9 Ways To Let Go and Feel Less Pain & Stress

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1. If possible, express your anger to the person who offended you.

Communicating how you feel may help you move on. Keep in mind that you can’t control how the offender responds; you can only control how clearly and kindly you express yourself.

2. Express your feelings through a creative outlet, like blogging or painting.

Add this to your to-do list and cross it off when you’re done. This will be a visual reminder that you have actively chosen to release these feelings.

3. Make a list of your accomplishments—even the small ones— and add to it daily.

You’ll have to let go of a little discontentment to make space for this self-satisfaction.

4. Laugh it out.

Research shows that laughter soothes tension, improves your immune system, and even eases pain. If you can’t relax for long, start with just ten minutes watching a funny video on YouTube, Facebook or Instagram.

5. Remind yourself that anger hurts you more than the person who upset you,

and visualize it melting away as an act of kindness to yourself.

6. Engage in a physical activity.

Exercise decreases stress hormones and increases endorphins, chemicals that improve your state of mind.

Focus all your energy on something you can actually control instead of dwelling on things you can’t.

7. Imagine your life ten years from now.

Then look twenty years into the future, and then thirty. Realize that many of the things you’re worrying about don’t really matter in the grand scheme of things.

8. Take responsibility.

Many times when you’re angry, you focus on what someone else did that was wrong, which essentially gives away your power. When you focus on what you could have done better, you often feel empowered and less bitter.

9. Replace your thoughts.

Notice when you begin thinking about something that stresses you so you can shift your thought process to something more pleasant, like your passion for your hobby.

H/T:  Tiny Buddha