17 Ways I Get Rid of Stress
Updated: Jan 14, 2020
I'll divide the de-stressors into three categories.
1. Clearing the mind
2. Working through problems
3. Things that work for both 1 and 2
Clearing My Mind
Read my favorite book
-Mine is The Outsiders, but just any book you like that will put you in a good head space.
-I know that when I work-out I'm not thinking about anything else, so if you need to clear your head, this is a good way to do it.
-This is a hobby I personally like, but any creative hobby can work.
Re-watch favorite childhood movies
-You either get to relive the nostalgia, or make fun of how bad it is. My favorite movie to this day is The Neverending Story.
Work Through Things
-Since I'm someone who is constantly overthinking things, it helps to write it down. You might pick up on details you hadn't noticed before.
Call someone that makes you feel better
-Some people like having people try to help solve their problems, others just like to rant. Call the friend that knows how to make you feel better.
Look at the big picture
-Not always, but 9/10 times I'm stressed about something that won't matter in five years.
Make a hot drink
-Usually tea, but hot chocolate or decaf coffee can be good substitutes.
Tidy up my surroundings
-When I'm under a lot of stress I tend to shut down. Picking up is easy and reminds me it's not that hard to be productive.
-I like writing in cursive, trying different styles of writing. It directs your focus somewhere else and gives you small successes.
Listen to my favorite music/ soothing music
Go for a walk
-I have favorite places I like to walk to, but just a walk around the neighborhood can work too.
Go into town
-Going out with friends with a pre-planned activity is almost guaranteed to clear your mind and have a good time.
Take a bath
-I over-use this one. When I get into a bad headspace I over-shower, but in moderation this can be really nice.
-An alternative or something alongside working out.
Cry if need be
-Sometimes stress is just a bunch of things built up and the best way to alleviate it is a good cry.
Scream into a pillow
-Arguably not the best way to handle things, but it might make you feel better for a minute.