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Stress Relief with Activities and a Positive Lifestyle

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When you’re feeling stressed, some simple activities can provide relief right away. These exercises are not the kind you need sweatpants for. You can do them almost anytime and anywhere. They will help you feel more relaxed.

Walking

Taking a walk is a great way to fight stress. Walking offers a chance to take a break from a stressful situation. It can also give you a few minutes to think things through. Even a short walk can help you feel better. That is because walking is a positive action that you control.

Stretching

Muscle tension is a common response to stress. Stretching is a simple way to loosen up.

Try these:

  • Neck Stretching: Sit up straight and tuck in your chin. Place your left hand on the right side of your head. Gently pull your head to the left and hold for 10 seconds. Switch sides and repeat the exercise.
  • Shoulder and Arm Stretch: Put your hands together and lock your fingers. Then raise your hands above your head, palms upward. Hold for 15 seconds and relax. Repeat 3 times.

Deep Breathing

Deep breathing is a simple method for relieving tension. Use 3 deep breaths each time you do this exercise.

  • Inhale: Breathe in slowly and deeply through your nose. Take in as much air as possible. Hold for 3 seconds.
  • Exhale: Breathe out slowly through your mouth. Try pursing your lips as if you were going to whistle. This helps control how fast you exhale.

Learning to manage stress doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a process. The more you keep at it, the more you’ll feel in control of daily events.

Set Limits

Trying to fit too much into a day is a major cause of stress. Setting limits will help you feel more in control. This sometimes means saying no to people and even to things you might want to do. This can be hard at times. But knowing your priorities can help you make choices.

Know Your Priorities

Using your time and energy wisely is a good way to control stress. Save time for the things that matter most in your life. Ask yourself: Do I really need to do this? Do I want to do this? If you answer ‘yes,’ go ahead. But keep in mind you can also answer ‘no.’

Learn to Accept Support

Everybody needs support now and then. So don’t feel embarrassed to ask for help when you need it. Most people are glad to lend a hand. And asking for help can open up new lines of communication and friendships.

Be Part of Your Community

Taking part in community or faith based events can offer a sense of belonging. It also helps put you in touch with active and caring people nearby. So whether it’s a cleanup day at a local park or taking meals to the elderly, try to reach out to friends and neighbors.

Just remember: Taking time for yourself once in a while makes it easier to help others later on.