3 Ways to De-Stress When You're on the Go

3 Ways to De-Stress When You're on the Go

Here are 3 things you can do to help ease your stress levels right now.


By: Karen Walrond

There are so many tips and tricks on how you can reduce stress in your life — from routinely getting eight hours of sleep to having a regular exercise regimen. This is all well and good, of course, but sometimes you’re stressed and angry and how, exactly, are you supposed to calm down if you haven’t had eight hours of sleep in months, and you can’t find your elliptical under all the clothes your kids have piled on top of it?

Never fear, friends. Here, to keep in your back pocket to use when major anxiety suddenly strikes, are four things you can do right now to help ease your stress:

1 . Make a Cup of Tea
Although it makes no logical sense (since both coffee and tea contain caffeine), coffee is usually associated with "waking up," while tea is associated with "slowing down." So whenever I feel my blood pressure rise, I make a cup of tea (decaffeinated, if I'm really stressed). In fact, I even travel with tea — I always have a little baggie filled with my favorite teabags in my handbag. I take my own tea to drink on planes (I'm a nervous flyer), and often make myself a cup at night to wind down after stressful days on the road. Tea is like my instant reminder to breathe.

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2 . Music, Music, Music
For me, music is everything. A while back, I was having a pretty lengthy procedure done at the dentist and, to get ready, my husband put together a special playlist to take with me, filled with songs that would make me happy and help keep me calm while I was in the chair. I call it my "Keep Calm and Carry On" playlist. Put together a special one for yourself and listen to a song or two when you need a break. Make it a family affair with a playlist your kids will love to hear, too — you never know, having a sing off on your way to dropping the kids off at school might just be the perfect cure.

3. Breathe
Take a second to yourself and in a quiet place, be it the kitchen pantry or a kid-free car, and close your eyes and breathe — it’s the simplest form of meditation. Inhale for one slow count, then exhale for one slow count. Then inhale for two slow counts, and exhale for two slow counts. Next, inhale for three slow counts ... and so on. Try to get to 10 slow counts, and when you think you can't inhale any more, just do it anyway (or get the closest you possibly can). Finally, exhale for 10 slow counts. Then open your eyes. I guarantee you you’ll be in a better frame of mind and will feel refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of your day.

What’s your favorite way to tackle stress when it feels like you have a million things going on at once? Please share your tips in the comments below; we’d love to hear from you. Log in or register for P&G everyday to get started.



When she isn't sharing tips on StyleUnited on how to add more awesome to your life, you can find Karen on Chookooloonks.com. She's on a mission to prove to you that your life is filled with different, unique moments of beauty, starting with her book, The Beauty of Different. Her work can be seen on Babble.com, TEDxHouston and USAToday.

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