Find out what are the best relaxing stress relief activities you can do at home.
Dealing with stress on a daily basis is inevitable. It is because of this that people today are more prone to having concerns such as anxiety, depression, and even physical sickness.
To help you avoid these, here are 31 easy relaxing stress relief activities that you can try.
Relaxing Stress Relief Activities You Can Do At Home
1. Relaxation exercises
Relaxation exercises are probably the most effective relaxing stress relief activities you can do at home. Here is a simple yet extremely relaxing stress relief exercise you can try.
Video: The best exercise for stress relief
2. Give and receive hugs
Hugging is another relaxing stress relief activity that we tend to forget. Hugs provide comfort and support especially if you are stressed and worried about a lot of things. Ask for hugs. Tell people around you that you want to get hugged and that you are ready to give out hugs to others who need them too. To the extreme, there are people who actually offer free hugs even to strangers.
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Meditation is about clearing your mind. You are stressed because your mind is cluttered with all your worries and problems. Stop what you are doing for a few minutes, get into a comfortable position, and relax. Meditate to clear your mind. It will help you feel lighter and keep things in perspective.
4. Do arts and crafts
Sometimes, all you need is a distraction to take a break from what stresses you. But make sure that it is a healthy distraction. Be involved in activities that bring out the artist in you. Find a quick craft-making project that you can finish within a short period of time. These creative activities are known to both relieve stress and stimulate the mind to get you refreshed and ready to face your tasks with a new perspective.
5. Take a warm bath
Only a few people will dispute the claim that taking a warm bath at the end of a long day at work is one of the best relaxing stress relief activity. Soaking in the warm water and being surrounded with your favorite scents will surely get the kinks out of your tense muscles.
What do you think is the best thing to do at home after a long day’s work? Take a warm bath! If you are too focused on work the whole day, you will develop some cold or tension spots in your body. It can be on your nape, shoulders, or knees.
6. Give yourself a treat
Reward yourself every once in a while. Working too hard can sometimes make you forget about yourself. Take the time to make sure that you are properly groomed and that you look well. Do not neglect your diet too. Eat the right amount of food at the right time. Give yourself a treat as a reward for doing well or simply for getting through the day, week, or month.
You can start with the following relaxing stress relief activities:
- go to the spa
- eat at a fine dining restaurant
- go on a weekend vacation
- get a makeover
- or do anything else that you enjoy doing.
Believe us, stress relief is guaranteed!
7. Listen to music
Music definitely has a lot of stress relieving benefits. It depends on what type of music you like. There are people who can actually sleep listening to metal songs. And there are also people who prefer listening to relaxing music like classic and ballads. It’s the best way to put yourself to sleep so you can get enough rest and forget about all the stress.
8. Get active in a sport or exercise
Doing a sport or exercise helps in stretching your muscles to relieve the tension in your body. This should make you feel lighter and get you in a good mood. Choose a sport that you love. It can be swimming, badminton, or archery. You can definitely add sports to your list of relaxing stress relief activities.
9. Share your worries
The best way to release your stress is to talk it out. Find a trusted partner and tell him about your problems and worries. Share with each other your sentiments and make sure that it remains between the two of you. You don’t have to give or receive advice. Sometimes, you just need someone who will listen to you and lift your spirits.
10. Get a massage
Getting a massage helps in relaxing your tension muscles. Even a five-minute massage can decrease your heart rate, which reduces stress response. Nowadays, there are spas where you can get professional massage service. But if you can’t really afford it, you can just ask a friend or family member to rub the body part where you feel any tension. Or you can try self-massage.
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11. Light a lavender-scented candle
Experts say that the smell of lavender helps relieve stress. There are many ways to apply the lavender scent in your home. You can put lavender oil in your bath water for a relaxing soak. You can also spray lavender-scented perfume in your bed, pillows, etc. But the cheapest way is to light a lavender-scented candle. Scented candles are a trend these days and are widely available.
12. Solve puzzles
This is another distraction from the things that occupy your mind. Solve puzzles to divert your mind from your worries. It can also improve your focus and problem solving abilities. Maybe after playing with puzzles, you’ll find out how to deal with your problems.
13. Eat chocolates
When you watch movies, it’s stereotypical to see a heartbroken girl or guy eating ice cream and chocolates! This is because sweets have stress relieving properties. When you eat them, your mood lightens up and you feel happier. The only problem is that this effect doesn’t last long. You have to keep on eating them, which is not good for your health. Just think of it as a first-aid stress-relief remedy.
14. Disconnect from social media
Studies have shown that people nowadays, especially the youth, are more prone to depression and low self-esteem. One of the causes for this is social media. Research results indicate that people try so hard to look good on social media and often feel pressured to always show their best side. Those who are not able to “keep up with the Joneses,” so to speak, usually lose confidence in themselves. The “noise” in social media might just be the cause of your stress. Disconnect and stay away for a few days and experience peace and quiet.
15. Choose to eat healthy foods
As the saying goes, “You are what you eat.” It just doesn’t apply to your physical health, but also to your mental and emotional health. The right balance of proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, also balances your overall well-being. So skip the junk foods and choose to eat healthy foods.
