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7 Ways to De-Stress

Try These Tips When You Feel Stressed

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4. Play a board game
Remember these? Maybe there are a dozen stashed in your closet, waiting to be dusted off. Monopoly probably should be saved until you have a few hours to spare, but quick kids’ games like Candy Land, Chutes & Ladders, Connect Four, or even Twister are always good for a smile.

5. Work up a sweat
Have some pent up frustrations? There’s no better way to get rid of them than by exercising. Pop in a workout tape, hop on your bike or grab your jump rope. You’ll be too busy working up a sweat to worry about what’s stressing you out. Picture the stress leaving your body through your pores.

6. Plan something fun
Is there a trip you want to take but never had time to get it together? Or a dinner you’ve always wanted to make? Now’s the time. Not only will you take your mind off things, but you’ll be spending time eagerly anticipating a great getaway or meal later. It’s a win-win situation.

7. Take a hot bath
A hot bath will initially give your body a kick, which in turn will give your mind a kick too – and then it’ll slow both down. Add bubbles and a few candles and you have the ultimate soothing atmosphere. A rubber ducky is optional.

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Member Comments

  • I've been de-stressing by walking every day. I also made a promise to myself to write a Spark blog every day. Both are good for me because I'm disabled and don't work. My days can easily spiral into doing nothing. These have been helpful for me. - 5/3/2016 8:47:31 PM
  • I de-stress by cleaning my house! I turn some music on, get my son dancing with me, & get going! We make a day of it! - 4/21/2016 12:33:58 PM
  • MAGENTA4212
    Definitely walking and petting my dogs - preferably at the same time
    oh and swimming in our pool - just floating and relaxing - 2/23/2016 10:27:30 PM
  • Whoever is responsible for your article images probably watched the shake weight commercials without laughing. - 2/23/2016 11:48:40 AM
  • Playing my ukulele is my escape. :) - 1/30/2016 8:52:19 AM
  • HARTSMOM
    A relaxer for me is my adult coloring book. I can get totally engrossed in it. - 1/28/2016 9:38:17 AM
  • Color in. A coloring book. - 1/28/2016 9:37:30 AM
  • SPINNER86
    I agree with dog hugging! Our dog loves to be petted, massaged LOL You can't be stressed when your stroking silky ears and looking into soulful eyes. - 11/9/2015 11:28:58 AM
  • Hugging my dog always helps. He's always willing to give me some love (unwanted doggy kisses!) or just lies there while I hug him and that always puts me in a good mood.

    Reading while listening to soothing music is also a big help.

    One time I made pie when I was fuming after an argument with my brother. The whole process of beating ingredients together calmed me down in the end. - 10/23/2014 12:12:49 PM
  • CRAMPERELLA
    I would add meditation to that list. I have been practising mindfulness off and on for a few years and it has been a life-saver. - 8/24/2014 6:33:25 PM
  • Don't you love that last sentence!!! Cute! - 7/18/2014 9:40:34 PM
  • I am a big fan of a nice bath...I try to do it at least once a week. It is my quiet time...I take a magazine to read and have good music on. It's very relaxing. Never thought about playing board games...that might be fun, I LOVE Candyland but probably haven't played it in at least 15 years (since our kid was little - he's an adult now). Sorry is fun too! - 5/19/2014 9:20:20 PM
  • BUBBLEGUM_FAIRY
    Journaling helps me a lot. I find when you write down your emotions and the scattered thoughts in your head, you become more aware of what you are feeling. Plus, it is like a release getting it all out of you. - 4/12/2014 9:16:15 AM
  • I will remember your sister in prayer Justasiam knowing he is able an understanding the Lord loves your sister even more than you do - 2/4/2014 5:37:57 PM
  • Listening to meditation and Spa like music soothes me when feeling anxious or stressed. I enjoy the free apps I use on my phone & iPod mostly at work. - 1/11/2014 6:52:31 PM

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