So, what happens if you try all of these and other well known stress busters, and you are still feeling anxious, and stressed out?
Perhaps you should try some proven, little-known techniques for reducing the amount of stress in your life. Take the following lesser-known steps for stress-relief and see if you will experience more peace and tranquility, and less anxiety in your daily routine.
1 – Break Out the Nail Polish or Permanent Marker
Don't worry men, you are not going to be painting your nails. Using nail polish, or some other type of permanent marking device, place a small dot of color on your cell phone, where you can't miss it. Tell yourself this is a reminder to calm down and relax before you answer your phone. Seemingly endless telephone calls and text notifications can create high levels of stress. When you see that colored dot, pause, take a deep breath, and smile before you answer your phone or text.
2 – Rubber Band Your Wrist
Have you ever seen someone with a rubber band around their wrist? Aside from being a possible fashion statement, they may be using this as a stress-reliever. It is easy to condition yourself, and you can use a rubber band to do so. Every time you feel stressed or anxious, pull the rubber band away from your wrist and release, letting it give you a light snap on your arm. This attaches mild pain to stress, and over time, can condition you to avoid the things which cause you to snap your wrist.
3 – Up Your Vitamin C
The physiological process that happens inside your body when you ingest vitamin C naturally lowers stress levels. Just 2 glasses of orange juice each day can significantly lower your cortisol level. Cortisol is known as the stress hormone, and regulating it can significantly reduce the possibility of stress.
4 – Start Chewing Gum
Chewing a stick of gum does more than freshen your breath, chewing gum can also "reduce anxiety and depression". It also increases your alertness, so keep some gum handy.
5 – Blow Up a Balloon
This activity may draw stares, but it works great for relieving stress. The deep breathing required to blow up a balloon calms you down. Besides, how can you feel stressed out and anxious when you are performing a fun, childlike activity like blowing up a balloon?