How to Relax When You are Feeling Stressed

11th May 2020

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No matter the reason, people are stressed. Stress can affect you in many ways. It is important to try to relax when you are feeling stressed. Here are some simple ways to relax even when you are feeling stressed.

We all have times of stress

We have all been stressed at times, but when you are feeling stressed, it can be hard to relax. This can affect your mood and your health. Learning how to relax when you are feeling stressed can help you to stay healthy and happy. 

What does stress do to you

In the short term, stress can make it difficult to focus and solve problems. It can wear you out and make your tired, as well as make you nervous and irritable. 

Chronic stress can not only affect your mood it can take a toll on your physical and mental health. Chronic stress can lead to depression, anxiety, and insomnia. It can have physical effects like digestive problems and it can lower your immune system’s ability to fight colds and other illnesses. 

Ways to relax when you are feeling stressed

Breathe

Breathing in and out is one of the easiest ways to relax. The next time you are feeling stressed and need to relax, try sitting or laying down. Place your hands on your stomach and take deep slow breathes. Focus on each breath and breathe in for a count of 3 and then out for a count of 3. Do this 5 times or until you are feeling relaxed. 

Chewing Gum

If you are stressed about a deadline at work or school, try chewing gum. It relaxes you from clenching your jaw and it also gives a mental boost. It has been shown to help you be more productive when you are feeling stressed. 

Take a Walk

Taking a walk is a great way to clear your head. Physical activity helps to improve your mood and releases endorphins to help you to feel better. Making time on a daily basis to include exercise is good for you on multiple levels. It will keep your stress level down and it will help to relieve the stress you are feeling. 

Laugh

Laughing is a simple thing that has many health benefits. It can ease pain, give the immune system a boost and help to ease anxiety and depression. It is, also, a way to connect with other people. 

Visualise Being Calm

I am sure you have heard the expression “Find your happy place” It might sound like a cliche but it is truly a great way to relax when you are stressed. Find a quiet place to sit and relax. Think about things that are calming and relaxing. Think about things like sitting at the beach, listening to the rain, or children laughing. 

Sing

You don’t have to have singing ability to sing. Singing is shown to improve mood and decrease stress. Turn on your favourite upbeat and happy song and start singing. A study in Japan shows that even people who did not enjoy singing had an improvement in their moods.

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  • Claire Nutman 13th May 2020 at 11:30 AM

    Closing my eyes and using a few breathing techniques is my most helpful tip….

  • Eileen Hindley 13th May 2020 at 11:31 AM

    Hot bubble bath and my favourite music 🙂

  • Marycarol 13th May 2020 at 11:37 AM

    Go for a walk or even outside and take a few deep breaths

  • Mel Pennie 13th May 2020 at 12:05 PM

    I always find that a walk with the dog helps, or losing myself in a really good book.

  • GooderDan 13th May 2020 at 12:43 PM

    Have a nice cup of tea and watch the world from my window

  • Rich Tyler 13th May 2020 at 2:49 PM

    Bath, wine, music

  • Annabel Greaves 13th May 2020 at 2:54 PM

    I love to read a good book to relax

  • Iona Johnson 13th May 2020 at 3:17 PM

    Read, listen to music and do yoga

    • Ria roe 26th May 2020 at 9:53 AM

      I love cleaning, followed by a long hot bubble bath!

  • juliette morrison 13th May 2020 at 3:47 PM

    A nice walk outdoors always helps relax me – i have a bad habit of not breating properly when i feel stressed and walking resets it

  • Amanda tanner 13th May 2020 at 4:23 PM

    Going to be honest and say a few glasses of wine, only during evenings obviously, during the day I’ve been learning yoga.

    • Michele 4th June 2020 at 9:53 PM

      Fearne Cotton and Happy Place, 2 favourites on Insta. Always offering sound advice.

  • Sheena Batey 13th May 2020 at 4:58 PM

    I do deep breathing and read to take my mind off things

  • Jessica Barber 13th May 2020 at 5:57 PM

    Usually I walk the dogs to clear my head and de-stress!

  • fiona waterworth 13th May 2020 at 7:21 PM

    I would normally have a long soak, however relaxing is a luxury at the moment with 4 adults and 3 children in the house

    • Sue Carter 7th June 2020 at 8:15 PM

      While the weather has been nice spending time in my garden has helped me to relax.

  • Megan Kinsey 13th May 2020 at 8:01 PM

    I love playing the piano to clear my head!

