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How to Relax When You are Feeling Stressed + #Giveaway

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


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. 


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. 


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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  • Reply Claire Nutman

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

    13th May 2020 at 11:30 AM
  • Reply Eileen Hindley

    Hot bubble bath and my favourite music 🙂

    13th May 2020 at 11:31 AM
  • Reply Marycarol

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

    13th May 2020 at 11:37 AM
  • Reply Mel Pennie

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

    13th May 2020 at 12:05 PM
  • Reply GooderDan

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

    13th May 2020 at 12:43 PM
  • Reply Rich Tyler

    Bath, wine, music

    13th May 2020 at 2:49 PM
  • Reply Annabel Greaves

    I love to read a good book to relax

    13th May 2020 at 2:54 PM
  • Reply Iona Johnson

    Read, listen to music and do yoga

    13th May 2020 at 3:17 PM
    • Reply Ria roe

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

      26th May 2020 at 9:53 AM
  • Reply juliette morrison

    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

    13th May 2020 at 3:47 PM
  • Reply Amanda tanner

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

    13th May 2020 at 4:23 PM
    • Reply Michele

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

      4th June 2020 at 9:53 PM
  • Reply Sheena Batey

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

    13th May 2020 at 4:58 PM
  • Reply Jessica Barber

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

    13th May 2020 at 5:57 PM
  • Reply fiona waterworth

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

    13th May 2020 at 7:21 PM
    • Reply Sue Carter

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

      7th June 2020 at 8:15 PM
  • Reply Megan Kinsey

    I love playing the piano to clear my head!

    13th May 2020 at 8:01 PM
  • Reply Ellie Spider

    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

    13th May 2020 at 9:46 PM
  • Reply angela Treadway

    erm glass of wine lol and music x

    13th May 2020 at 9:50 PM
  • Reply Jo

    Listen to some soothing music and read.

    13th May 2020 at 10:31 PM
  • Reply Solange

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

    14th May 2020 at 2:23 AM
  • Reply Sally Collingwood

    A good walk in the fresh air.

    14th May 2020 at 8:34 AM
  • Reply Mark Fridlington

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

    14th May 2020 at 12:27 PM
  • Reply Abby

    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.

    14th May 2020 at 12:58 PM
  • Reply KATHY D

    I pull out my knitting – really calms me down

    14th May 2020 at 6:32 PM
  • Reply Laura Pritchard

    A hot bath and a good book!

    14th May 2020 at 8:46 PM
  • Reply Katie B

    Normally in a bath with wine!

    15th May 2020 at 12:19 AM
  • Reply Helen Arlow

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

    15th May 2020 at 2:38 PM
  • Reply Helen Tovell

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

    15th May 2020 at 4:43 PM
  • Reply Victoria Jardine

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

    15th May 2020 at 7:09 PM
  • Reply Lisa Wilkinson

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

    15th May 2020 at 10:28 PM
  • Reply Ruth Harwood

    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

    16th May 2020 at 7:58 AM
  • Reply Jenny McClinton

    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.

    16th May 2020 at 9:24 AM
  • Reply Jade P

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

    16th May 2020 at 3:59 PM
  • Reply Carole Nott

    I always pick up something interesting to read

    17th May 2020 at 10:11 AM
  • Reply Mandy Doherty

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

    17th May 2020 at 5:05 PM
  • Reply Joanne Greer

    I go for a little walk

    18th May 2020 at 8:25 AM
  • Reply Katie Harmer

    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.

    19th May 2020 at 2:09 AM
  • Reply Margaret Gallagher

    Read or garden – works wonders

    19th May 2020 at 2:00 PM
  • Reply Iris

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

    20th May 2020 at 10:23 AM
  • Reply Nina McFadden

    Read a book

    21st May 2020 at 4:45 PM

    Has to be a nice hot bubble bath listening to music

    21st May 2020 at 4:52 PM
  • Reply Michelle Smith

    Reading a book in the bath helps me to relax

    21st May 2020 at 10:01 PM
  • Reply Rebecca King

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

    23rd May 2020 at 10:00 AM
  • Reply Rachael Sexey

    I meditate

    24th May 2020 at 12:02 PM
  • Reply Derek Wilson

    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.

