Write down your tasks
When you are stressed, you struggle to find perspective which might be the most important thing at that point in time. In such a scenario it is best to write down the tasks that need to be done, even if it involves having a difficult conversation with someone. You can write down the process of dealing with your finances, your work and your hobbies when you find yourself in a stressful situation. This action helps you focus on the job at hand and helps your brain stray away from your negative thoughts. There are studies which suggest that primary healthcare workers can reduce their stress levels by writing down their feelings. If it works on them, it could most certainly work on you too.
Drink a glass of water
Water is rightfully termed as the elixir of life in the Atharva Veda. When you are dehydrated, there is an increase in the production of the stress hormone cortisol. If you find yourself in a stressful take a step back and drink a glass of water which will reduce the level of cortisol in your body thereby de-stressing you.
Breathe in, breathe out
Generally, when you are stressed or in a panic you find yourself taking short, shallow breaths. This is not good to de-escalate the situation. Instead, you should take long deep breaths that will calm your senses and help your mind calm down and reduce the effect of stress.
Walk out of an argument
An argument might be one of the principal causes of increased stress in your life, and unless you want to burden yourself with more stress, it is best to stop arguments and walk out of the situation to help decrease your anger and stress levels gradually.
Clean the clutter
When you live amidst a cluttered environment, it increases your stress levels and makes it difficult to concentrate on the task at hand. A few studies have shown that working and staying in a clutter-free environment reduces the effect of stress on the individual. Thus, make it a point to keep your surroundings clean.
Go for a jog
Stress makes your muscles tighten up and this restricts the blood flow around your body. If you are feeling somewhat down or stressed, try going for a jog or to the gym where the body will be forced to focus on the current moment than on negative or stress-inducing thoughts. The body also releases endorphins after an exercise session which has a positive effect and helps you calm down.
Eat an apple
When you feel stressed you feel the need to indulge in comfort foods like pastries, pizza and a whole lot of processed food which is not good for you. There is a good chance that you can go into overdrive when you start consuming these foods and this makes the stressful condition last longer than usual. Therefore instead of consuming processed food, eat something like an apple that provides the necessary vitamins and minerals that boosts brain health and betters your mood.
Listen to music
Put on your headphones and groove to the tunes of your favourite songs when you feel stressed. A variety of studies confirm this process has a calming effect on your mind and can help sidestep the negative thoughts that are currently occupying your brain.
Even if you have to force a smile, do so as you will start to feel better and then start laughing. This a therapeutic process as it helps solve both physiological and psychological problems. Full-fledged, "holding-your-belly" laughter isn't recommended if you are suffering from heart or respiratory problems. But, a little humour never hurt anybody, so smile your worries away!
Listen to your body
The answers that we seek to stop stress may sometimes be present within the body than outside it. It is therefore recommended that you listen to the needs of your body attentively. Sit down in a place with least distractions and think of how you can solve the problem from inside out. This process helps your body relax and can help you take charge of the present moment.
Talk to your buddy
Talking to near and dear ones might be one of the ways to lift the weight of your shoulders. Talk to people whom you trust and those who won't take advantage of your vulnerability. When you talk to people you tend to untangle yourself and thus make fewer mistakes in the future.
Sleep over it
Stress has a negative impact on sleep. However, not getting enough sleep might worsen your stress. Therefore when you find yourself in a vulnerable position mentally, take a break and get a quick nap. Even a power nap that lasts between 20-30 minutes can get the job done.