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I’m back today with another great stress buster that you can do anytime anywhere. To borrow a line from a game show, I’m giving you the option to “phone a friend”. Think of it as your very own safety line whenever you are feeling particularly stressed out.

What’s Bothering You

There’s something about saying it out loud and communicating what’s bothering you with someone you trust. Just letting it all out is a freeing feeling. After the call you’ll feel calmer and like a burden has been lifted off your shoulders. While it may do nothing about what caused you to get stressed out in the first place, talking it over with someone that’s on your side helps clear the fog and allows you to see everything clearly and possibly in a new light.

If nothing else, calling a friend and doing a little complaining about it, gives you a chance to vent your irritation and frustration, so you can come back with a clear head and get to work on finding a solution to what caused you to become stressed out in the first place.

Reasons Why It Works

There are a couple of reasons why calling a friend works so well as a stress buster. The first is that it’s easy and convenient. You probably always have your cellphone with you and no matter where you are, you can usually step away for a few minutes and make a call.

It’s also helpful that you can’t see the other person when you’re on the phone. You won’t be distracted by facial expressions, body language, or things like a new haircut. You can focus on what’s stressing you out and do so quickly. Often, the faster you can let off some steam, the better. You want to be able to calm down before you say something you’ll regret later. Of course the less time you spend in a high state of stress the better for your mind and body.

Be Prepared

To prepare for the next time you find yourself in a stressful situation at home or at work, think of a couple of people you would call and make sure their contact information is in your phone. I suggest you pick a couple of people because not everyone will be reachable and ready for a quick chat at any time during the day.

You can also pick different people for different situations. Maybe you trust one very close friend and feel comfortable enough to complain about relationship trouble. Someone else would be better suited for work trouble because they work in the same field or know some of the same people so what you’re saying will make more sense to them and they will be able to relate.

Ok, make that list and remember to use it next time you find the need for a quick stress buster…

Don’t Miss A Thing

In case you missed one of the emails and posts, here are the tips I’ve shared so far:

Day 1 Welcome And How Relaxing More Can Help Reduce Stress

Day 2 The Dangers of Stress

Day 3 The Importance Of Rest And Relaxation

Day 4 Quick Stress Buster: Take a Nap

Day 5 How To Know That You’re Too Stressed

Day 6 Quick Stress Buster – Take A Breath

Day 7 Not a Paradox – Relax and Get More Done

Day 8 Quick Stress Buster – Go For A Walk

Day 9 Are you putting yourself first?

Day 10 – Have You Tried Meditation?

Day 11 – Work Hard & Play Hard

Day 12 – Stress Buster: Plant Something

Day 13 – The Value Of Doing Nothing At All

Day 14 – Quick Stress Buster: Start Journaling

Day 15 – Your Stuff May Be Stressing You Out

Day 16 – Quick Stress Buster: Lose Yourself In A Book Or Movie

Day 17 – Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Day 18 – Quick Stress Buster – Laugh Out Loud

Day 19 – Active Relaxation vs. Passive Relaxation and Why You Need Both