Easy Stress-Relieving Activities to Fit into Your Day

Stress seems kind of unavoidable these days, doesn’t it? We’re all so busy and have so many commitments at work, at school, or in our social lives, that it can be hard not to let all the stress and pressure pile up. There are all sorts of articles and bits of advice out there on how to reduce your stress levels, but sometimes they can seem kind of vague, or maybe you’ve tried them, and they didn’t work for you.


Never fear! The big thing to remember about handling stress is that it’s different for everyone. Sure, there are some things that seem to work well for most people, but everyone’s situation is different, so everyone’s stress relief will be different. That said, here are a few fun activities you can try that have been shown to help reduce stress levels:


  1. Reading. Whether you prefer light beach reads, serious non-fiction, or page-turning mysteries, spending some part of your day with a book (or an e-reader) is a great way to relieve stress. When you’re concentrating on what you’re reading, you aren’t as focused on other distractions or stressors, giving you much needed time to relax and destress. Reading is also good for your brain, which only adds to the benefits!
  2. Exercising. Exercise releases endorphins, and endorphins make you happy, right? Regular activity such as running, biking, or swimming is good for your heart and has been shown to improve self-esteem and mood. Moving your exercise outside instead of going to the gym can help reduce the temptation of comparing yourself to others, another way to help avoid further stress.
  3. Gardening. Whether you have a full-fledged garden in your yard, or simply a potted plant or two in your apartment, being around plants can have a big positive impact on your mood. Fresh flowers have been shown to promote relaxation and positive feelings and tending to plants can be a good distraction from the stress of work or school.
  4. Baking. Or cooking, but who doesn’t like to pop in a tray of chocolate chip cookies when they’re feeling stressed? Focusing on a recipe or mixing up something delicious takes your mind off of what’s stressful for you, and you get something tasty out of it at the end, which sounds like a win-win situation!


Stress can seem inevitable these days, with all the commitments that we have and the constant negativity that we get from the news and even from our social media feeds. While there are lots of great ways to reduce stress, you’ll probably find that some work better than others. Don’t be afraid to try something new if you’re finding yourself stressed – there’s sure to be a stress-relieving habit or activity for you!

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