If stress is causing you to clench your fists, it’s time to unwind with a handful of inexpensive remedies. Designed for all the senses, the following approaches will make you loosen your grip and feel zen again.
Wild at heart
Soothe your savage beast with some harmless destruction via the free downloadable games at http://desktop-games.en.softonic.com.
I feel your brain pain
Not only do Office Stress Reliever Toys break your tension, they help break the ice at business meetings. Imagine unloading a barrel of squeezable sticky brain stress toys onto a conference table prior to a brain-storming session. At just a buck a brain, the price is a no-brainer. To order, visit www.officeplayground.com.
Your cup runneth over
Drinking herbal tea can do wonders for your disposition, particularly ginseng tea which clears out mental exhaustion, reduces stress, and can even help you sleep. At less than $10, it’s as easy on the wallet as it is on the nerves. Check out the offerings at www.puritan.com and www.vitaminshoppe.com.
Keep your eyes on the prize
Based on the scientifically researched method of stress-proofing, The Big Book of Stress Relief Games: Quick, Fun Activities for Feeling Better helps alleviate high-pressure situations with 50 games and exercises compiled by Psychology Today Editor-In-Chief Robert Epstein. Both paperback and Kindle versions are less than $20 at www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com.
Sounds like teen spirit
While singing relieves stress, performing at a karaoke bar may cause some. That’s why the Singing Machine 4TV brings thousands of songs and the power of MP3+Graphics to your home. Compatible with your PC or Mac, this fun item can be had for $39.99 at Musician’s Friend and $49.99 at Toys R Us.
A sigh of relief
Breathing exercises with a breathing trainer help you to properly use your diaphragm which contracts and relaxes to pull air into and push air out of your lungs. Unfortunately most people do not fully use their diaphragm when breathing but proper breathing (otherwise known as stress relief breathing) can better oxygenate your body so you look and feel less stressed! Designed for individual use, the BPA-free Breathslim® Device is less than $50 and includes an instructional manual and DVD. To order, call 1-866-Slim Slim (754-6754).