1) Break the mood.
Stress is a mood, a grove, a mental state in which we sometimes fall without realizing the subjective and impermanent nature of our experience.
Break the mood. Get crazy. Depending on the circumstances; Smile or laugh without any reason. Burst out in a happy tune and if you can fill it do a little dance as well.
If the circumstances do not allow for an exuberant outburst of energy use this instead. Go on YouTube and watch videos of kittens and puppies at play.
And whatever you do don’t watch the news.
2) Talk to somebody about your problems.
We all know that talking about our problems with somebody that loves or cares about us is a great stress reliever, but did you know that actually, you can talk to anybody about it with similar results.
Use unconventional outlets like the people in HR at work, a priest or Rabi (it doesn’t matter if you are religious or not) or simply go to a privet place and talk it out loud to the walls or trees.
Just cleaning out your mind of all thought process for a while is enormously beneficiary.
If you know how to meditate you are probably already using this but if you don’t try this little substitute;
Breath slowly while counting the in and out of your breath.
4) Listen to sad music
It sounds counterintuitive; shouldn’t you listen to happy music? Yes and no. Sometimes happy music just irritates us even more so if you can get giddy with happy music OK but if you don’t try something like Mozart’s Requiem, Allegri’s Miserere Deus or simply good old fashion American blues.
This is especially useful since you can put on your ear buds in almost any place and situation.
5) Reminisce about happy times.
Looking at old photos of vacations or happy events in our past can also break a gloomy mood.
If photos or videos are not readily accessible just think about it.
Remember how it felt and promise to yourself you will repeat the experience in the future.
6) Take a walk
Taking a break and walking away from your problems even for a couple of minutes will help you relax and put things into a new perspective.
Nature is especially therapeutic in this case. Find a park, a beach, or a trail and take a walk.
7) Take a bubble bath
This is a cheap way of relaxing that will guaranty to make you feel better.
You can enhance the experience by adding soft music candle lights and even a glass of wine.
Of course, a spa experience with a nice massage will be even better but we are talking about cheap ways of distressing. It is the same reason I didn’t include sex in my list. I don’t know if that qualifies as cheap…
Anyway, I hope you’ll find something in this list to help you out relaxing and also if you have any personal favorite ways to relax please feel free to drop me a comment.