I’ve had those days when I want to give up and call it quits. But I’ve created a list of 12 ways to relieve stress and keep going strong.

Achieving a work-life balance is tough. There aren’t enough hours in the day, and you feel like you’re running on a treadmill. I know how that feels!

If life is overwhelming, try one of these easy tips to make it better.

 

12 Easy Ways To Relieve Stress

Busy moms need ways to relieve stress. This shows a mom with 2 kids, while she is cooking and talking on the phone.

1-Breathe To Relax

Sometimes all you need is to close your eyes and focus on your breathing to reduce stress. You can try different breathing techniques. But it’s helpful to take slow, deep breaths through your nose then exhale through your mouth.

The next time you feel stressed, take 5 deep breaths. You’ll be surprised how much it calms your mind and settles your emotions.

Deep breathing has physical and mental benefits – especially when done on a regular basis.

 

2-Listen To Music

Music is a great way to de-stress because it takes your attention away from worries and allows you to relax. This is especially helpful at night when you are trying to sleep (because sleep is an important stress reducer.)

Any time you feel overly stressed, take a break and listen to music. Try to stick to calm, instrumental music to get the best effects from this hack. But whatever makes you feel good will work.

 

3-Use Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy encourages calm and relaxation. Your sense of smell can be used to relieve stress. Scents such as lavender, rose, frankincense, sandalwood, or orange blossom are awesome to have around to combat stress.

You can use these scents in an aromatherapy machine, burn incense, use in perfumes, add to your baths, or burn scented candles.

Aromatherapy can decrease your level of cortisol, a stress hormone. It can also help you unwind and feel more content in the moment.

When you’re busy, using scents is a handy fix. You can enjoy the benefits while engaged in another activity. You could light a candle during work or dab a stress-relieving scent on your wrists, and stay calmer through the day.

 

4-Look On The Bright Side

It can be difficult to remain optimistic, when you have the weight of the world on your shoulders. But staying positive can help you feel better and happier.

One way that I do this is to remember what I’m grateful for. When gloom hovers, take a few seconds and recall a couple of things that inspire your gratitude. Your attitude will improve, right away.

Even when it’s a challenge, choose to look on the bright side.

 

5-Drink Less Coffee

If each day, you have more than a cup of coffee or one can of energy drink, it might be time to cut back. Consuming less caffeine can work wonders for your stress levels.

When you’re revved up, you’ll feel more stressed. You don’t have to give up your daily coffee but reduce the amount. Too much caffeine can make it impossible to calm down.

 

6-Exercise to Relieve Stress

Exercise is one of the best ways to relieve stress and its effects on the body. Regular activity is best, but it’s helpful to go on a walk when you feel on edge.

The fresh air can help you calm down and the endorphins your body releases from the physical activity improve your mood. Even a short walk can dramatically decrease the amount of stress you feel.

 

7-Eliminate Sources of Stress

Becoming aware of the root causes of stress can help you decrease their effect on your mind and body. Your job, relationships, and daily routines are great places to start, when considering the factors adding to your stress.

If you spot a source of stress, its effect will decrease. And you’ll be able to find ways to reduce stress more. Your job, relationships, and daily routines may be adding to your stress level.

To decrease the amount of stress you deal with, it might be time for a change – in one or more areas of your life. Even small changes can make a difference. If it doesn’t bring you joy, it’s time to say goodbye.

 

8-Set Boundaries

Busy schedules can be very overwhelming and increase your stress level. When you already have a packed day, any unexpected event can send you over the edge.

Take a step back and learn to prioritize your time. Remove any tasks that aren’t essential to your life or bring you happiness. Learn to say “no” when you’re asked to do something that doesn’t add value to your life.

Setting boundaries can be difficult at first, but the more you set them the easier it becomes.

 

9-Chew Gum

This de-stressing tip may seem a little silly but chewing gum can help reduce stress. The act of chewing stimulates brain waves that are similar to those in people who are calm and relaxed.

You’ll have to try this to see if it works for you.

 

10-Laugh To Feel Better

It’s no secret that laughter can improve your mood. It helps you cope with anxiety better and relieves the physical tension that stress puts on your body.

Make time for funny moments in your life. Watch a funny TV show or spend more time with friends who keep you giggling. Add a bit of humor to your life where you can. It makes it more enjoyable.

Shows a mom with two children to handle, while she writes and works on the computer. The stressed mom needs stress relief activities.

11-Don’t Procrastinate

Putting off things you don’t want to do may seem like a good idea at the time. But it doesn’t do your stress level any favors. Procrastination leads to working against a deadline, and that will add even more stress to the task.

Prioritize your day and make sure you are taking care of what needs to be done, even if it makes you want to groan at the moment.

 

12-Practice Self-Care

It can be easy to let your needs fall to the side when you’re caring for others. However, continuing to put yourself last can be very detrimental.

Your routine should include care of yourself. This could be a 15-minute walk in the park, a nightly bubble bath, or reading for pleasure before bed. Remember, you deserve it!

A great way to relieve stress is to calm your mind. Relieving stress will make you happier and improve your mood. When you have too much to get done, it’s natural to feel stressed. The secret is learning how to handle stress. You won’t feel constantly overwhelmed, so you can enjoy life more!

Calming Your Mind

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