Five Wacky Ways to Reduce Stress

As a business owner you are likely bombarded with stress on a daily basis. Here are five wacky ways for you to reduce stress and lighten the mood.

Stress can seriously hinder your productivity at work, diminish your ability to manage your employees and have a very detrimental effect on your health if it’s allowed to continue for a significant amount of time. Often we are so caught up in what we’re doing that we don’t even realize that we are suffering from stress. If this happens, you need to do something that distracts you.

1. Leave an anonymous note or treat

It feels good to do something for someone else, no matter how small. Whip up a batch of cookies, or even buy them at the store, scribble a nice note to someone and drop it by their house. Except don’t wait for them to open the door and welcome you in. Leave the plate on the doorstop, ring the doorbell and run like the wind. Find a good hiding place and watch the smile on their face as they find an unexpected treat/note on their steps.

2. Spontaneous romantic act

Whether you are single or in a relationship, nothing can distract you from your regular daily stress than doing something romantic. If you are married, bring your spouse flowers or a special treat when you come home. You could also get a babysitter and surprise your significant other with a dinner date. If you are single, be bold and go ask that person you’ve had your eye on for months to go on a date with you.

3. People watching

Take a break from your own thoughts and head out to the mall or your local airport. Find a bench in a prime location and sit and watch the people walking buy. Whenever you see someone interesting, make up their life story. Bringing a friend on this type of outing can double your fun. Be sure to be as extravagant as you want when telling someone’s fake life story.

4. Bus tour

I’m not referring to an actual bus tour to a tourist site, but to hopping on any city bus, whether you know where it’s going or not. Take a seat and enjoy the ride. You might find new and interesting areas of your hometown that you had never noticed before. If you feel like it, say hello to the people next to you. If you are feeling really stressed and want to completely distract yourself, wear a mask or some other kind of costume while you ride. Watching people’s faces when they see you will be priceless.

5. Walk in a park with no shoes

If it’s winter, this may not be a good idea, but if it’s spring or summer, retreat from stress to the outdoors. Find a local park or less crowded spot on your college campus, pull off your shoes and meander around. Focus on the feeling of the pavement or grass under your feet. It’s a very pleasant sensation and sure to help you feel rejuvenated and relaxed.

Natalie Clive is a staff writer for My Colleges and Careers is an excellent tool for those looking to complete their college degree and attend one of the best online colleges.

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