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Relaxation Techniques for 8 Stressful Situations

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  • Find Your Technique

    Find Your Technique

    There are as many techniques for stress relief as there are types of problems. The secret is knowing which ones to use when. If you’ve found that deep breathing isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, change up your approach to fit the situation and you’ll be breathing easier in no time.

  • When You Break Something

    When You Break Something

    The next time you drop a dish or bust a gadget and feel like screaming, meditate on this belief central to Buddhist thought: nothing lasts forever. Buddhists believe that accepting impermanence can help free you of suffering. Instead of breaking down, take a moment to acknowledge the impermanence of all things and accept it by saying to yourself, “Ah, there it goes.”

  • When You’ve Had a Fight with a Loved One

    When You’ve Had a Fight with a Loved One

    Though having a fight can make you want to reach for a martini, alcohol can affect both your emotions and your judgment. No matter who you feel is at fault, you’re better off staying clearheaded and making amends as soon as possible. Apologizing for your part in the dispute can go a long way towards finding a resolution and easing the stress level of both parties.

  • When You Don’t Get What You Want

    When You Don’t Get What You Want

    There are many situations in life where you’ll end up holding the short end of the stick no matter how hard you tried. Rather than beat yourself up, remind yourself that not reaching a goal is part of the process of paving your own path. Redirect your attention from what you’ve lost to what you’ve learned and you’ll find it easier to accept disappointment and move on.

  • When You’re Dealing with a Difficult Personality

    When You’re Dealing with a Difficult Personality

    We’ve all had people in our lives who are abrasive or worse. When you find yourself face to face with someone who often makes you uncomfortable or angry, try the technique of disengagement. Either calmly walk away and go do something completely unrelated, or meditate on something you’re looking forward to. You’ll not only defuse a potential conflict, but you’ll also be able to continue your day in peace.

  • When You Feel Anxious

    When You Feel Anxious

    Sometimes you may feel worried for no discernable reason. This “free-floating” anxiety can keep you from eating right, sleeping enough, and feeling your best. Physical activity is a great strategy to combat mental unrest. Go to the gym and use the power of exercise to get out of your head and tap into adrenaline and endorphins for relief.

  • When Your Computer Crashes

    When Your Computer Crashes

    The panic caused by a dead computer often arises when you haven’t backed up your files. Turn a potential meltdown into a mild inconvenience by taking some time each day to save your work. Consider using an external hard drive or an online file storage system that you can access when your computer fails. Better save than sorry!

  • When You Lose Something

    When You Lose Something

    Losing something can call up a range of emotions, depending on the value you placed on the object that’s missing. For example, items with sentimental value are more difficult to replace than even the most expensive items. If you’ve lost something you can’t recover, practice deep breathing while you remind yourself that you only lost the item, not the person, memory, or feeling you associated with it.

  • Think First, React Later

    Think First, React Later

    Experiment with techniques and practice whichever ones work best for you. By taking a moment to assess the situation at hand before blindly reacting to it, you’ll give yourself the opportunity to respond appropriately and avoid additional unnecessary stress.