Finding stress management activities that are effective in relieving your stress is important... but it's also important to be sure that those activities are ones that you enjoy. Why? Because if you don't enjoy them, you're not as likely to participate in them as often as you need to.
Managing your stress should be an ongoing effort, so be sure to choose activities that are also convenient for you to participate in.
When choosing an activity that will help to relieve your stress, don't be afraid to be creative. Any activity that makes you feel good, lowers your heart rate, creates a calming or happy effect can be one of your activities of choice.
When thinking about different stress management activities that you can participate in, it's helpful to come up with as many options as possible. Spend a little time and sit down with a piece of paper jotting down ideas. List activities that you will be able to participate in regularly, and also list activities that will be a special, once-in-a-while type thing.
Once you have your list, keep it handy so that you're able to quickly identify a stress management activity that will work for you when you need it.
When you come home after experiencing a lot of stress at work, your list will come in very handy. In the heat of a stressed out moment, it's sometimes difficult to come up with ideas of things to do to help you relieve stress. If you've already spent a little bit of time coming up with a list of activities you enjoy and that you know work for you, it'll be much easier to choose one and put it into practice when you need it.