10 Ways To Relieve Stress and Anxiety

So since last week, my motivation levels have been almost non-existent. I deal with anxiety and it is very easy to get into a thought pattern of “what’s the point?”. I will question life and focus on everything negative.Then the worry builds up and life just comes to a complete standstill. But over the years I have learned how to deal with this and I’m actually a pro at it now! I know how to shake off the blues within minutes now. Don’t get me wrong, some days require more than just shaking it off but it is possible to encourage yourself in order to see the bigger picture.These are my personal tips! In no way am I a doctor! These are things that help me naturally relieve my stress and anxiety when there at its peak. So in no specific order, I’m gonna list 10 ways to Relieve Stress and Anxiety (naturally)

10. Breathe!

Sometimes we get overwhelmed and forget to relax and breathe! Take a moment to remove yourself from the situation. Take a deep breath in and let it out slowly! Do this as many times as it takes until you feel yourself relaxing. Once you’re relaxed you will be surprised at how calm and focus you become. While I breathe I like to pray or meditate! (Not trying to get all religious on ya but that’s just my personal preference)

9.Write It Out!

When I feel overwhelmed, I write all the things that are bothering me down. Once I have done that I organize each problem from small issue to major issue! Once you have everything listed and organized,  you begin to realize, it may not be as serious as you thought. Plan a solution for each problem from smallest to greatest and you will literally feel the stress come off your shoulders as you work through each issue.

8. Change Your View!

If you feel stressed or frustrated. Change what you see. For example: if you’re in the house, go outside. A change in scenery can always change your mood! If you’re sitting at your desk at work, face your chair in a different direction for a few minutes. What you see is what you’ll feel, and little changes can make a big difference!

7. Listen to Music

It is a scientific fact that it takes your entire brain to listen to music (which is why people turn the music down in a car when searching for the right address or parallel parking) Turn up the bass! Listen to something upbeat or something relaxing. Do NOT listen to anything depressing or sad it will only make you feel worse. Music is a natural healer of a lot of things and can quickly change your mood!

6. Take a Relaxing Bath or Shower

It’s just something about hot water that just melts all your troubles away.  You can have an all out release crying session or just sit and clear your mind. Whatever you do, leave it with and in the water. Metaphorically wash your troubles away. Once you come out you will feel renewed and have a clear mind to think.

5.Organize Your Home

I know, I know!  Cleaning right. -__-  But you would be surprised at how a well-organized and de-cluttered house can make for an instant mood changer! Not to mention while you clean you can take your frustrations out on the clutter instead of other people. When you’re done you will feel organized, and when you feel it, you become organized in your thoughts.

4. Talk to Someone

Talking to someone ALWAYS helps! Just make sure that person is a trustworthy, dependable person! Lord knows I will go to my husband and just vent! After I’m done I can feel the pressure come right off! He is also my voice of reason when I don’t have my own. That’s why if you chose to vent it needs to be with someone you can trust and depend on to give you good advice if needed.

3. Be Around Your Favorite People

Sometimes just being around people you love can turn any horrible day into a better one. I personally love being around my kids. Their pretty little faces can brighten my day almost immediately! They are just pure, good energy and puts me in a better place! They remind me that everything I do is for them, so it makes everything worth it.

2. Take a Nap

Sometimes lack of sleep makes your stress and anxiety worse. Take a 30 minute to an hour nap and you’ll most likely wake up with a different perspective and ready to conquer whatever it is that is bothering you.

1. Pamper/ Treat Yourself

Just simply taking care and focusing on you is really all you need. Sometimes we just let stuff pile on and let life get the better of us and really just neglect ourselves. Make time for yourself! Even if you just take 30 minutes alone to do some you love is better than nothing!

Remember people stress kill. So it’s important for us to recognize the signs and handle them immediately. These are some of the things I do to help talk me down from a possible anxiety attack. I hope these tips help you like they have helped me over the years 🙂