5 Things To Do When You’re Seriously Stressed

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We’ve all been there. You have a million things to do and no time to do them. You’re staying up late, waking up early, and running around all waking hours, just so you can get it all done. Stress is different for everyone, so the main thing to remember is to stop and relax.

If you feel burnt out and need to refresh, here are 5 things to do that can help.

1. Breathing exercises

This is one that you can do anywhere, anytime. Take a pause, sit back, and take a few long, slow, deep breaths. If you have five or ten minutes, try doing a quick meditation.

The mental and physical benefits of meditation are amazing. Try it, you’ll feel so clear and calm. Apps like Headspace make it incredibly easy and fun.

2. Have some “me” time

It’s important to take time for yourself at least once (or more) per week. Whether that’s taking a long bath, curling up with a good book, or painting your nails while watching Netflix, give yourself a little time to focus on yourself and not what is stressing you out.

3. Break a sweat

The best way to beat stress is to sweat it out. All those endorphins flood your body, make you feel amazing and make you feel as though you accomplished something. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a mile walk or an intense kickboxing class, getting up and active will release those feel-good hormones and fight stress

4. Make a gratitude list

Instead of focusing on all the worries in life, and tasks you need to get done, grab a piece of paper and a pen and write down everything you’re grateful for. You can start as small as your family, dog, job, health, anything that’s positive in your life. Seeing all the great things you have to be thankful for will make you less stressed!

5. Sleep

The benefits of getting enough sleep are incredible. On the flip side, not getting enough sleep can create some terrible side effects, one of them being stress. So stop rushing to finish whatever you’re working on, turn off the laptop, smartphone, tablet, etc, and try Gwyneth Paltrow’s clean sleeping technique.



When was the last time you felt seriously stressed, and how do you deal with it? Pop a note in the comments below, let’s talk about stress!

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Written by Audra Koch