Stress can be positive and negative, but too much negative stress can take a toll on our mental and physical health. When we channel the energy from stress in positive ways, we can accomplish things that we never imagined. When a lot of stress builds up, we can have trouble getting our work done, feel unusually tired and lose our unusual motivation.

Here are some quick, easy ways you can lower your stress levels quickly

Deep Breathing

Loosen your clothes, close your eyes, mentally relax your body, and take 10 or more deep breaths. Your goal is to breathe into the bottom of your lungs not the usual upper lung breathing we do. Put your hand on your stomach and feel it move as you breath in order to make sure that you are getting the air in good and deep.

Each time you exhale, count silently : “one” after the first breath, “two” after the second breath etc. up to ten at least.

Visualize

Use positive imagery to boost your mood and enhance your visible performance. In your mind, picture the place that you love. Feel the sunshine on your face, or the breeze on your skin. See the things that you enjoy in great detail.

Music

Music has the power to soothe or to give us energy. It actually has healing power, too. Find the type of music that relaxes you, and play it when you need to calm down. When you feel tired and listless, play some rousing music to give you a pick up.

Acupressure and massage

Holding a finger tip to the point of most pain or tension and pressing very hard into the offending muscle for up to a minute can avert a headache or relieve tension.

Laughter

Laughter is the best medicine of all. A good belly laugh can lower blood pressure, slow your adrenaline, and reverse the stomach acid that comes with negative responses. Be on the look out for jokes and cartoons you can share with friends and family.

Replace worry with problem solving

Focus on what you can do, and then go ahead and do it. Chronic worriers tend to focus on what they can not do, what should be happening, or how things are going wrong. Replace worry with problem solving so that you identify where you can step in. Then stop waiting for the perfect time and just get on and do it.

Meditation

The purpose of meditation is to free your mind from its normal busy activities. There are several different techniques that can be used. Some people use a word as a focal point while others suggest you focus on a color.

Here is a good process for meditation. Sit quietly with your eyes closed and relax all your muscles from head to toe. Become aware of your breathing. Breath through your nose easily and naturally, in and out…Begin to silently repeat the word you have chosen or focus on the color you have chosen. In and out…Let distracting thoughts pass through your mind. Continue doing this for 15-20 minutes.

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