75 Easy Stress Busters

By , By Woman's Day Staff

Just Breathe

Whether your tension is small-time or big-league, unwind with our smartest stress-less advice from the past 75 years.

Instant Tension Zappers

1 | Take three deep breaths—5 seconds in, 5 seconds out—to slow your heart rate and the pace of your stress hormones. April 2010

2 | Copy a cat: Stretch and then shake it out. February 1963

3 | Sing a favorite song. You'll breathe more fully and the increased oxygen will do your body good. May 2000

4 | Hang your head forward as if it were a heavy ball, then move it slowly to the side, back, side and front. Repeat. Circle around twice in the opposite direction. July 1975

5 | Sit up straight. When your shoulders are back, you open up your chest and breathe more freely. April 2010

6 | Hold the hand of someone you love. Skin-to-skin touch is calming. September 2011

7 | Pop a piece of gum. Chewing loosens your jaw, where you often store stress. November 2003

8 | Take a mental break—focus on a photo of a loved one, a goal or a favorite place. April 2010

9 | At work, walk over to someone's desk to talk, go to the watercooler, force yourself to move. It will relieve physical tension. May 1984

10 | Smooth on hand lotion. The smell and feel is wonderfully distracting. February 2006

11 | Say a prayer—it's one of the most potent antidotes to stress. Connecting with a higher power helps you gain strength and clear your mind. September 1998

12 | Use your whole body as you yawn. The deep exhalation is relaxing and the stretch loosens your muscles. November 1963

13 | Lie on your back, keeping your knees bent, feet on the floor. This opens the front of your body and quiets your mind. April 2010

14 | Let the sun restore you. Turn your face to it, close your eyes and bask in the natural warmth for several minutes. November 2003

15 | When sitting, tense your body from head to toe. Count to 10 and then go limp. Repeat. July 1975

16 | Try scream therapy: Let out a shout in your car or in a field. You'll feel better afterward! September 2011

17 | Peel an orange. Breathe in the aroma as you tear away the skin. Then pop the sections into your mouth for an instant refresher. November 1979

18 | Breathe slowly through your nose (with your mouth closed). Visualize your breath going to the center of your head, then going out. Do this 5 to 15 times. April 2010

19 | If your heart is pounding, give it a musical rhythm. The idea is not to fight the symptom but to ride it like a wave. March 1990

20 | Place your hands on your shoulders, elbows close to your body. Inhale and bring elbows up as far as possible, stretching your head back. Exhale as you return elbows to start position. Repeat several times. February 1967

21 | Putter with a plant. Pluck off dead leaves, trim new growth, give it water and a few words of encouragement. November 1979

22 | Brush your teeth. The sudsy soothing rhythm can freshen your outlook. November 2003

23 | Try this easy meditation: Think of a favorite phrase. Repeat it deliberately. Let thoughts pass if they interrupt you and return to the repetition. May 2000

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"Take three deep breaths" - I personally do this. Could it be like releasing your stress out and it just relaxes you. But sometimes whenever i feel burned out and straining my physical body, I do massage and yoga. Report
I didn't read all of them, but I've always loved the woman who can yell and scream and cut the guy's clothes up and throw them out on the lawn, etc. I could NEVER be like that as a Libra. But, then she says "Well, I was MMMMAAAADDDDDD!
LOL That sure relieves stress. Report
I combine a few of these...I will play my music very loud in the car...you can be sure I'm screaming along with Skillet! I FEEL LIKE A MONSTER! Makes me smile every time! Report
exercising and prayer. Report
I need to read all 75 almost everyday. Thanks for this list. Report
My favorite stress relief technique is deep breathing. You can entirely reset your nervous system with just 5 deep breaths. I like to go outside and take a brisk walk, deep breathing the whole time, and by the time I return home (even if it's just 15 minutes later), I feel amazing. Report
when I get stressed usually before having some friends over for dinner I work out in my studio and make either jewelry or something from the clay ,works everytime!! Report
What a great collection. I enjoyed seeing the dates that I assume the tip was first published. I'm reminded that stress, and the means to control it, are timeless. My favorite is from January 1949:

"For 5 minutes each day, forget your plans and worries and live in the present, enjoying what's around you." Report
I will be saving this one! Report
To me, there's nothing to beat stress as to just to sit down at the piano and play anything that comes to mind. I play a great deal 'by ear' and before long I am in my own world and my troubles just disappear. Very relaxing! Report
Great tips! I'll be coming back to this article from time to time. Report
I love these! Report
Thanks for the great reminders and new tips. I never thought of brushing my teeth as a stress buster. Report
This is great info. I'll try a few to see what comes of it. Report
Yes, but do the plants answer back? Report
Mine is being able to walk without a lot of pain then I can do almost what I want. Report
Great ideas...I plan on trying some! Report
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Lots of good ideas. Thanks! Report
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have to print this list! Report
Great ideas. Thank you!! Report