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5 Quick Ways to De-Stress Your Life

5 Quick Ways to De-Stress Your Life

I’ve noticed that I let things pile up. This past week, I got sick. Which annoyed me because I couldn’t get as much done as I’d wanted to. Which gave me time to contemplate how difficult my life had been the past year. Which just made me depressed and more sick.

While stressful situations can make us more vulnerable to sickness and depression, there are ways to drive these feelings away. We can’t choose everything that happens to us, but we can choose how we react. Next time a stressful situation hits, de-stress your life in the following ways:

1. Read and listen to inspirational things. When you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed, the last thing you should do is watch a violent movie or read a depressing story. Instead, read books that inspire you (you can take a look at my favorite books here). Listen to TED talks from admirable people accomplishing great things in the world. Believe that there is good in the world.

2. Try stretching. Each morning, pay attention to your body by gently stretching it. One way to do this is through a yoga class. In fact, one study shows that yoga can reduce anxiety in women. Even if you don’t have time for a full exercise session, a few minutes of stretching can still do your body good.

3. Send yourself positive messages. Instead of drowning in negative thinking, focus on the good. Write down:

  • 10 things you’re grateful for
  • 10 people you love
  • 10 things you’re looking forward to in the future

You could also try writing down your negative feelings, tying them to a balloon, and literally “letting them go.”


4. Write in a journal. If you have thoughts or feelings you want to let go of, try writing them down in a journal. Talking to a trusted friend can also help you de-stress; after all, it’s good to know someone else cares.

5. Eat healthy food. Junk food and desserts are not going to help you feel good long-term. Instead, enjoy colorful meals that include whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and lean protein—I, for one, really want to try this recipe for salmon salad.


Have other ideas for coping with stress? Comment below.

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