25 Instant Stress Relievers for a Busy Woman

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Life can get a little stressful at times – we have deadlines, and due dates, and families, and friends, and work, and school, and LIFE to keep up with! It’s not foreign to admit that everyone gets stressed out, but no need to worry, we found this awesome list on Pinterest from FitSugar and wanted to share it with all of our fabulous followers! Here are 25 ways to sabotage the stress and get you going again!

  1. Inhale, exhale, and repeat: This will immediately slow things down and help you regroup.
  2. Make a list: Just jotting everything down will help you get organized and see things differently. As a list, your stresses may not look so bad after all!
  3. Step outside: Head outside for some fresh air — it will energize you.
  4. Turn off your phone: If emails and texts are the source of stress, turn off your  phone (especially before bed).
  5. Do Downward Dog: A beginner-friendly, relaxing yoga sequence will relax muscles, release tension, and help get your head in a happier place. Just 20 minutes is all you need to revitalize your body through yoga.
  6. Jump on YouTube: Go online to watch a few funny (cat) videos. Laughter instantly reduces stress hormones.
  7. Treat yourself: If you’ve been working hard, treat yourself to a manicure, facial, or your favorite meal. You deserve it.
  8. Turn up the tunes: Research has shown that lying down and listening to music is as effective as massage.
  9. Take a nap: Sleep it off. A power nap will help you rest up and reset for the remainder of the day.
  10. Hit the gym: There’s nothing a sweat session can’t solve. If you’re feeling anxious, raising your heart rate and taking time to zone out with exercise will relieve the stress, anxiety, and tension holding you back.
  11. Vent (to an extent): Call a friend who will simply listen. Talking it out with someone you trust may lead to a solution — or at the very least calm you down.
  12. Sip up: Sipping a cup of black tea is known to have a positive effect on stress hormone levels in the body, ultimately reducing blood of the stress hormone cortisol.
  13. Give yourself a mini massage: Acupressure is a great way to relieve stress. Try relaxing by adding pressure to the little mound of flesh where your thumb meets your palm (also known as the union valley). Hold for 30 seconds. Try massaging your scalp (and relaxing while doing so) or your temples or neck, many of us hold all our stress in those muscles!
  14. Say thank you: Returning your focus back to what you are thankful for rather than your stresses will calm you down almost immediately.
  15. Reach for a (healthy) snack: Although a handful of M&M’s tastes amazing, foods rich in vitamin C have been proven to help reduce both the physical and mental symptoms of stress.
  16. Stretch it out: Ever notice how everything seems tight when you’re stressed? A few of your favorite stretches should have everything opening up in no time!
  17. Laugh: Laugh it out by looking at a few old photos or watching home videos. Tell a joke, or ask someone to tell you one. Smiles guaranteed.
  18. Organize: Take a few minutes to organize something manageable, like your desk. Once you see everything back in place, it will feel like a fresh start.
  19. Smile: Fake it till you make it with a smile. Studies show that smiling reduces stress almost instantly.
  20. Puppy love: Petting a dog or cat will instantly calm your nerves and lower your blood pressure.
  21. Practice perfect posture: Bad posture can lead to muscle tension, pain, and increased stress. Stand or sit up straight to feel taller and breathe better.
  22. Study up: No joke — reading these 15 facts will make you feel instantly happier.
  23. Take a DESSERTS break: This is our favorite one, remember that “stressed” backwards spells “desserts”!! So take a few minutes to treat yourself to something sweet! Fruit smoothies always do the trick for me! Yummmmm….
  24. Just pause: This may be the hardest “buster” to try, yet it is the most important. Whatever you do, don’t lash out. Anger leads to regret and added stress.
  25. Do something good: Smile at someone, write someone at work a little appreciation note, hold the door for a stranger, etc. There’s many little kind acts of service that you can do in just a few seconds that can make someone’s day, as well as yours!

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