One important stress management technique is detachment, which helps build resilience.
An example is taking a vacation. One powerful and healthy way to detach that you may not have heard of is “flow activity.” A flow activity is any activity such as gardening, painting, reading for pleasure, needlework, or dancing that can absorb your complete attention in a meaningful, goal-directed, pleasurable, and completely distracting way.
When you are busy and under stress, it’s easy to fall into an “eat-sleep-work-repeat” cycle. Interrupting this course of stress with two to three hours a week of flow activities that help you completely detach will significantly elevate your happiness. You will experience more balance and engagement with your job.
Source: UTEAP FrontLine Employee (October 2016)