Being a parent can be tough, compiled with juggling family and work responsibilities and obstacles that happen in life beyond our control. According to the Mayo Clinic, "stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. Stress that's left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes." Being able to recognize common stress symptoms can give you a jump on managing them. So, we've done our homework for you and found the top 6 ways for you to de-stress in 60 seconds or less!
Write it Down - We can't tell you how many times we've stressed out worrying about how much needs to be done today...tomorrow...this week...does it ever end? Sometimes all of the thoughts of what you have to do are really what causes the feeling of being overwhelmed. Put a stop to that immediately by grabbing a pen and put to paper in order of importance all the things you need to get done...today...tomorrow...this week. Not as long of a list as you imagined right?
Relax every muscle in your body - The great thing about this quick stress zapper is you can do it anywhere that you can sit. Start with your arms and let them just hang on the sides of your body. Try to relax every single muscle at the same time (this includes that constantly thinking brain of yours) for 30 seconds. Shake it off and go back to your business a little less anxious.
Focus - Stare at a point on the wall in front of you and then focus your eyesight until you can see what is going on next to both sides of you through the corner of your eyes. This allows you to completely take your mind off your stress for a few minutes and concentrate on something simple.
Tidy Up - Being in a room or office full of clutter can cause more stress than what is actually worth stressing about. Take one minute to clean up an area that needs some organizing and you should feel a little more accomplished.
Breath From Your Stomach - Breathing from the stomach allows your body to receive 30% more oxygen. This helps your brain and will help decrease your stress and anxiety.
Sing, Smile and Scream! - People sing and yell to express their emotions. Whether it be that singing provides you with enough positive stimulation to help overcome some of the stress or the screaming allows you to get out some of the pent up angst, you'll feel much better. If you happen to be in an area where singing and screaming are not possible, then smile for an extra 60 seconds :)