Are you stressed? No matter who you are or where you are in life, the answer is probably yes. We all have at least a little tension in our lives. Finding the right balance between productive stress and harmful stress is the key – too much can cause high blood pressure, fatigue, heart problems and general depression.
If you’re not sure if your stress levels are in the healthy range or the harmful range, try an online assessment.
De-stress right now. Since laughter is one of the best ways to blow off some steam, click your way to a clearer head through some of these funny links:
- Pop some bubble wrap.
- This kitty is surprised.
- Funny babies!
- Sneezing baby panda.
- Visit Pinterest.com and select the humor category. Do a little perusing.
For other ideas to utilize laughter as a stress-reliever, use these links below.
Laughter as a Learning Tool – Elementary and Middle School
Making Time for Fun is No Joke – College and High School
Laughter as a Stress Buster – Families
Boosting Morale with Humor – Workplace Wellness
Food for the Soul – Faith Communities
Five Minutes a Day
Got five minutes? Then you’ve got time for a little stress relief. In just 300 seconds, you can do a lot for your emotional well-being. Here are some ideas.
Don’t think you have five minutes? You’d be surprised…
Five Ways to Find Five Minutes
Between juggling your work calendar and your family calendar, it can sometimes seem like a few minutes of “you” time is impossible to achieve. Because even a short amount of time to de-stress is critical to your mental health, we’ve found five ways for you to snag a few minutes of your own undivided attention. Check them out here.
Connect with your Purpose
People who know their purpose in life live longer and are happier people overall. Figuring out your purpose in life will likely be a work in progress, but try these resources to get you started on the right path:
- Have four minutes? Take the Blue Zones® True HappinessTM test, a four-minute survey that will give you the most thorough “happiness index” available. At the end of the survey, you’ll learn about steps you can take to increase your happiness based on the answers to the survey.
- Have 15 minutes? Answer these 15 questions to get a little closer to understanding your life purpose and how to develop your own personal mission statement.
Find Your Center/Connect with Seven
With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, many of us don’t take the time to connect with our loved ones if they aren’t right there. It’s usually just a case of out of sight, out of mind – which means it’s easy to forget that you have a built-in circle of support all around you. Take a few minutes to remind yourself of all of those people by filling out our easy worksheet, then vow to connect with at least one person from the list every day for the next week. It doesn’t have to be an hour on the phone – just a quick call to say hi or an email to say you were thinking of them.