How to do You De-stress?




verb: destress

relax after a period of work or tension.

"others come simply to de-stress and to enjoy the exercise and relaxation classes"

- Google Dictionary

There are a great number of recommended de-stress exercises that I have read about or that have been suggested to me over the years. Going to the beach, on a cruise, a long drive, or a weekend in the mountains always works, but their not quickly accessible options all the time. Sometimes you need to be able to take a quick break, regain your composure, re-center, reset your perspective, and return to work.

When I worked in Roswell, GA several years ago, there was a Krispy Kreme doughnut shop about 3 blocks from my job. When things got hectic and I needed a break, I would walk over, get a cup of coffee, and a hot sugary blessing from God, and then return back to the job.

When I moved to Saint Pete and began working in Tampa, sometimes it was a short walk over to Starbucks for a flat white. But what really worked even better was to walk all four floors of the parking deck. Not only did it change your attention and focus, it burned off some calories, burned off some adrenalin, and provided 15 minutes or so of reset.

Since moving back to South Georgia and working from home, I've continued using this method by walking 3-4,000 steps around the neighborhood during my lunch break. It's been very relaxing and gives me time to meditate, think without pressure, pray, and appreciate all of the nature around me.

Wednesday was one of those days when I really needed the break and it was raining. I didn't let that stop me. A long walk in the rain really settled the anxiousness and frustration.

Stressed? Do yourself a favor. Take a long walk.

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