Check out these fun, creative stress busters – because finding the most unusual ways to relax is the best way to deal with everyday stressors.
Here are two ways to bust stress to start: wear an eye patch when you’re feeling irritable, and get out your hula hoop! Both will lower your blood pressure and help you stay healthy.
“Stress is basically a disconnection from the earth, a forgetting of the breath,” says writer Natalie Goldberg. “Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important. Just lie down.”
If simply lying down and reconnecting to the earth doesn’t work for you, read on for some fun stress busters. Some are right from the author of Don’t Get Mad, Get Funny! A Light-Hearted Approach to Stress Management, Leigh Anne Jasheway-Bryant. Others are from various stress management experts.
1. Do the polka
“We have a CD called ‘Polka Therapy,’ which was written as a ‘drug-free way to cope with the stress of modern-day life,'” says Cheryl Miller Thurston. “We’ve taken ordinary problems and written polkas about them. We’ve got, for example, the “Road Rage Polka,” the “Pooper Scooper Polka,” and the “Middle-Aged Hip-Hop Polka.” There are many more, and they really are funny. I’m a big believer in humor being one of the biggest stress-relievers in the world.”
To listen to the CD and learn more about this stress buster, go to PolkaTherapy.com.
2. Enjoy a blast from the past
Humor and stress management expert Leigh Anne Jasheway-Bryant teaches and uses many unique stress busters and unusual ways to relax.
She recommends “blowing bubbles, hula-hooping (which also burns off calories and tones the core at the same time), bouncing on a mini-trampoline while working through problems (it reminds your body and mind that resiliency, the ability to bounce back, is important and often easy), and using a funny handshake when arguments are getting nowhere.”
And she offers another way to reduce stress: “I suggest playing ‘So You Think You Can’t Dance’ while making up really funny dance moves or going for a funny walk – the goal of which is to spot as many things that make you laugh as you can.” – Leigh Anne Jasheway-Bryant, author of Not Guilty by Reason of Menopause.
3. Do the hokey pokey – a creative, fun stress buster for families
“My kids are ages 11,9,5,4, and 1,” says Christina Seine of Wasilla, Alaska. “I’m formerly a journalist and assistant editor of our local newspaper, and am home schooling the oldest four. I run and operate my business from home. Plus, I live in Alaska, where there can be weeks at a time during the winter when the weather is 30-below and it’s just too cold to go outside. That means six people in one house 24/7 and it can get a little, um, crowded sometimes.”
“However we have found a fool-proof stress-reducer – it’s never failed us yet,” says Seine. “When the older kids are banging their heads against the table because the math problems are insolvable, the 3- and 4-year-olds are in a life-and-death battle over who the dinosaur set belongs to and mom is freaking out because she can’t find the packaging tape and there are 14 orders that must go out THAT DAY, we always fall back on … the Hokey Pokey.
The rule is that everyone in the house has to participate. Everyone. At first it’s “MOM, not the stupid Hokey Pokey! It’s dumb!” But it’s impossible to stay grumpy while shaking your left elbow at everyone. It’s even better when grown-ups have to participate and Dad is out there with his leg in the air. It always ends with us all in a heap on the floor in masses of giggles. “That’s what it’s all about.”
For more stress busters, read Coping With Stress – 10 Ways to Change Bad to Good Stress.
What’s your most creative way to bust stress? Comment below!