1. Get outdoors and enjoy the scenery
Take a walk! It doesn’t have to be a sprint or power walk for miles to be effective. You can even take a lap around the block at a comfortable pace. If you know an area with some captivating scenery, such as woods, the beach, or the city, simply sit outside and take it all in. Just 10 minutes can help!
2. Meditate and Visualize
Guided imagery is a great way to re-center. Close your eyes, put up a picture in your mind of your happy place, take a few deep breaths and talk yourself through your rough patch. Calming thoughts, along with deep breathing and thinking of things that make you happy can eliminate that stressful feeling. The best part is, meditation doesn’t require any specific skill. It’s all about turning the world off around you and finding your happy center.
3. Yoga, or just stretch
Sometimes just moving around can help you forget your troubles. The deep breathing associated with yoga and stretching can do double duty – help you exercise and breathing through whatever made you stressed. In turn, you’ll be more relaxed and feel physically on top of the world.
4. Have a healthy snack, or a piece of dark chocolate
A banana is a great healthy choice. It helps to regulate your blood pressure which could be rising due to stress. Other healthy choices to help beat stress include; slices of fruit, a handful of nuts, some whole grain chips and salsa, a fruit smoothie, some yogurt or a small piece of dark chocolate.
5. Step away from the computer and the smartphone
Too much staring at that a screen can make anyone a little anxious. Take a step back from technology and give your eyes and brain a break. Too much computer use has been known to cause insomnia, depression and added stress. So disconnect for a little while every chance you get. While you’re disconnected, enjoy some outdoor time!
6. Play with your pets
Petting your dog or cat can prove to be therapeutic and help beat stress. The feeling of being with your pets can help push your stress away! It can be relaxing for both you and your pet to just sit and relax together or play a game of fetch.
7. Put some music on
Whether it’s pop music, oldies, dance or whatever, music has been known to soothe the savage beast. Stress overload can make you feel a little like a beast so why not stop it in its tracks with some dance moves or singing?
8. Talk to a trusted friend
Really need to let it out? Talk to a friend you trust. You’ll get to let it all out and maybe get some good advice in the process. And the laughs will just be an added bonus. Laughter is the best medicine.
9. Got kids? Pull out the coloring book and crayons
Coloring has been known to be very therapeutic for adults. Spend some quality time with your kids by coloring with them. Even though some days it’s the kids who cause the stress, they can also be the remedy.
Joan Wolff, Deerfield Health Retreat & Spa | January 11, 2017
Nestled in the wooded hills of the Poconos mountains, Deerfield, one the premier retreats in PA, is a friendly, casual adult destination spa that favors health over hype and laughs over luxe. It’s been family owned since 1979. The northeastern spa’s refreshingly simple, quaint accommodations are appointed with cozy linens and sunny décor. And thanks to its two state-of-the-art gyms, a heated outdoor pool, gazebo-enclosed hot tub, complimentary Wi-Fi access, outdoor sport court, and full-service spa, this refurbished Victorian home earned a slot on Spa Finder’s Top Ten list.
When you stay with Deerfield Health Retreat & Spa, you do not need to think or worry about your diet. You choose what you want to eat from the menu, and we serve three meals and two snacks a day. All promoting healthy weight loss but delicious as well. Even if weight loss is not on your agenda, our spa cuisine supports your health and fitness, and may inspire you with new recipe ideas once you go home. If you agree it is time to take care of yourself, Deerfield is your destination for relaxation and pampering while you work on your weight loss goals. Our full service spa menu and highly trained professionals will help you do just that.