Self-Care & Mental Health

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

#1: Exercise

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

Exercise and I…well we don’t see eye to eye. Yes, yes, when I was at my most fit, I felt good after a workout.

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 2-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. Boxing sounds good.


#2: Write it down

If exercising isn’t your thing (cause it sure isn’t for me), another good way of reducing your stress and anxiety is by writing down your thoughts on 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. This is something I want to get into and begin practicing my writing skills since I would one day like to make this blog my job.

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


#3: 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 gets a little nerdy here. DID YOU KNOW? That inΒ the long run, laughter can improve your immune system? Mmhmm, it sure does honey buns.

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.


#4: Avoiding procrastination

Boy did I procrastinate in college. I always felt stressed out but I never knew why. Hmm, I wonder why? lol

Since I’ve started this blog, I’ve realized the importance of being organized and keeping a schedule. I love organization and planning but I didn’t know how much of that was involved in keeping up with a blog. Now, that I don’t have all the time in the world to dedicate to my blog, I definitely take any free time I have to focus and grow my blog. 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. It’s good to have a backup plan.


#5: Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness is focusing your attention on the present moment. Focusing on 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.


#6: 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

I personally find this tip helpful in my life, especially when I find myself feeling overwhelmed and anxious. I’m sure some of you can relate but I always wake up with this lingering anxiety in the morning. I don’t know if it has to be with not knowing what the day will bring me or what but I get anxiety on the daily. I literally sit on my bed and do these deep breathing exercises to help calm my nerves so I can conquer my day. It helps, not completely, but to an extent and I say, hey, if it helps even just a little bit, do it.


#7: 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.

I love my fur babies to death. My closest friends and coworkers can attest to this. Our furry companions bring us happiness and security even.

Let me love you


#8: 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. Don’t go around being taken advantage of just so other people can move forward in life while you stay stuck in the same place.

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


#9: 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. Besides, painting is a form of expression and everyone can express themselves however they feel like it. There’s no right or wrong way to do it.

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.


#10: Be grateful

Keep a list of things that you’re grateful 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.

It’s good to stay grounded and have that constant reminder of how far you’ve come and all the blessings you have in your life.

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

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Until next time,

Yis x

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71 COMMENTS

  • Chelle

    These are all great tips especially getting crafty. Creativity or coloring books can calm down anyone.

  • Erika Lancaster

    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

    • Yissel R
      AUTHOR

      Yeah it’s understandable that people will not get you at time but it’s all about you.

  • JLyn

    Great reminders, thanks!

  • Nallely Tapia

    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

    • Yissel R
      AUTHOR

      Being distracted is big for me when I have some anxiety.

  • Venus Walton

    Ahhh, I knew this would be helpful! Deep breathing is key for me to stay in the moment and calm. Keeping up with journaling is another story. Being crafty is my business and my release.

  • Andrea

    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! β™₯️

    • Yissel R
      AUTHOR

      Thanks for reading! πŸ™‚

  • Brooklyn | La Ti Do

    When I’m stressed, I try to either go for a walk, play the piano, or hang out with my family’s cat.
    <3 Brooklyn | latidoblog.weebly.com

    • Yissel R
      AUTHOR

      OOO playing the piano sounds so amazing!!

  • Jerika Zimmerman

    Awesome advice! So many things can stress people out and this is an awesome guide to calm down!

    • Yissel R
      AUTHOR

      Thank you for reading! πŸ™‚

  • Alexis Nichole

    Meditation works so well for my anxiety and stress. I loved all your tips!

    Alexis | http://www.itssimplynichole.com

  • Vivian Gonzalez

    Need to work on mindfulness! Thanks for the great tips!

  • Jani V

    I love these!! I think having pets is so therapeutic for anxious people. Definitely that in combination with the other points can be incredibly beneficial. I need to improve on excersize and mindfulness.

    Thanks for sharing

    Jani from http://www.mylifeinmedicineblog.com

    • Yissel R
      AUTHOR

      Pets are my #1 at calming my anxiety. I love it

  • mamaofkings13

    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!

    • Yissel R
      AUTHOR

      Wow that’s awesome! Glad you found an outlet that helps you express yourself and calms you down.

  • wasikeannet

    It was worth the read.
    Very educative

  • Kaydeon

    Well written need to practice more of these

  • Julia

    Yes, exercise and sleep!! Getting enough is tough, but makes such a difference!!

  • momwifefitnesslifeblog

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

    • Yissel R
      AUTHOR

      Thank you for reading! πŸ™‚

  • Call Me Mars

    This is a great post! I struggle with GAD and depression so I’m constantly trying out new coping mechanisms and stress relief methods. Lots of good ideas here.

    • Yissel R
      AUTHOR

      I hope you try them out and something helps you πŸ™‚

  • xoxocb2

    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!

    • Yissel R
      AUTHOR

      Yeas, that’ll be a great idea to let the students in on some relaxing techniques.

  • Practigal Blog

    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.

    • Yissel R
      AUTHOR

      Glad to get the brain juices flowing.

  • Cat Chiang

    I so need this! I always find that writing in my journal helps.

  • travelwriter73

    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

    • Yissel R
      AUTHOR

      It must be so satisfying to tick off all the days haha

  • Alphonso White

    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.

  • Edwin Prasetio

    Be grateful… that’s the ultimate key. It will release our anxiety and emptiness of soul. Being grateful will also make us much happier in this life..

  • Shannon Paige

    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!

    • Yissel R
      AUTHOR

      haha I try to incorporate some humor into my posts! πŸ™‚ I hope the bullet journaling helps you out.

  • Miranda Knudtson

    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!

    • Yissel R
      AUTHOR

      It’s good. It wouldn’t matter if they get offended or butt hurt about it, it’s about you and your well-being and what you can handle.

  • ivana11sk

    gratitude is my fav πŸ™‚ it shifts focus to the positive aspects and that’s the key when feeling stressed πŸ™‚

    • Yissel R
      AUTHOR

      It has helped a lot with me shifting my thoughts in a more positive direction.

  • Great tips!

  • kristen

    these are really great tips! Work has been crazy lately, so this post is perfect timing for me!

    • Yissel R
      AUTHOR

      Glad to be of interest haha

  • Kirstyn Todd

    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

    • Yissel R
      AUTHOR

      OMG a Great Dane!!! How adorable. Pets make the best cuddle buddies. Hope you started journaling again. It sure does help.

  • mystyle5

    Hah, I really chuckled while reading this. You make some excellent points, and I love your writing voice! Followed you πŸ™‚

    • Yissel R
      AUTHOR

      Aww thanks, I’ve always wondered if people get my humor through writing.

  • glossedangeles

    So needed this today! Thanks!! xx πŸ™‚

  • Holly Lasha

    These are great tips. Thank you so much for this information. That is so helpful.

  • Being mindful is definitely important. It helps you focus on the things that actually matter instead of getting stressed about the others. Love these tips!

    -Jennifer
    https://maunelegacy.com

    • Yissel R
      AUTHOR

      Thanks for reading! πŸ™‚

  • My Dee Dee's Diary

    i do agree that laughing is a great way to cut down on stress. I don’t stress out though because I practice not worrying about stuff

    • Yissel R
      AUTHOR

      That’s an awesome way of looking at it.

  • Ralu Glunk

    This are the things that helped me too. Very well said! Good luck!

  • Dr. Elise Ho

    Journaling is a great anxiety reliever. It is also a great place to write out all the things you want to say that maybe you should not.

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