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How To Relieve Stress Fast

Updated on September 20, 2014
If your busy lifestyle has got you down, experts say relaxation techniques can bring you back into balance.
If your busy lifestyle has got you down, experts say relaxation techniques can bring you back into balance.

Relieving Stress

Stress is what you feel when you have to handle more than what you are use to. Stress can affect everything from our emotions to our immune systems. Some stress is normal but if stress happens too often or lasts too long we can experience serious side affects. When we do experience chronic or excessive stress, our body stays stressed and our hormones levels can be altered. The good news is that we can learn to manage our stress. Here are some fast, easy ways to help manage and relieve stress.

Laugh away your stress. Check these the 8 ideas to help get you laughing.
Laugh away your stress. Check these the 8 ideas to help get you laughing.
Laughter is a strong medicine for mind and body.
Laughter is a strong medicine for mind and body.
Research has found that napping regularly may reduce stress and even decrease your risk of heart disease.
Research has found that napping regularly may reduce stress and even decrease your risk of heart disease.
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Sphinx Pose
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Stressful times call for great music.

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1. Laugh: Laughter has been shown to lead to reduction of stress hormones such as cortical and epinephrine. When laughing the brain releases endorphins that can actually relieve physical pain. Practice laughing more so you can laugh when you need it most.

Ideas to make you laugh out loud:

  • Share a joke
  • Be playful with your family
  • Read funny greeting cards
  • Wear a clown nose when putting children to bed /start a pillow fight
  • Ease conflict by saying something light and unexpected
  • Seek out companions with a good sense of humor
  • Watch or listen to comedy
  • Read amusing stories
  • Watch a funny movie/TV program

2. Meditate, quiet your mind: Take as little as one minute out of your busy day to meditate. Begin by finding a quiet spot. Then sit in a relaxed position and close your eyes. Now take four slow deep breaths through your nose, focusing all your attention on your breathing. Continue for at least sixty seconds.This one minute meditation is a quick way to clear your mind and reduce your stress.

Top selling meditation CD's:

  • Inward Harmony, by Marcey Hamm
  • Goddess Chant, by Shawna Carol
  • The Silent Path, by Robert Haig Coxon

3. Sphinx Yoga Pose: Lie on your belly, set your elbows under your shoulders and lift your chest up and out. Make sure to keep your chest up, keeping your forearms and pelvis on the floor. Hold for 60 seconds. This yoga position opens the chest to increase intake of oxygen. It also strengthens the core body and stimulates the adrenals.

4. Write: Keep a daily journal of all the things you are thankful for. A gratitude journal will boost your mood and bring peace of mind.

5. Listen to your favorite song: studies have shown that music can relieve stress and increase overall feeling of well-being.

Top suggested CD's for relaxation and stress reduction:

  • Best of Silk Road, by Kitaro
  • In My Time, by Yanni
  • A Day Without Rain, by Enya

6. Drink a hot cup of decaffeinated herbal tea. The soothing warmth of the tea combined with the herbs natural effects, sooth nerves almost instantly.

Top herbal teas for reducing stress:

  • Mint tea, spearmint and peppermint
  • Chamomile tea
  • Ginseng tea
  • Lemon Verbena tea
  • Passionflower tea

7. Eat a piece of dark chocolate. Research indicates that dark chocolate may lower levels of stress hormones.

8. Hug someone: A simple embrace can trigger endorphins, a natural stress relief.

9. Look at a cherished photo or favorite memento.

10. Surround yourself with colors that lift your spirit.

Top colors for reducing stress:

  • Blue is tranquil, peaceful and calm
  • Violet represents strength, clarity and wisdom
  • Yellow is sunny and cheerful. It's a great color to lift your spirits

11. Fresh Air. If you are indoors all day be sure to take a minute to breathe some fresh outdoor air. You can feel even more rejuvenated by taking a short, brisk walk.

12. Light a scented candle or burn some incense.

Top 3 scents for reducing stress:

  • Jasmine
  • Lotus
  • Sandal Wood

13. Take a soothing, hot bath.

Using essential oils in your bath may heighten your relaxation.

Top 10 Essential oils for reducing stress:

  • Lavender, Essential Oil
  • Frankincense, Essential Oil
  • Rose, Essential Oil
  • Chamomile, Essential Oil
  • Vanilla, Essential Oil
  • Ginger, Essential Oil
  • Lemon, Essential Oil
  • Cinnamon, Essential Oil
  • Thyme, Essential Oil
  • Basil, Essential Oil

*Use essential oils appropriately and with caution.


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      instantlyfamily 3 years ago

      One more quick stress reducer. Call a close friend – Talking to a friend for support or just to hear a familiar voice can really help when you’re feeling tense.

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      Shampa Sadhya 6 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      Superb hub. Voted up and useful. Your hub itself is stress relieving. Then it's quite obvious that the suggested methods will work wonder in reducing stress. Thanks for such an informative hub.

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      .....I just read your hub in less than 60 seconds and I'm already feeling relaxed - but seriously I do suffer from high blood pressure and this is a most welcome hub subject to me because I can bookmark it and use it as a handy reference guide - thank you.

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      Connie Smith 6 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      This is a great hub! I'm going to try all of these, especially the yoga pose for strengthening the core and opening up the chest and lungs. Great stuff! Thanks for sharing.

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      T4an 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Great advice! Thank you for sharing!

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      Jackie Lynnley 6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Great advice. I do the tea but I will try the exercise, I bet that would be good. Thanks.

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      Valerie Washington 6 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

      I am definitely a hugger!! The floor exercises scare me (I might not be able to get back up)!! Loved this hub!!

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      Kay Mitchell 6 years ago from California

      I have been dealing with a lot of stress and anxiety lately and found your Hub extremely useful. A good friend told me about a form of breathing meditation that I use at night when I can't stop racing thoughts. Breath in through one nostril, using your hand close the other and then switch nostrils for the exhale. Works wonders at clearing your mind. Now following; would love to be hub friends.

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      lonesomeshaggy 6 years ago from Lahore, Pakistan

      I go with 6 and any way thanks for the information.

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      digitalmethod 7 years ago from Singapore

      I'm using your number 3 tip until today. Writing is one of the proven ways to release stress. But keep that in mind, release our stress on the niche blog. Somehow it will effect our writing. Just write on our personal diary. Maybe personal blog, perhaps?

      Thank you.

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      Apostle Jack 7 years ago from Atlanta Ga

      You said it very well.Let me add one more entry to your worthy cause: "Celestial Spirituality".The first of our 2 bodies of created existence.

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      6hotfingers3 7 years ago

      Back to basics is what you are suggesting. Great hub! Easy to follow ways to take a momentary "chill out" session. Thank you. I will incorporate your ideas in my daily routine. Thanks!

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      CathyandDaveAdopt 7 years ago from The Med City

      by Dave

      I can't say that I've tried any of these: New Year's resolution time!

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      flowerpower 7 years ago

      I like this hub. The holidays have me stressed more than usual. I am going to practice these techniques beginning today! Thanks, instantly family.

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      instantlyfamily 7 years ago

      Thank you N.E Wright! I honestly believe that gratitude journaling improved my life.

      I wish you a very Happy New Year!

      May your gratitude journal be brimming in 2011.

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      N.E. Wright 7 years ago from Bronx, NY

      I honestly use to write in a gratitude journal years before I had my son. I really do not know why I stopped, because I use to write it own my old desk top computer.

      I also walked daily.

      I printed your Hub just so I can place it where I can see it daily and start taking your advice on things I have never done before, and re-do things I have done before and loved.

      Thanks for sharing.