Stress: 21 Effective Ways to Reduce It

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Resolutions and goals are calling for completion.A world of possibilities lays ahead.All you have to do now is get to work:

  • You’ll need to join a gym and rework your schedule to “lose weight and exercise more.”
  • You’ll have to clear out some time for housework so that you can have people over and “spend more time with family and friends.”
  • You also need to schedule a few appointments with a doctor or a counselor to “break bad habits.”
  • And somewhere in there, you need to find ways to “reduce stress.”


Now that you think about it, your resolutions feel more like work than motivation.

Change is hard.

Maybe it’s best to start from the bottom and work up.

Reducing stress seems like a good place to start.

So. How do you do that?

Don’t worry.

With a few of these tried and tested stress relief tips, you’ll be well on your way to a less stressed future.

Begin your day as stress-free as possible.

1. Your best morning starts the night before. Wind down with a long bath or soothing music to ensure restful sleep.

2. Do what you can to ease into the morning. A little night-before prep work goes a long way. Lay out the next day’s clothes. Stash everything you need for the day by the door.

3. Get a slightly earlier start. Fifteen or twenty minutes can make all the difference on busy mornings.

Unburden your mind and body.

4. Empty your head of appointment times, chore lists, project dates, etc. Use a planner or wall calendar to ease the stress of trying to remember it all.

5. Release accumulated tension with yoga sessions or by simply getting away from your desk to stretch periodically.

6. Inhale, exhale. Shallow breathing accompanies stress. Breathe deeply to aid relaxation.

Manage your stuff.

7. Prevent stress by planning ahead. Maintain a sufficient level of daily supplies and provisions available to you and your family. Stock up for emergencies.

8. Don’t allow repair issues to sneak up on you or accumulate. Handle maintenance issues promptly.

9. Organize to alleviate panicked searches for “lost” items.

Value your own time.

10. Schedule your day sensibly.

11. Procrastination is a recipe for stress. Whatever it is; do it today, do it now.

12. Say “no” when you need to. Don’t pretend you have the time or energy for more activities or projects. Appreciate peace, quiet, and solitude.

13. Unplug. Media overload often steals time from more beneficial pursuits like quiet meditation, introspection, or uninterrupted sleep.

Pay attention to perspective.

14. Resist perfectionism. Attempts to be perfect are futile and exhausting.

15. Consider your “needs.” Ask yourself whether you really need to be stressed over something that really isn’t essential to your happiness.

16. Embrace gratitude. Count, journal, or meditate on your blessings.

17. Make self-compassion your goal. Shut down any self-talk that is destructive or discouraging.

Share your life.

18. Take good care of your relationships. Practice healthy communication and conflict resolution to prevent stressful breakdowns and breakups.

19. Build relationships with affirming people who aren’t prone to worry and negativity.

20. Forgive. Accept the imperfections of the world and the people in it.

21. Reap the benefits of giving, loving, sharing, collaborating, and engaging with people who need you.

Don’t wait. Take a few of these measures to de-stress.

Relax and enjoy the life you either resolved to live or never knew you could have.

Your peace of mind awaits.