Schedule worry timeJohnnyGreig
Some stressors demand immediate attention—a smoke alarm siren or a police car’s whirling red light. But many low-grade stressors can be dealt with at a later time, when it’s more convenient. “File them away in a little mental compartment, or make a note,” Dr. Elkin says, “then deal with them when the time is right. Don’t let them control you.” (By the way, here’s what successful people do during their commute.)
Shake it upkieferpix
Stand or sit, stretch your arms out from your sides and shake your hands vigorously for about 10 seconds. This exercise loosens the muscles in your neck and upper back; if they’re strained, they can cause a lot of pain. (Here are some other ways to relieve muscle pain.) Combine it with a little deep breathing, Dr. Sobel says, and you’ll do yourself twice as much good while still managing stress.
Munch some snacksbhofack2
Foods that are high in carbohydrates stimulate the release of serotonin, feel-good brain chemicals that help induce calm, says Dr. Cooper. Crackers, pretzels, or a bagel should do the trick. Be careful not to eat too many carbs, though. They can just increase your appetite instead of managing stress.