclination, send this individual an appreciatory text or email.
  10. Savor some fresh fruit, or a chunk of dark chocolate.

If you cannot enjoy simple pleasures such as these, you might be experiencing symptoms of depression. Consider seeing your doctor or a mental health professional.


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