Controlling Stress — 7 Suggestions.

Good piece in the New York Times today giving 7 suggestions on how to control your emotions during this time of stress.. “When Small Things Become Insurmountable.” Seems pretty simple but they are good suggestions.

 1. Breathe

  • As clichéd as it sounds, stopping to take a breath can snap you out of your mood. When you are feeling your worst, stop and take two minutes to inhale and exhale deeply. 

2. Apologize

  • If your blowup involved another person, simply apologize.
    And after apologizing, 

3. Exercise

  •  A single bout of exercise can boost positive feelings for a few hours afterward. 

4. Tackle a challenge

  • Sometimes you just need a distraction. A hard puzzle or game can be the perfect antidote.

5. Find a way to connect

  •  Most of us feel starved for that contact right now. Call a friend, do a video chat, or even just sit on your fire escape and wave at the person in the next building over.

6. But skip the punching bag or scream session

  • Venting your anger may actually make you feel worse. 

7. Find what you’re thankful for

  • A lot of things in the world are bad right now, but figuring out what you’re thankful for can help you bounce back.
    Expressing gratitude for the people or things in our lives “can help us feel more connected and inspired to help others.”