You've already found that exercise is the best stress reliever.
If the thought of "working out" is stressful, find some forms of exercise that don't feel like work. Roller skating is fabulous exercise; it works muscles in the inner thighs that nothing else reaches, and it burns a lot of calories, but it feels like playing. Ride a bike through a park. Do some gardening; it doesn't burn a lot of calories, but most people find it relaxing, and if you grow veggies and herbs, you can add healthy things to your diet. If you don't have a place of your own to do it, volunteer to take care of a bed at a nearby school, church, park, or nursing home, or find a traffic island (neutral ground, median strip, whatever it's called where you live) and ask the city streets department if you can "beautify" it. (The added advantage of volunteering is that you meet lots of people and make connections, which can reduce regular stress and job stress.) Or, if it's workout time and you don't feel like working out, just go for a walk. Walk to the grocery store or mall if there's one within a few miles. Think about whether you can bike to work once or twice a week. There are lots of ways to get exercise without actually "working out."
I find heat relaxing, and easy to do. Even just some warm water on the hands or face at work can be refreshing, but a hot shower or bath, or a foot soak, especially if cold is actually a stressor.
I guess during summer that might not be such an issue. Maybe if things are overheated, something cool would be good :-) A cold drink, a wet towel on the neck, or just an air conditioned store or movie theater.
I'm sure others will have more suggestions!
Try to remember to reward yourself, not only for achieving goals, but also just for sticking to your plans. Look for non-food rewards that are meaningful to you.
I was wondering if anyone has any ideas on how to relieve stress that won't stress me out? SOmetimes it stresses me out to think about how I HAVE TO WORK OUT. Although, I feel better after I do... I need some new ideas
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