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Why Prioritizing Stress Relief Can Improve Your Overall Well-Being

Updated: Mar 7

You can’t avoid stress, but you can manage it. Many simple relaxation

strategies can help you transform stress. When you practice them every

day, they will become healthy habits. Learning to adapt well in the face of challenges can bolster your energy reserves, support your health, and improve your quality of life.


Strategies for Transforming Stress & Why Stress Relief Matters!

Stress is one of the top health concerns of the 21st century—and for a good

reason. The majority of visits to primary care doctors are due, in part, to the

effects of chronic stress. For example, prolonged stress has been linked to

health issues like heart disease, diabetes, and chronic pain. Ongoing stress

can also harm your mood, emotions, and energy level.

Studies suggest that practicing relaxation methods can help you cope in a

wide variety of situations and may improve health-related symptoms.

Many proven stress-relief approaches are listed here. Choose the methods that appeal to you and work them into your daily routine.

For example,  Spend time with a pet!

& 10 minutes of yoga every day during your lunch break. Or, listen to relaxing

music for 15 minutes every night before bed.

Go for a walk or do other physical activities you enjoy

Journal about things you are grateful for

Use a free gratitude app online

Listen to music that relaxes you

Dance to your favorite music

Diffuse a soothing essential oil, such as sweet orange or lavender,

in your home or car

Give yourself a foot massage

Enjoy a warm water footbath with lavender essential oil

Take 5 minutes to focus on breathing deeply

Visualize in detail a scene that relaxes you, such as the beach,

mountains, or a flower garden

Spend time with a pet

Talk with supportive friends or family

Try yoga, tai chi, or qigong

Journal about a challenging situation

Connect with nature, such as by gardening, hiking, or feeding birds

Be creative, such as by coloring, painting, woodworking, knitting,

scrapbooking, or other crafting

Sit in a sauna or soak in a hot tub

Get a professional massage or swap massages with a partner that

you trust

Enjoy a funny movie or book

Try a laughter yoga session, such as by joining others to imitate

different types of laughs

Spend time in spiritual or religious practices

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