1. Get active
Exercise and physical activity can act as a stress reliever. They pump up your feel-good endorphins and refocus your mind on your body's movements, improving your mood and helping the day's irritations fade away. Consider walking, jogging, gardening, house cleaning, biking, swimming, weightlifting or anything else that gets you active.
Meditation instills a sense of calm, peace and balance that benefits both your emotional well-being and your overall health. Guided meditation, visualization and other forms of meditation can be practiced anywhere at any time.
A good sense of humor can help you feel better, even if you have to force a fake laugh. When you start to laugh, it lightens your mental load and causes positive physical changes in your body. Laughter fires up and then cools down your stress response and increases your heart rate and blood pressure, producing a good, relaxed feeling.
Reach out to family and friends and make social connections. Social contact is a good stress reliever because it can distract you, provide support, help you weather life's ups and downs, and make you feel good by doing good.
5. Assert yourself
Learn to say no to some tasks or to delegate them. Saying yes may seem like an easy way to keep the peace, prevent conflict and get the job done. But it may actually cause you internal conflict, which can lead to stress, anger, resentment and even the desire to exact revenge.
6. Do yoga
Yoga is a popular stress reliever. It brings together physical and mental disciplines to achieve peacefulness of body and mind, helping you relax and manage stress and anxiety. Try yoga on your own or find a class.
Sleep is the time when your brain and body recharge. The quality and amount of sleep you get affects your mood, energy level, concentration and overall functioning. If you have sleep troubles, make sure that you have a quiet, relaxing bedtime routine, listen to soothing music, put clocks away, and stick to a consistent schedule.
Writing out thoughts and feelings can be a good release for your emotions. Don't think about what to write — just let it happen. Write whatever comes to mind. No one else needs to read it, so don't strive for perfection in grammar or spelling. Just let your thoughts flow.
9. Get musical
Listening to or playing music is a good stress reliever. It provides a mental distraction, reduces muscle tension and decreases stress hormones. If music isn't your thing, turn your attention to another hobby you enjoy, such as gardening, sketching — anything that requires you to focus on what you're doing rather than what you think you should be doing.
10. Seek counsel
If stress is challenging your ability to cope or if self-care stress relievers just aren't relieving your stress, you may need to look for reinforcements in the form of professional therapy or counseling. Therapy may be a good idea if stress leaves you feeling overwhelmed or trapped, if you worry excessively, or if you have trouble carrying out daily routines or meeting responsibilities at work or home.