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Healthy Ways To Release Stress & Anxiety

Updated: Jan 14, 2023

Everyone experiences waves off stress or anxiety once in a while. Always remember: it’s okay and healthy to feel these feelings and to let them out. Also, it’s always good to make sure you have the tools to handle these feelings when they come. Read on to refresh yourself with some healthy ways you can release stress and anxiety.

1. Read

When you are stressed or anxious settling down to read a book can feel a bit like a challenge, but it has a greater impact than you think. Focusing on something other than yourself for a minute gives you the escape you need and can really give your head a break.

2. Hobbies

Finding time for your hobbies, or picking up a new hobby, can be a relief altogether. Writing down your schedule can really help you visualize when and where you can fit in time to relax or work on a project, or pick up a hobby.

3. Company

When you are stressed, you may want some alone time, but spending an hour or two with a friend or a loved one may be what you really need. Meet your friends after work to try out the new bubble tea place downtown, or take a walk with your SO or neighbor. Surround yourself with some good company who uplift you can work wonders.

4. Exercise

Speaking of taking a walk, physical activity is always a great stress reliever. After a stressful day at work you may not want to go for a run, or go to the gym; but that workday stress may lead you to a new PR before you know it. Try a new online yoga routine or a new TikTok dance.

5. Plan Healthy

Switching up your routine in the morning or night alone can help you wake up more motivated and ready to face your daily challenges. So always be sure to plan enough rest at night, leave room for healthy meals, and buy that new water bottle to help you feel happier about drinking more water throughout the day. Add a journal to your routine if you need some assistance finding balance in these basics, it can go a long way.

Now you have some healthy ways to release stress and anxiety behind your toolbelt. Don’t let these feelings overwhelm you in your day to day life. It’s okay to ask for help when and where you need it, but don’t be afraid to try some new stress and anxiety relief tactics like these.

What are some of your favorite ways to release stress and anxiety?

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