10 Ways to Reduce Stress

img_2220It’s that feeling of being pushed to your limit, feeling like you’re not doing good enough, and you can almost FEEL your hair turning gray. It’s a nasty part of life that we have to endure at times, there are so many people and situations that are going to cause you stress. Below I’ve made a list of things that help me relax when I feel stressed.

  1. Deep Breaths
    I am constantly around people at work so this is the quickest and most appropriate method to cope with stress for me. Just taking in about 4 or 5 deep breaths sends a message to your brain which then tells the rest of your body that it is time to relax.
  2. Music
    Music is such a huge part of my life and it genuinely makes me so happy. When I feel stressed, getting lost in the lyrics calms me down.
  3. Silence
    There are times when music doesn’t help though. There are times when I have been around people all day and I just need a moment to myself with complete silence, nothing but me and my thoughts. One way that I do this is by sitting in my car, music off, and just the faint noise of the engine running. I will sit there until I am relaxed again.
  4. Taking A Drive
    Hopping in the car with nowhere in mind to go is another method that helps me release some stress. My favorite thing to do is drive next to the beach or the river and then pull over and enjoy the scenery. The countryside is also nice to drive in, just looking out into pastures and feeling free.
  5. Animals
    If you’re not a fan of animals, skip to the next item on this list. And also we would probably never be friends. However, if you like animals like me, they are so amazing with helping humans deal with stress. When I was going through a rough patch in life, I decided to get a puppy. BEST DECISION I EVER MADE. I know that it isn’t possible for everyone to just get an animal. Some places where you live won’t let you have them, or your parents won’t allow you, or maybe you don’t have the time or money to have your own pet. And please DON’T get an animal if you don’t intend on loving it and keeping it and taking care of it. But you can go to your local animal shelters and spend time with some of the animals there. Honestly, they need it more than you do. You can even make some extra cash by pet sitting or dog walking. Animals are an amazing gift and they are so helpful when you are feeling down.
  6. Beach
    Unfortunately not everyone can enjoy this as often as I can, but if you live near the coast, or even a river or a lake, there is something about being near the water that is just so calming and relaxing. One of my favorite, and extremely cliché things to do is to walk on the beach at sunset.
  7. Exercise
    Working out is another amazing way to flow off some steam. There are some people who can’t wait to get to the gym, who practically live at the gym… and then there are people like me, who have to be motivated to go. But when I actually get there, I feel so good about it. Just stepping through the doors gives me so much satisfaction because I know that I am doing something to improve my health. And then, leaving.. having done a killer workout, or even if you didn’t go hard at all, you still leave feeling proud of yourself for having went.
  8. Make a Phone Call
    For me, I can always count on my mom to make me feel better. She is super funny and can always guarantee a laugh. Calling a close friend or family member just to hear their voice and maybe catch up is a great way to alleviate stress.
  9. Watch A Movie
    Watching movies is one of my favorite things to do. There’s nothing like a goofy comedy to put you in a good mood. It could also be a romance or your favorite movie that you’ve seen a hundred times. If you’re anything like me, a Disney movie always does the trick. So grab a snack and your favorite blanket, kick your feet up, and just veg for a couple of hours.
  10. Hot Shower
    There is something about a nice warm shower, or bath if you’re into those (I’m not but I know fizzy baths are all the rage right now) that is so soothing and relaxing. When I am in the shower I can just feel the grime of the day wash away. It’s also the perfect place to gather your thoughts and make plans. Or maybe I’m the only one who makes plans and lists while in in the shower? Anyway…

So there you have it, all the ways that I deal with stress.  There are so many ways to treat yourself, and if you don’t see something listed here that helps you, share it in the comments! I’m always game for trying new things 🙂

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