Visualization. This involves mental imagery to unwind and relieve stress. By accessing your imagination, you can achieve a more relaxed state of mind right where you are sitting!
Stay in contact with loved ones, including family and friends. Connecting with others can lead to increased happiness. Taking the time to reach out to your family and friends will reduce stress.
Try to avoid increasing use of alcohol and other drugs. During times of stress, substances can offer a false sense of happiness. Be mindful of any substance use and work toward practicing other coping skills to improve your mood and decrease your stress.
Strive to sleep and eat well. Maintaining a healthy sleep hygiene has been found to improve a person’s mood and reduce their stress levels.
Information retrieved from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA, 2020)