    24th May 2020 at 4:26 PM
  • Reply ashleigh allan

    Read a book or have a bath

    26th May 2020 at 8:25 AM
  • Reply Karen Barrett

    I potter about in my garden

    26th May 2020 at 7:16 PM
  • Reply Jayne Underwood

    yoga always helps

    30th May 2020 at 9:52 PM
  • Reply Kim Neville

    Soak in epsom salts and a nice facial

    3rd June 2020 at 11:59 AM
  • Reply claire gray

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

    3rd June 2020 at 1:37 PM
  • Reply Tammy Tudor

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

    4th June 2020 at 10:54 AM

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

    4th June 2020 at 12:17 PM
  • Reply Patricia Barrett

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

    5th June 2020 at 12:57 AM
  • Reply Troy Easton

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

    5th June 2020 at 6:18 PM
  • Reply lynn neal

    Listening to music and having a dance!

    5th June 2020 at 9:44 PM
  • Reply Lorraine

    Reading a good book helps to to relax

    6th June 2020 at 9:34 AM
  • Reply Emma England

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

    6th June 2020 at 10:31 AM
  • Reply Siobhan Tavener

    I always listen to music to help me relax

    6th June 2020 at 11:13 AM
  • Reply Diana

    Read a book.

    6th June 2020 at 12:20 PM
  • Reply natalie s

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

    6th June 2020 at 12:31 PM
  • Reply Erica Hughes

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

    6th June 2020 at 6:19 PM
  • Reply Fiona Johnstone

    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.

    6th June 2020 at 8:59 PM
  • Reply Adrian Bold

    I like to read to wind down and relax.

    7th June 2020 at 2:45 AM
  • Reply Geri Gregg

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

    7th June 2020 at 8:16 AM
  • Reply Catherine Bullas

    Doing jigsaws relaxes me.

    7th June 2020 at 8:59 AM
  • Reply Sandra Fortune

    Yoga and deep relaxation exercises

    7th June 2020 at 9:35 AM
  • Reply Simone Kilshaw

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

    7th June 2020 at 9:57 AM
  • Reply Helen Tyler

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

    7th June 2020 at 10:06 AM
  • Reply Pauline Lamont

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

    7th June 2020 at 10:33 AM
  • Reply Leslie Evans

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

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

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

    7th June 2020 at 11:34 AM
  • Reply Kay Broomfield

    A bubble bath and a nice gin and tonic!

    7th June 2020 at 2:16 PM
  • Reply Sarah Robinson

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

    7th June 2020 at 2:49 PM
  • Reply Alison Barker

    Yoga or a nature walk.

    7th June 2020 at 3:17 PM
  • Reply Tracy B

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

    7th June 2020 at 3:42 PM
  • Reply MERYL Thomas

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

    7th June 2020 at 5:01 PM
  • Reply laura stewart

    have a cup of tea and sit in the garden

    7th June 2020 at 5:08 PM
  • Reply Rachel Craig

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

    7th June 2020 at 5:09 PM
  • Reply Karen Walder

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

    7th June 2020 at 5:44 PM
  • Reply Sallyanne Rose

    running or walking with my dog

    7th June 2020 at 8:06 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.

    7th June 2020 at 8:51 PM
  • Reply A.E. ADKINS

    A good book with a lovely gin and tonic

    7th June 2020 at 9:45 PM
  • Reply Violet Phillippo

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

    7th June 2020 at 10:29 PM
  • Reply Georgie Wright

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

    7th June 2020 at 10:44 PM
  • Reply yvonne pallett

    Do some yoga and meditation helps me

    7th June 2020 at 11:01 PM
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