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5 Simple Ways To Reduce Stress

With so much going on it is so important that we take good care of ourselves. Here are some very easy and manageable ways to reduce stress on a daily basis!

If I had a nickel for every time one of my girlfriends talked about how stressed out they were I’d be a billionaire. The fact of the matter is–we all have some form of stress in our lives–whether it’s our kids, living situation, spouse, school, job, parents—whatever it is we all have stress. It all comes down to how we manage it.

Stress is completely unhealthy for you. It can mess with your sleep, your mood and even your body chemistry. It certainly has a negative effect on weight loss. Here are 5 ways to reduce stress because we all need to relax a little bit!

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In our fast-paced world, the significance of self-care cannot be emphasized enough. Amid the hustle and bustle, we must recognize the vital role of stress management in maintaining our mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Everyone, regardless of age, gender, or background, experiences stress from various sources, be it work, relationships, finances, or other personal challenges. But what sets us apart is how we tackle and respond to it.

Chronic stress not only hampers our mood and sleep but can also have adverse effects on our body chemistry and overall health, including hindering weight loss. Therefore, understanding how to mitigate its effects is crucial. Here are 8 holistic methods to alleviate stress and recharge:

1. Massage:
Dedicate some time for a professional massage. It’s a therapeutic way to relax tense muscles and rejuvenate the body. Even if it’s just a short 10-minute session, the benefits can be profoundly refreshing. If a full 60-minute session seems like a treat, go for it!

2. Connect with Loved Ones:
Reach out to a trusted friend or family member. Sometimes, merely conversing with someone who understands you or provides an objective perspective can work wonders. The familiar cadence of their voice can be soothing and grounding.

3. Nature Retreat:
Nature has an uncanny ability to calm the restless mind. Whether it’s a stroll in a local park, hiking, or just sitting by a lake, the natural world’s serenity can help reduce anxiety and boost mood. Breathe in the fresh air and let the tranquility of nature wash over you.

4. Explore Your Surroundings:
Rediscover the beauty of your city. Play tourist for a day – visit landmarks, museums, or any place of interest. Experiencing familiar places with fresh eyes can offer a change of perspective and a break from routine.

5. Dance Freely:
Music is a universal healer. Put on your favorite track and let loose! Whether you’re grooving in your living room or singing at the top of your lungs, embracing the joy that music brings can instantly elevate your mood.

6. Mindful Practices:
Engage in activities like meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises. These practices promote relaxation, enhance self-awareness, and aid in handling stress more effectively.

7. Establish a Routine:
Consistency can provide a sense of control and predictability in chaotic times. Establishing a daily routine, even if it’s just setting specific meal or bedtimes, can offer a reassuring structure.

8. Take Up a Hobby:
Distract your mind by diving into a hobby – be it painting, reading, gardening, or any activity that you’re passionate about. Such pastimes can be therapeutic and offer a sense of accomplishment.

How do you manage stress in your life? Is there something unique you do that isn’t mentioned here? Your personal strategies might be beneficial to someone else, so do share!

For more on self-care, especially during turbulent periods, explore “5 Ways to Self Care When Things Get Crazy.” Embrace tranquility, for a healthier, happier you.

How do you reduce stress? Anything missing from the list?

If you liked these tips be sure to check out 5 Ways to Self Care When Things Get Crazy!

Brooke of Passport Couture

Sunday 25th of October 2015

Exploring is great advice! I find when I'm stressed, getting out and wandering around or going for a jog is so helpful. I feel more focused and able to take on my daily tasks and expectations rather than worry about finishing up tasks.


Wednesday 22nd of April 2015

taking a walk is a big one for me. sometimes I just need to step away from the insanity of life. a massage and mani/pedi is also a great one and dinner with close friends/family.

Lastly,i would add "ALCOHOL".. a glass of wine, melts the stress away LOL


Tuesday 21st of April 2015

I like these because they're unique. I often gloss over stress-relieving tips because they're so.. dull. And they don't work for me. True I've never had a massage, but I can dance with my hands in the air! And calling a loved one is key.


Tuesday 21st of April 2015

Great post, Nellie! Stress is really terrible for your body. In the last few weeks, I've spent a LOT of time outside (preparing our yard for summer...yay!). It's been absolutely wonderful and healing. Though I've been known to blast some pretty heavy-hitting rock & roll in the car after a stressful day of work. You're spot on when you say that music is healing.

K. Elizabeth

Tuesday 21st of April 2015

Dancing and nature are great ways I like to help reduce stress. I've made it a habit to dance with the kids at last once a day. We throw on some Radio Disney and go crazy. We even started a balcony garden and can't wait until we harvest our first veggie!