How to Reduce Stress in a Few Simple Steps

Stress.

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We all have it, and we all want to get rid of it. Luckily, we can.

Every day, you can take a few key steps in your life to rid yourself of the stress that all too often falls on your shoulders.

Here are five ways to get rid of — or at least reduce — the stress you face.

Immerse Yourself in Nature

They say that one of the best ways we can reduce stress is by getting out into the beautiful world around us. Indeed, nature is a great way to get the endorphins going, and to kick your stress to the curb. Whether it’s a beautiful park, a pristine botanical garden, or just a hotel balcony with a view, find nature and go there. Now.

Dream. Hope. Love.

Positive emotions like hope are key to making sure your stress is as low as possible. Every day, think of a way you can better tap into these key emotions and cultivate the side of your heart and mind that love to hope, dream and — yes — love.

Smile.

You’ve likely heard it said that smiling makes you actually feel better. It’s true, and I have more than one friend who swears by smiling in the mirror whenever she feels down. Try it for yourself to see if it does — as reported — boost your mood. It can’t hurt, right?

Read

I’m a big reader, and reading for me is long-held passion. So, to lift my spirits it works well given how much I love it. But even if you’re not a huge reader — or a passionate one — it turns out the act of sitting down, resting, and reading a good novel can really make you feel better. The key is to immerse yourself in a story – or another life, or another land – and not a non-fiction business book, say (via gamory). It really can turn your mood around.

Dress Up. (Or Just Get Dressed.)

My best friend used to laugh at the way I get up in the morning and immediately get dressed and put on shoes — even when working from home. It turns out that what I naturally do is hardwired to make you feel better. Take a shower, put on a necklace, some mascara, and yes – gasp – SHOES! – even when you’re just going to be sitting around the house. It will make you feel happier to greet the day, and kick stress in the pants.

What do you do to reduce stress? 

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4 thoughts on “How to Reduce Stress in a Few Simple Steps

  1. I hit the gym or a quick dive into the swimming pool helps a lot. Sometimes I walk alone and talk to myself & say after all it’s not a matter of life and death. Time heal everything!

    A good way to release stress is pamper yourself. Go to SPA, Saloon or perhaps shopping. This is meant for upper class folks :p

  2. I agree with one of good ways to reduce stress is being immersed in nature. Since I move to California from Tokyo, deep breathing in the mountain always makes me feel comfortable and positive. Social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram has changed our world dramatically and everyday I appreciate the age of convenience. I can keep in contact with my friends and family through social media. However, I suppose that sometimes one of the best way to reduce stress is keeping my distance from social media and computer. It would be hard though.

  3. Some amount of stress can actually be beneficial, like adrenaline. Too much stress often comes from an inordinate focus on yourself. Go do something nice for someone else and it will usually help get your life re-balanced (i.e., lower stress).

  4. I like to watch a funny movie or episode to reduce stress. If I can start laughing and get in a better mood, it usually helps to put my stress in perspective.