25 Easy Ways to Manage Stress

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For many, the holidays bring on more parties, family visits, and feasts. But all that hustle and bustle can also bring on stress. And whether it stems from the holidays, work, or other personal situations, stress is something we all deal with at some point. In fact, 54% of Americans are concerned about the level of stress in their day-to-day lives. To help combat this, we’ve compiled a list of 25 simple things you can do to help you feeling better, calmer, and clear-headed.

  1. Light yoga – deep, controlled breathing + poses = more focus, less stress
  2. Meditate – just 5 minutes of silence can do wonders to relieve stress. Find a quiet place, close your eyes, and concentrate solely on your breathing
  3. Aromatherapy – Scents like lavender and chamomile have been shown to decrease stress
  4. Listen to music – there’s great relaxation playlists on services like Spotify or Pandora, or listen to music that reminds you of your favorite memories
  5. Laugh it off – rent a comedy or listen to stand up. Laughing is great stress relief
  6. Drink some tea – Some studies suggest tea helps lower cortisol levels
  7. Exercise – Physical activity releases feel-good endorphins
  8. Take a walk – Enjoy a brisk walk and a different scenery to change your perspective
  9. Take a nap – The more sleep-deprived you are, the more stressed you can be. Take a power nap or two, you deserve it!
  10. Write it out – Write in a journal or get a book that prompts different writing ideas
  11. Hug it out – Hugs have actually been scientifically proven to be a de-stressor
  12. Get a coloring book – A trendy yet proven way to relax and de-stress
  13. Cultivate gratitude – Write a list of 3 things you’re thankful for each day, and your focus will shift
  14. Say ‘no’ – Overcommitting to a number of parties, groups, or deadlines will no doubt lead to stress. It’s important to negotiate priorities
  15. Avoid processed foods – Eating junk can contribute to stress triggers. Instead opt for a piece of fruit or some veggies
  16. Turn off your phone – Not hearing any beeping or vibrating for an hour will benefit you greatly
  17. Prepare for the morning the night before – You don’t need any added stress first thing in the AM
  18. Take a bubble bath – ‘me time’ goes a long way
  19. Plan a trip – even if it’s just a quick weekend getaway
  20. Declutter a little at a time – organize a drawer to feel lighter
  21. Visit a museum – take in art, a new culture or new ideas
  22. Stretch – step away from the computer and stretch it out
  23. Plant an indoor herb garden – you’ll enjoy the aromas and the flavors
  24. Read a book – get lost in a world of fantasy
  25. Sing out loud – How can you get stressed when you’re belting out Beyonce?

Bonus: To start 2017 off right, begin every day with an intention. Having a goal or a purpose for each day, no matter how small it may be, will help change your outlook, attitude, and sense of accomplishment.

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