25 Ways to Relax when you’re Stressed Out

1.Write a list of 10 things you’re grateful for.

2. Go out for a walk with a family member or pet.

3. Create and listen to a playlist of calming songs.

4. Spend time on your most relaxing hobby.

5. Meditate — you should try it at least once if you haven’t already.

6. Make sure you get enough sleep.

7. Step into your favorite workout.

8. Call up an old friend.

9. Give “box breathing” a try. (Four counts inhale, four holding breath, four exhaling, four holding after exhale.)

10. Read your favorite book or that new one you haven’t gotten around to.

11. Load a soothing essential oil into your diffuser and switch it on.

12. Draw a repetitive pattern on a scrap of paper, such as figure eights.

13. Stretch, especially those tense muscles that are starting to hurt.

14. Spend some time in nature, or as close to it as you can.

15. Light a few candles.

16. Drink a cup of warming tea.

17. Keep a journal about what’s stressing you and how you can relieve or resolve the issues.

18. Bake your favorite treats for yourself, family and friends.

19. Visualize yourself in a calming, serene environment.

20. Dance to your favorite song.

21. Take a nap.

22. Cuddle your partner and/or pet.

23. Disconnect from all your screens for as long as you’re able.

24. Spend 30 minutes doing yoga.

25. When all else fails — retail therapy!