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Ways To Help Relieve Stress

Updated on March 20, 2015

Stress can affect you both physically and mentally. Sometimes there are things you can do to avoid stress but sometimes you can't always avoid it. Here are a few ways that you can help to relieve stress in your life.

Reach Out For Help

If your stress is too overwhelming, ask for assistance. If you have friends and family that you think would be willing to help you out, then reach out to them for help. Whether you need to vent and have someone listen to you or help you out with something, receiving support in any way can help to reduce your stress. You may also want to seek the help of a therapist or counselor who can suggest ways on coping with the issues that cause you the most stress.

Make Time For Yourself

Try to create some personal time or alone time for yourself to do something you enjoy. This could be reading a book or a magazine, doing a crossword puzzle or even daydreaming. Give yourself some time to focus on you. Sometimes life can get busy and you may end up doing so many things for others, but you may tend to neglect yourself and your own needs. Remember to take time out for yourself too.

Do Not Procrastinate

Do not wait until the last minute to get important things done. If you take some time each day to work towards a project or whatever it is that you have to get done, then you will feel less pressured and stressed about meeting that deadline. When I was in school and I would wait until the last minute to do a school project, it caused me so much stress trying to get it done on time. If I had worked on the project a little bit each day, I probably could have avoided some of that last minute stress.

Wake Up A Few Minutes Earlier For Work

Try to get up a little earlier before work so that you will not be rushing around to leave to make it to work on time. Those few extra minutes may help you to feel more relaxed and less hurried. If you can, go to bed at a decent hour so that you can get proper sleep. Not having enough sleep may make you feel more stressed out.

Be Organized

If you keep items where they belong and organize your drawers and closets, then you may help to reduce some stress. How many times have you looked all over your home for something before going out? Keep your belongings organized so that you will know where things are. This way you don't have to get stressed out looking all around for something that you need.

Plan Your Meals Ahead Of Time

Plan out your meals for the week ahead of time. This will help you to figure out what to buy when you go to the grocery store and avoid stressing yourself out over what to make. If you have the time, you could prepare a few meals in one day and then freeze or refrigerate them so that all you have to do is heat them up when you want a meal. Pack your lunch the night before you go to work so that you do not have to do it in the morning, when you might feel more rushed and stressed out.

Consider A New Place Of Work If Yours Is Too Stressful

If your job is really stressing you out and it is becoming overwhelming and interfering with your life, then you may want to consider searching for a new place to work. Weigh out the pros and cons of your current job and see if it worth it for you to stay. There are reasons why you may want to stay at your job but if you feel that the cons outweigh the pros, it might be better for you to switch to a job with less stress. You may find another job with lighter duties, higher pay or a better work environment.

Watch Your Spending

Try not to get yourself too high in debt. Do not let your credit card balances get too high and do not spend more than you can afford. Instead, save up for items that you want or try to find another way to earn money to pay for those expenses. You could save half of the cash for an item you want and then put the rest on credit. At least this way you will have a smaller balance on your credit card. Some people who are in high debt may tend to feel more stressed out.


If you can, listen to relaxing music while taking a warm bath. Water can be very soothing, whether it be the sight, the sound or physically being in a body of water. A water fountain in your room may help you to feel more calm and relaxed. As you listen to or view the water trickling down the fountain, imagine that it is your worries being washed away and relieving your stress.

Massage Therapy

You may be feeling tension in your muscles due to high amounts of stress. Seeing a massage therapist may be helpful in releasing some of that tension. Receiving a massage, whether it be from a spouse or partner or someone trained in massage therapy, can be relaxing and help to relieve stress.

Dance Or Exercise

Listen to music that makes you want to get up and dance. Exercise to a high energy song. By moving while listening to music, you can help to shake some of that stress away. You may find that regular exercise can help you to tackle stress.

Laugh A Lot

Spend time with people who make you laugh or try to make yourself laugh. Watch a funny movie or stand up comedians or read a good joke book. Sometimes when I am going through a stressful time, I try to find some humor to help myself through the situation and brighten up my mood. Laughing can reduce stress. Try to enjoy some moments of laughter even if you are stressed out.


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    • Sunshine Days profile image

      Sunshine Days 2 years ago

      Good idea, Denise! Thank you for commenting.

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      Denise W Anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      For me, stress has a lot to do with the expectations that I have of myself, rather than what others expect of me. I put unreasonable demands on my time, expecting myself to accomplish monumental tasks in small amounts of time, or to perform at unreasonably high standards. I have found that breaking tasks up into 15 minute chunks keeps me from over-stressing myself. That way, I can mix up the unpleasant tasks with those that are easier and keep a lid on the stress.

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      Sunshine Days 2 years ago

      Thank you so much for your comment & voting it up, Hannah David Cini!

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      Hannah David Cini 2 years ago from Nottingham

      A lovely article. Some great hints. I think laughing is such a great one, no better medicine for sure.

      Voted up.