  • Ellie Spider 13th May 2020 at 9:46 PM

    I hve a couple of things I like to do – normally i would go to the gym and do some boxing but since that isnt an option right now i have my own punchbag at home, I also like to do some crafting or colouring and go for a walk with the dog in the local woods

  • angela Treadway 13th May 2020 at 9:50 PM

    erm glass of wine lol and music x

  • Jo 13th May 2020 at 10:31 PM

    Listen to some soothing music and read.

  • Solange 14th May 2020 at 2:23 AM

    I have a hot bath and/or a glass of wine.

  • Sally Collingwood 14th May 2020 at 8:34 AM

    A good walk in the fresh air.

  • Mark Fridlington 14th May 2020 at 12:27 PM

    Singing along to a few pop songs reduces my stress levels; although it probably increases those of people within earshot!

  • Abby 14th May 2020 at 12:58 PM

    This look looks so good, I’ve come close to buying it for so long now haha.

    Depending on the situation, I usually like to speak to my partner about things that are on my mind. Then it will usually a nice bath or shower, read or play a game, have a cup of tea, and a nap.

  • KATHY D 14th May 2020 at 6:32 PM

    I pull out my knitting – really calms me down

  • Laura Pritchard 14th May 2020 at 8:46 PM

    A hot bath and a good book!

  • Katie B 15th May 2020 at 12:19 AM

    Normally in a bath with wine!

  • Helen Arlow 15th May 2020 at 2:38 PM

    Recently I’ve being trying to learn yoga, I find it quite relaxing x

  • Helen Tovell 15th May 2020 at 4:43 PM

    I like to cook or bake when I’m feeling stressed or anxious

  • Victoria Jardine 15th May 2020 at 7:09 PM

    A bit of exercise helps, if I can bring myself to do it!

  • Lisa Wilkinson 15th May 2020 at 10:28 PM

    I like to read a book or listen to a meditation app

  • Ruth Harwood 16th May 2020 at 7:58 AM

    I’m pretty stressed at the moment, to be honest, as my neighbour is trying to destroy our lives, and I’m also ill with C19, not a good combination. She hacked my google last night! When I’m stressed I either come on the laptop and read some blogs listening to loud music, or I sit in peace and quiet reading a book – either one helps me get out of myself for a while! xx

  • Jenny McClinton 16th May 2020 at 9:24 AM

    I usually sing to make me feel better and relax, although if it is at bedtime I count to 20 over and over breathing in or out on each number.

  • Jade P 16th May 2020 at 3:59 PM

    I have a bubble bath with candles or listen to some music.

  • Carole Nott 17th May 2020 at 10:11 AM

    I always pick up something interesting to read

  • Mandy Doherty 17th May 2020 at 5:05 PM

    I turn my favourite tunes up good and loud then dance like a woman possessed

  • Joanne Greer 18th May 2020 at 8:25 AM

    I go for a little walk

  • Katie Harmer 19th May 2020 at 2:09 AM

    I play relaxation music, light some incense and I then sit comfortably and go into meditation. Just five or ten minutes can be enough to calm and relax me.

  • Margaret Gallagher 19th May 2020 at 2:00 PM

    Read or garden – works wonders

  • Iris 20th May 2020 at 10:23 AM

    A nice bubble bath and a good book, sometimes with a glass of chilled wine

  • Nina McFadden 21st May 2020 at 4:45 PM

    Read a book

  • ADEINNE TONNER 21st May 2020 at 4:52 PM

    Has to be a nice hot bubble bath listening to music

  • Michelle Smith 21st May 2020 at 10:01 PM

    Reading a book in the bath helps me to relax

  • Rebecca King 23rd May 2020 at 10:00 AM

    A glass of wine then lie in bed and listen to guided meditation

  • Rachael Sexey 24th May 2020 at 12:02 PM

    I meditate

  • Derek Wilson 24th May 2020 at 4:26 PM

    I like to potter about in the garden when stressed. It gives me time to gather my thoughts, and gets healthy fresh air into my lungs.

  • ashleigh allan 26th May 2020 at 8:25 AM

    Read a book or have a bath

  • Karen Barrett 26th May 2020 at 7:16 PM

    I potter about in my garden

  • Jayne Underwood 30th May 2020 at 9:52 PM

    yoga always helps

  • Kim Neville 3rd June 2020 at 11:59 AM

    Soak in epsom salts and a nice facial

  • claire gray 3rd June 2020 at 1:37 PM

    I use rescue remedy if I am really stressed, light scented candles and put on music!

