Too much stress about school exams...
At the end of a particular horrible day, or even just a long week I am in dire need to de-stress. An afternoon of rush hour traffic tends to have a way of really stressing me out, ya know?

I don’t like to be stressed. I don’t like the way it makes me feel and we all know that it’s not good for you. So, that means that once you are able to navigate your way through whatever is stressful there is another task to tackle – the de-stressing of you.

Here are some ways to de-stress:

  1. Take a walk
  2. Listen to a nature sounds machine/cd
  3. Listen to calming music
  4. Use some essential oils to relax
  5. Take a hot bath
  6. Meditate
  7. Exercise (yoga is proven good for stress)
  8. Punch a pillow if you need to
  9. Scream into a pillow if you need to
  10. Lay down and relax
  11. Watch some cartoons (I’m a big fan of Adventure Time)
  12. Watch comedy central or something else funny (I’m partial to baby goat videos )
  13. Light some aromatherapy candles
  14. Have some hot tea (chai is my fave)
  15. Focus on your breathing
  16. Think about the most beautiful place you’ve ever been too
  17. Look at a sunset cam online
  18. Play a game online
  19. Pick up a good book
  20. Paint something
  21. Create something (art therapy is proven de-stress technique)
  22. Write in a journal
  23. Stay away from caffeine
  24. Walk by the beach (proven that water is calming) or get in it and float or something!
  25. If you have stairs, run up and down them or just run in place (free cardio!)
  26. Have your own air guitar championship in front of a mirror
  27. Work in your garden if you have one (it’s good for your health!)
  28. Play with Legos
  29. Call a friend
  30. Write a friend
  31. Hug someone (preferably someone you know or you may end up with more stress!)
  32. Dip cookies in milk
  33. Dig out some crayons and color (everyone has crayons, right?)
  34. Smile, even if you have to push up the corners of your mouth
  35. Stand on your head – as soon as all the blood rushes to it you’ll forget were even stressed out
  36. Take a trip or vacation
  37. Go swimming
  38. Laugh with someone, and if you can’t laugh find a garden gnome as it’s certain to make you laugh (there’s just something ridiculous about garden gnomes)
  39. Make something with modeling clay, or play-dough
  40. Put on some music and dance around your room like a crazy person
  41. Sing at the top of your lungs along with your favorite song

Have any tips to add to the list?

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