Learning when to stop sweating over the small stuff: 4 ways to de-stress

The head pounding, angry eyebrows and sprinting pulse are obvious stress hash marks. No one can escape it, and some stress can be good. The scary thing is that unalleviated stress can be harmful to your body. We’ve put together some easy ways to keep tension from keeping you down and taking over.

Accept what can’t be controlled. There’s no point in getting frustrated and mad at the weather or traffic. Take into account what you can change and what you can’t. Let go of the smaller things and recognize it’s just a minor setback for right now.

Hypnotize yourself. We aren’t saying go buy a pocket watch and sway with it. But spend some time focusing on what you need to accomplish and what’s most stressful. Then imagine yourself developing solutions for those issues and build your self-confidence first thing in the morning and throughout the day. The American Psychological Association says research has shown meditating briefly can reap immediate benefits.

Eat prettier. Porous meals or unhealthy foods add up to a tension-filled recipe for your body. According to the Stress Management Society, a nutritious diet is one of the simplest ways to relieve stress. The society says to eat the rainbow — a variety of types and colors of food contain different vitamins and minerals. Your body can get stressed trying to break down the same food over and over again.

Exercise (even when you don’t have time). Everyone has a crazy schedule that gets rearranged all the time. But getting in even a 20-minute walk, run or dance during a busy day can bring peace that could last for several hours, says the APA. There is always the long-term benefits of working out. But it’s a good battle plan for the immediate as well.