10 Ways to Cut Down on Stress & Anxiety
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10 Ways to Cut Down On Stress & Anxiety

Stress is inevitable.

We all experience it through different situations. School deadlines. Job interview. Moving.  It’s understandable that we feel this way but there are ways to help cope or reduce these unwanted feelings.

Here are 10 ways to reduce your stress and anxiety.

10 Ways to Cut Down on Stress & Anxiety

Exercise

This goes without saying that exercise benefits you in a lot of ways, one of them is reducing stress and anxiety.

I know a lot of us are not big fans of working out (I’ll admit, I know I’m not lol). It doesn’t have to be hardcore weightlifting. It can be something as simple as a 30-minute walk around the neighborhood.

Or in my case sometimes, a 5-minute sprint to get away from the ginormous Rottweilers that casually walk around the neighborhood. Good times. Goooood times.

Set aside some time to be active and sweat all your worries away. Take a yoga class. I hear Pilates is good. How about swimming?

Write it down

If exercising isn’t your thing, another good way of reducing your stress and anxiety is by writing down your thoughts onto paper. I hear some people find good release from that.

Keep a journal nearby and whenever you feel overwhelmed, you can write it down. Another approach can be writing down something positive you did that day. Or writing down something that you’re grateful for.

Not only writing down what stresses you out, also writing down things that make you happy can be just as beneficial.

Laugh

Laughing. It’s contagious. Plus, it’s hard to be stressed out and anxious when you’re laughing

You know what the best type of laugh is? When someone says something that not even remotely funny and then there’s that awkward silence followed by hysterical laughing to the point where your stomach hurts, you can’t breathe, and you’re basically crying.

Imma get a little nerdy here. DID YOU KNOW? That in long-term, laughter can improve your immune system? Mmhmm, it sure does.

So that something in your day that made you laugh. Reminisce in the moment. Watch a funny movie. Have a tickle fight with a friend.

Avoid procrastination

Boy did I procrastinate in college. I always felt stressed out but I never knew why….lol

Procrastination

Since I’ve started this blog, I’ve realized the importance of being organized and keeping a schedule. If you’re a physical planner, meaning you need to write your tasks down on paper, Staples has awesome weekly and monthly planners.

If you’re more technologically advanced, Google calendar is perfect because it syncs to all of your devices and you can schedule on the go. I personally use both just as a backup in case, for some odd reason, Google decides to erase my schedule.

Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness is focusing your attention on the present moment. To the “now.” Sometimes, you just need to slow down and be aware of your surroundings. Take in the moment, feel the breeze on your face, savor each bite of your food.

This article says, that mindfulness:

      • Improves well being
      • Improves physical health
      • Improves mental health

It also provides useful mindfulness techniques to achieve awareness and relaxation. So go and check it out. I may actually incorporate some techniques into my everyday life. And so should you. It won’t hurt to try.

Deep breathing

This really helps a lot, especially when you’re getting ready for something big. Close your eyes and take about 5-10 deep breaths helps calm the nerves and any other worries you may have.

I found this breathing exercise that you can follow along with. I hope it’s helpful.

Sync your breathing

Spend time with your pet

I do this.

A lot.

There’s something comforting about cuddling with your furry friend. Our furry friends help release oxytocin, which promotes mood improvement. Owning a pet gives you a sense of purpose and companionship, all excellent qualities to help reduce stress in your life.

Dogs love cuddles but cats…well only on their terms. Which sucks lol. I know cause I own three lol. Any feline owners out there know the feeling. But it’s worth it while it lasts.

Let me love you

Assert yourself

Sometimes, you just got to say NO.

And that’s ok.

There’s no need to feel guilty and be required to meet other people’s expectations. That can really cause you to stress out.

It’s good to say no, especially when you find yourself taking on more than you can handle. It’s courageous of you to stand up for yourself and take control of your life.

So go ahead and say no and start taking control of the stresses in your life.

NOOO

Get crafty

This is my personal favorite whenever I get stressed. I’ve always been an artsy person since I was a little kid.

My favorite type of craft…painting. It’s so soothing an therapeutic in a way. It’s even better when you have a friend who shares the same hobbies as you.

And even if you’re not an artsy person, who cares. You don’t have to be good at painting to paint. Purchase some cheap paint, brushes, and media paper and just go to town.

Express your feelings with the color of paint. Don’t be afraid to get down and dirty. That’s the beauty of it.

Mind you, it doesn’t have to be painting. You can do crayon art, collage, crocheting (another one of my favorites).

I mean the possibilities are endless. So go on and get crafty and craft all that stress away.

Be grateful

Keep a list of things that you’re grateful for to help remind you of the good things in your life. Count your blessings and cherish the good experiences, that beautiful sunny day, your health, a home, unconditional love.

I started a monthly “What I’m Grateful For” list compiled of a few things I’m grateful. It’s helped so much to reflect and cherish what is most valuable in life.

So whenever you get stressed or feel anxious, flip back to your gratitude list and remember what truly matters.

Be sure to share this on Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook 🙂

Until next time, peace Fam!

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71 thoughts on “10 Ways to Cut Down On Stress & Anxiety”

  1. Hello! Excellent tips you have here! I’ve struggled with GAD for years and have found exercise and saying “no” to things I know I won’t have time to do calmly very helpful. I am now very clear and honest with those around me about what is important to me and what I simply don’t have time for anymore. I have a lot of extroverts in my immediate and extended family who just don’t seem to get my need for alone time! :O

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  2. i love this post if only more people talk about this, i have anxiety for so long and found that keeping me distracted and occupied with something helps me so much, and if i dont feel like doing some work ( in this case writting on the blog) i just dont do it that day makes me feel so much better

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  3. I struggle with this a lot. I find myself stressing so much sometimes that I make myself sick. Usually being crafty is my escape. Thanks for the awesome article! ♥️

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  4. These tips are awesome! I actually started my blog (www.mamaofkings) as a way to cope with my depression and anxiety! I also began coloring, sewing, baking, and redoing our furniture. I can tell a huge difference!

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  5. Very wise and informative. Seems so easy to get stressed these days, great ideas to be mindful of! Thank you for sharing!

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  6. These are great tips! I work in the schools and am often really stressed (students are as well). Hope to take these with me and maybe it will help my students as well. Thanks!

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  7. So many great ideas! You included things I wouldn’t have thought of, like spending time with your pet and laughing. Love it! I’ll have to refer to this list the next time I’m feeling anxious or stressed.

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  8. Nice post and a good reminder what should do every day. I have conquered exercise though- I found an app (30 day fitness challenge) that reminds you to exercise, you can tick off your exercise for the day and do the exercises in lounge room. My whole family participate

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  9. Thank you for this! You make a lot of great points, especially being more mindful. I think that putting everything you can into/ getting everything you can out of the moment is a great way to get yourself out of a funk. That feeling of accomplishment becomes addictive.

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  10. Yes to all of these! Lmao at the Michael Scott gif. I just decided yesterday that I am going to try this bullet journaling thing out and include a self care checklist kind of thing for the week to keep track of my moods and what I’m doing, what’s working and whats not… That breathing thing is great, I saved it to my computer. Thank you for sharing!

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  11. SO important to say no! I’ve known several people over the years who’ve had a hard time saying no and they were always overwhelmed. great tips!

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  12. I have a Great Dane. XD Sometimes I use him as a pillow.

    I once did the thankfulness journal thing. I really should pick it back up. I used to do it every night. There was a study that said people who did this got better sleep.

    Sometimes it helps me to just sit down and write. Or read. Either way works. But of course, those are two of the things I LIVE for. XD

    kirstyntodd.com

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