Side Note: Buy a slurpee, large coke, milkshake, etc and pop some popcorn to enjoy with the movie. Eating makes people happy. Did you know when you eat during your stress-busting session calories don’t count??
2. Go on a drive and listen to your favorite music. I heard from a friend who took a psychology class (so you know it’s true) that many people find taking a drive to be relaxing because it gives you the feeling of being in control. You’re in control of the car, your destination if you have one, your radio station – the whole trip, long or short as it may be. This is particularly therapeutic if it’s a beautiful summer night. I think another added benefit is the alone time factor. You have as much time as you want to sort out the thoughts in your head, if you want to do that.
3. Spend time with your favorite four-legged friend. Petting an animal is shown to reduce blood pressure, never mind that often pets are great company when you can no longer tolerate the presence of other humans. If you have a dog, take him or her for a walk. Then you’re busting calories and stress! If you’re a cat-lover, like me, cuddle up and take a nap with your kitty. (I am also a nap-lover so this busts double the stress for me.)