When stress makes you feel bad, do something that makes you feel good, even if it is only for 10 or 15 minutes. Here is a list of activities. Find one or two that may work for you:
- Phone a friend.
- Meet (virtually) a friend for coffee or a meal.
- Participate in sports activities like golf, tennis, or basketball.
- Play with your kids or pets – outside is preferable.
- Listen to music or watch an inspiring performance.
- Take a walk in nature.
- Take a bike ride.
- Take a relaxing bath.
- Practice yoga or tai chi.
- Work in the garden.
- Do a home improvement project.
- Make art — draw, color, or paint.
- Do a hobby and/or craft such as sewing, jewelry making or woodworking.
- Play a musical instrument.
- Work on a scrapbook or photo album to focus on good memories.
- Read a book, short story or magazine.
The key is to find something or several things that work for you and to make them a regular practice. Doing “feel good” activities as part of your routine help prevent stress and disrupt the stress cycle. You can have power over stress by being proactive and incorporating nourishing and enjoyable activities in your life.