12 Ways to Relieve Stress

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  1. Take a long bath or hot shower: This is the best way to relieve stress. I love to take a hot bath and keep lavender and peppermint scents around me. The key to helping relieve some of the stress is adding in a lavender or stress relief soap. I also love to put some essential oils in my bath. If I don’t have time for a long bath though, I’ll just hop in the shower and still use that same soap. Either way it is a great way to relax and take your mind off of things.
  2. Play your favorite music: I have two different playlists for when I need to relieve some stress. One is a playlist of my favorite slower songs. I like to listen to those when I need to calm down or when I’m in the bath. My other playlist is some of my favorite upbeat, pop music. This is great for when you just need to dance it all out and get rid of that stress. Both are equally effective when it comes to getting rid of stress.
  3. Take a break from technology (even if it’s for an hour or two): Sometimes I find my stress can come from when I get distracted on my phone or computer because I just lost track of time and wasted an hour doing nothing. I think taking a break from technology allows me to have some time for myself or others. Also, social media can tend to add stress because sometimes there are negative things on there or you can end up comparing yourself to others and so it’s good to disconnect from it for a little bit.
  4. Treat yourself to something small: I find that making time for yourself can be so hard sometimes! It is super important to find that time for yourself and treat your self to small things here and there. Whether it’s splurging on Starbucks or a new pair of shoes, it is essential to keep yourself happy as well as others. However, I sometimes need to remind myself that I don’t need to “treat” myself everyday. Lol.
  5. Go for a walk outside: This weather is the perfect time to take a walk. Walking is a great way to relieve some stress because it gets the blood flowing and I personally feel way better after a little exercise. By going outside and enjoying nature it can take your mind off of everything else. I like to take a scenic walk and enjoy the color change of the leaves right now.
  6. Read a book (or any article): Distracting yourself in a book is such a good way to get your mind off of everything that is stressing you out. Books are great because you can get so intrigued and your mind is solely focused on the story. If you don’t have time for a book, articles are also a quick way to get your mind off of things.  I like to pick something enjoyable like fashion or life articles, but you can choose anything you like.
  7. Light a candle or use aromatherapy oils (lavender, chamomile): I am such a candle person. Personally, lighting any scent candle calms me down because I love smelling them around the house. Vanilla pumpkin scent is my current obsession because the smell of fall makes me so happy! But for many the smell of lavender or peppermint is proven to be very calming. For some people candles don’t work and they use essential oils. I love oils because you can use them in so many ways. I personally like to use them in a diffuser and keep that near my bed. Chamomile is a great one and it really seems to calm me down. You can get just about any scent in oils and I also love to use that when my immune system is getting run down.
  8. Journal your feelings: This is something I have recently started doing. All my life so many people I know would journal everything and I never understood it until lately. I used to feel funny writing my feelings down, but now that I have started doing it more, I really enjoy it. It is a great way to get out any thoughts or feelings without having to share it with others. I am super personal about things and I do not like to share that stuff so I found journaling it all down has helped so much. I also like to journal about good things too. Goals, accomplishments, etc. I find that doing this can alter my mood thinking about all the goods things in my life. When I journal the bad things I’m stressing about and compare them to all the great things I jotted down, I find that everything in life really isn’t that bad right now and I’m over exaggerating about it all.
  9. Bake something simple: Some people like to cook and some like to bake, but whatever you prefer it is a great way to take a step back from everything and do something enjoyable. Keeping track of ingredients and timers takes your mind of other stuff. Also, I highly recommend baking something with banana in it. The potassium in banana’s is a great stress reliever because potassium lowers your blood pressure, which tends to rise when you’re stressed.
  10.  Animal therapy: Dogs are my go to. Who can stay stressed when you’re petting a dog or cat or any other super cute animal! I love having dogs around because they also seem to know when you’re down and they are a great comfort. If you don’t have an animal, a great thing to do is volunteer at an animal shelter or even visit a friend who has one. Volunteering at the shelter is a great way to give back and help yourself at the same time. I personally love playing with the dogs at the shelter because they are the sweetest things in the world and I want to take them all home with me.
  11. Make a list:  If you know me then you know I am such a list/ planning kind of person. Making a list a great way to help get rid of stress. Make a list of everything you need to do and put it in order of importance. This way you can see what you need to and in what order. It’s also great because as you get those things done, you can cross them off and feel accomplished. Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed like I have too much to do and not enough time, but as soon I as start doing some of the things and crossing them off I realize it’s really not that bad.
  12. Do it outside: I find that staying stuck inside all day can add to my stress. If you don’t have time to take a walk outside to get rid of that stress then take your stuff outside. If some of the tasks I need to do can be done outside then that’s where I’ll be. I love sitting on a porch listening to the wind or seeing the sunshine. Everything around me just feels better when I’m outside and it puts me in a better mood to get things done. It can be a nice refresher to go outside and get work done. With it being Fall right now it is the perfect time to sit outside and get work done.

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