16. Watch videos that make you laugh
One of the best and easiest relaxing stress relief activities is laughing. Laughter is indeed the best medicine. It reduces stress hormone levels. If laughing by yourself seems weird to you, you can actually watch funny videos so you have the perfect “excuse” to just laugh your heart out. YouTube offers almost all types of videos, so you can just scroll through it for the funny ones.
17. Do an act of kindness
Happiness can be experienced if you receive love and kindness from other people. But it is better felt when you pass the love and kindness on. Studies show that people who regularly volunteer in charities are happier people than those who don’t. You don’t actually need to join a foundation or organization to do an act of kindness. Look around you and you’ll see how the world can be much better even with just a simple gift of love.
18. Expose yourself to sunlight
Have you ever wondered why people in cold areas are prone to depression? Well, it’s because the sun rarely shows up in those places. The sun provides Vitamin D, especially early in the morning. It affects the serotonin levels of your body and causes you to have good mood.
19. Drink chamomile tea
Chamomile has properties that will help you relax. It is one of those herbal medicines that give you not just physical healing, but also emotional relaxation. The best way to take it is to drink it as tea. You can order it at a coffee shop and unwind too.
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20. Go for a walk outside
It’s easy to feel suffocated when you have too much on your mind. Go outside and take a walk. Connect with your environment. Enjoy what nature has to offer. Watch other people all around you. Breathe the fresh air and feel the warmth of the sun’s rays on your skin. As you walk, you’ll see different places, buildings, parks, and other people doing their thing. Sometimes, just stepping out for a few minutes is all it takes to relieve stress.
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21. Talk to an old friend
Talking to an old friend is like going down memory lane. Sometimes, you just need to be reminded of the person you once were to keep things in perspective. It also reminds you that problems can be solved over time and you will survive as long as you stay strong. It also makes you feel that you are not alone as you go through your journey in this life.
22. Take a bubble bath
In taking a bubble bath, you can choose which scent you want to use. It can be the smell of citrus, lavender, fruits, or even candies. You can feel luxurious or even playful depending on the mood you want to have. Forget about your worries and just feel as light as the bubbles around you.
23. Give a compliment
Whatever you give to other people, it will come back to you. This is the law of karma. If you only want good things to come your way, you should give only good things, too. Give a compliment, but make sure that it’s sincere. No one wants to get a compliment from a fake person.
24. Make a delicious meal
A happy tummy makes a happy man too. You can get a delicious meal from a restaurant or just make it yourself. It’s more satisfying if you make it yourself because of the added satisfaction of knowing that what you are eating is a product of your own efforts. The entire process can be one big relaxing stress relief activity, from going to the market to buy the ingredients to the slicing, dicing, and cooking, and finally to the plating and serving. The prize for your hard work is the delicious meal that you can enjoy.
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25. Pet an animal
Pets are certified stress-relievers. They’re cute, furry, and can do tricks that can make you laugh. If you have pets, you know that they can be as compassionate as your best friend too. Spend time with your pets to relieve stress. If you do not have pets, there are establishments today where you can interact with and play with pets. You can spend your lunch hour at a pet cafe if you need a little push to get you through your day.
Dancing boosts your mood. It doesn’t matter if you’re good at it or not. The most important thing is you move your body while enjoying the music. Even watching dance videos on YouTube could make you feel better. So, dance your heart out! It also doesn’t matter if someone is watching or not. Dancing can also boost your self-confidence.
Experts say that smiling can easily change your mood. Even if you are sad or feel dejected, just smile. You will be easily reminded that “you” can make you smile and that you are responsible for your own happiness.
Smiling also has a huge effect on people seeing it. Someone who is having a bad day can actually feel better if you smile at him. It makes him realize that whatever problem he is experiencing, there’s hope and that’s reason enough to smile.
28. Use a stress app
Stress relieving apps are a trend these days. There are different types, actually. One example is stress relieving through games. There are also breathing apps that will count your inhales and exhales to take out stress. Whatever fits your style, download it on your phone.
29. Write a gratitude journal
Writing on a journal is like talking your problems out with a friend. You release the heavy burden in your heart and mind. But the best topic to write about is what you are thankful for every day.
Writing a gratitude journal helps you remind about the good things that are happening in your life. As you focus on them, you’ll realize that problems can be easily solved as long as you stay positive.
30. Take a nap
With all the busy schedules and stressful work you are experiencing, all you need is rest. You are just a human who gets physically, mentally, and emotionally tired Once in a while, you need to take a break from all the stressful work. The best way to do that is to take a nap. There are what you call “power naps” which will help reset your body. When you wake up, you’ll feel energized again. The shortest power nap is ten minutes.
31. Gaze at the stars
Everyone has access to nature and it’s free! Make use of it and relieve your stress by seeing its beauty. There are natural attractions that you do not have to make travel arrangements for to enjoy. Just go out and enjoy the morning sun or be amazed at the twinkling stars at night.
There are more relaxing stress relief activities that you can do other than these thirty one examples. Just look around and see how you can make anything a “stress reliever.” The best thing about most of them is that they can be done or enjoyed for free!