Keeping Calm: Five Ways to Quickly De-Stress During Your Day

Lately things have been insane… like every inch of my desk covered with work insane.  That coupled with the everyday stresses of bills, family, and trying to stay active, and I’m sure nobody could blame me for wanting to run off to an island for a week and escape all of this madness.  (A feeling I am sure most people can relate to.)  But, that is simply not an option right now – heck, even an hour thirty minute lunch isn’t even on the table most days!

So, I have developed some simple strategies to keeping calm and giving myself the little mental health break I need during the day, all of which can be accomplished in about the same amount of time as a smoke break (yuck), so my bosses can’t complain.  Really, I’d say that is a win-win, right?

Take a Walk

Sometimes all you need is a bit of fresh air to clear your head.  However, a full workout in the middle of the day is likely not an option for most, so once or twice a day I like to go outside and do a few loops around the building.  Not only is it a natural pick-me-up, but it also reminds me to get in those steps even on days that I wouldn’t otherwise be leaving my desk.


Me taking a few deep breaths while at a busy airport.

Me taking a few deep breaths while at a busy airport.

First off, let me confess I’m terrible at meditation.  My mom tried to teach it to me when I was younger and it just wasn’t for me.  Sitting in my own head-space used to lead to panic, not refreshment.  But, nowadays I have found that I can get into some deep breathing as long as I limit it to between 5 and 7 minutes; anything longer than that and I get anxious or distracted.  

Grab a Cup of Coffee

Not only does grabbing a cup of coffee give you a much needed caffeine bolt to power through the rest of the afternoon – can I get an Amen? – it is also the perfect opportunity to leave work behind for a few minutes and step away.  This allows you to come back to whatever project you were working on with a fresh perspective and, dare I say, a happier disposition!

Put on Your Favorite “Pump Up” Song

For me, my go to “pump up” song is Danza Kuduro by Don Omar.  (It was featured in the last scene of the Fast Five movie, and ever since hearing it I’ve been hooked.)  It is always on my phone, and I have been known to bop around to it at my desk, in my car, and even while cleaning the house.  And, at just under four minutes, it is the perfect length for a little break in the middle of the day.

Look at Old Vacation Pictures


My paradise.

This week has been particularly trying, so my husband and I have been sending each other pictures from our previous vacations to Cozumel throughout the day as little pick-me-ups.  Not only do they make me smile every time, but it is also like a little vacation just thinking about all the fun we had.

What are some of the things you do to de-stress?

xoxo – SavvySleever

One comment

    judy says:


    Just reading your lively whimsical style of writing is a breath of springtime. I still recall that cute line I read when learning about Hemp Hearts, “Hello delicious!”…

    All of your great ideas and the illustrations sing a song of “detaching” from the day for a bit. I have a visual that helped me years ago…I imagined myself in a sweet room “somewhere” and surrounded by a moat filled with glistening goldfish. Anyone who even thought of crossing that moat was distracted by the sparkle of the goldfish sparkling in the sun. Even on gray dreary days, this daydream/visual energized me! Thanks for a great post!

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