  • Tammy Tudor 4th June 2020 at 10:54 AM

    I relax by having a bath while listening to some relaxing music or meditation

  • CAROL FROSDICK 4th June 2020 at 12:17 PM

    a walk on the beach collecting driftwood, shells and white stones for the garden – I am lucky to live on the coast.

  • Patricia Barrett 5th June 2020 at 12:57 AM

    I love to listen to music to help me relax, or take a bath.

  • Troy Easton 5th June 2020 at 6:18 PM

    I feel it easy to relax when stressed is to take a bath.

  • lynn neal 5th June 2020 at 9:44 PM

    Listening to music and having a dance!

  • Lorraine 6th June 2020 at 9:34 AM

    Reading a good book helps to to relax

  • Emma England 6th June 2020 at 10:31 AM

    A nice hot bath and good book always help me to relax and unwind.

  • Siobhan Tavener 6th June 2020 at 11:13 AM

    I always listen to music to help me relax

  • Diana 6th June 2020 at 12:20 PM

    Read a book.

  • natalie s 6th June 2020 at 12:31 PM

    One of three things: do some cooking, go on a walk, have an aromatherapy bath!

  • Erica Hughes 6th June 2020 at 6:19 PM

    An early night with a soak in the bath and a book in bed

  • Fiona Johnstone 6th June 2020 at 8:59 PM

    Ben feeling quite stressed lately but a walk with my dogs out in the countryside near me calms me down. Helps me to see the positives in my life.

  • Adrian Bold 7th June 2020 at 2:45 AM

    I like to read to wind down and relax.

  • Geri Gregg 7th June 2020 at 8:16 AM

    Having a relaxing shower, and reading a book. Self care is so important when relaxing!

  • Catherine Bullas 7th June 2020 at 8:59 AM

    Doing jigsaws relaxes me.

  • Sandra Fortune 7th June 2020 at 9:35 AM

    Yoga and deep relaxation exercises

  • Simone Kilshaw 7th June 2020 at 9:57 AM

    I do housework, get stuck in with a bit of elbow grease and get all my aggression and ‘argh’ moments out. Therapeutic and productive.

  • Helen Tyler 7th June 2020 at 10:06 AM

    Listening to my favourite music really helps me when I’m stressed

  • Pauline Lamont 7th June 2020 at 10:33 AM

    I find a face mask, burning candles and listening to music helps me

  • Leslie Evans 7th June 2020 at 11:34 AM

    In my mind I go to my Special place where the world and the people in it cannot find or hurt me.

  • Hayley Cooper 7th June 2020 at 11:34 AM

    I usually go and have a bath, it always makes me feel better afterwards.

  • Kay Broomfield 7th June 2020 at 2:16 PM

    A bubble bath and a nice gin and tonic!

  • Sarah Robinson 7th June 2020 at 2:49 PM

    I love to bake someone new takes my mind off everything!

  • Alison Barker 7th June 2020 at 3:17 PM

    Yoga or a nature walk.

  • Tracy B 7th June 2020 at 3:42 PM

    Deep breathing and listening to some relaxing music helps me to destress as does interacting with my pets

  • MERYL Thomas 7th June 2020 at 5:01 PM

    If it is in the day I go out into the garden if I can. Otherwise it is a long soak in the bath.

  • laura stewart 7th June 2020 at 5:08 PM

    have a cup of tea and sit in the garden

  • Rachel Craig 7th June 2020 at 5:09 PM

    I enjoy a good afternoon film. Watching Guys and Dolls today. Music / Musicals are nice, can be relaxing.

  • Karen Walder 7th June 2020 at 5:44 PM

    I take the dog for a walk….it’s great to get out in the fresh air!

  • Sallyanne Rose 7th June 2020 at 8:06 PM

    running or walking with my dog

  • DEBBIE MILLER 7th June 2020 at 8:51 PM

    My way to de-stress is to lie on my bed…. curtains closed completely….headphones on and soft music playing while breathing in and out until I can feel myself relaxing… I normally end up falling asleep.

  • A.E. ADKINS 7th June 2020 at 9:45 PM

    A good book with a lovely gin and tonic

  • Violet Phillippo 7th June 2020 at 10:29 PM

    A cuddle with my guinea pigs, especially if they fall asleep on my lap!

  • Georgie Wright 7th June 2020 at 10:44 PM

    I take my dog for a walk and get some fresh air to help clear my head!

  • yvonne pallett 7th June 2020 at 11:01 PM

    Do some yoga and meditation helps me

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