6. Write down everything you have to do
"Writing gives form to your ideas and gets them out of your head, freeing up bandwidth and preventing you from crashing your browser like a late night downward spiral on Wikipedia. Getting important ideas down alleviates the stress of losing your thoughts to time or an overcrowded mind," says writer Gregory Ciotti of Help Scout.
So, if you haven't already, put everything you have to do down on paper. Then, tackle each assignment one at a time, rather than trying to do all of it at once.
7. Write down everything that's bothering you
Similarly, studies show that writing down your feelings helps you process them faster — and thus rid yourself of the bad ones.
Spend a couple minutes between projects jotting down all the things causing you stress — an annoying co-worker, an unreasonable boss, a broken printer, nothing's off the table! Once you get them out of your head and on the table (literally), you can move on and focus on what really matters.
Just, um, don't use any names or leave that paper hanging around.
There's a reason they're called "stress-relief coloring books."
And you don't have to create a work of art — simply filling in a few designs can distract you from the worries of your day. It's not about productivity, says Muse writer Stacey Lastoe on her own coloring book experiment, "but rather that we need to work 'mindless' play into our days."
You can find free coloring book templates here (or go above and beyond by ordering one of these awesome coloring books online.) And don't worry if you don't have colored pencils handy, I'm sure you can get your hands on a few highlighters.
9. Put on your favorite song
Besides giving you all the feels, music is a huge stress-reliever. Blast just one of your top tunes (through your headphones, obviously), and you'll forget all your worries — or, at least reduce them a bit.