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12 Quick and Easy Ways to Reset and Destress

Posted by Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT on December 20, 2017

Feeling overwhelmed at work? Stressed about your to-do list? Concerned about meeting deadlines? Use these 12 quick and easy ways to reset yourself during the day.

1. Go for a ten-minute walk

  • A brief walk can clear your mind of ongoing tasks and improve your mood.

2. Turn off your phone for 1 hour

  • Taking a break from technology can improve relationships with others, minimize distractions, and increase productivity at work or home.

 3. Play your favorite song

  • Playing your favorite song can improve your mood, and lower blood pressure and tension built up in the body.

4. Get coffee with a friend

  • Socializing with others can improve friendships, accountability, and distract you from challenges you may be facing.

5. Try a new yoga pose

  • Trying a new yoga pose can help your brain focus on a new challenge. This leads to improved energy, vitality, and circulatory health which decreases stress.

6. Close your eyes for 60 seconds

  • Closing your eyes helps block out distractions and improve brain power and memory.

7. Get some vitamin D

  • Going in the sunlight improves your mood, boosts immunity, and regulates sleep patterns resulting in increased health and wellness.

8. Go for a swim

  • Swimming is a great form of low impact exercise that rejuvenates your mind and body.

9. Make a home cooked meal

  • Cooking at home is beneficial to your bank account, body, and mind. Meals are typically healthier and it helps you practice mindfulness while eating or cooking.

10. Work on a puzzle

  • Puzzles improve your cognitive skills, problem solving, and fine motor development.

11. Walk your dog

  • Dogs are great walking companions because it establishes a routine to get outside and exercise.

12. Prioritize your to-do list

  • Prioritizing helps you focus on the task at hand and completing it within the appropriate time frame.


Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT

About The Author

Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT

Mairead is a registered dietitian, media personality, and founder of the popular health and wellness blog "My Healthy Ending." She studied Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University, completed her supervised practice at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer. Mairead’s philosophy is grounded in the power of whole foods, plant-based nutrition, and an active lifestyle.

Post Topics Yoga, Workplace Wellness, Healthy Lifestyles, Health & Safety, Stress