How to Relax and De-Stress Your Mind and Body: 40+ Proven Tips


From crazy deadlines to the struggles of morning commute to cranky kids—stress is a part of your life, and there is no getting around it. Stress is toxic and has a tendency to creep up in your system and cause physical, mental, and emotional illnesses.

Stress management is crucial to your well-being; but, more often than not, you tend to put it on the back burner. Although the physical signs of stress might not always be visible, your mind and body need to unwind and get away from the daily grind.

Reducing stress will enhance your well-being and will help you live a disease-free life.

Follow these 40+ proven tips to relax and de-stress your mind and body
Follow these 40+ proven tips to relax and de-stress your mind and body

Here are 40+ proven tips to help you relax and de-stress your mind and body.

  1. Exercise regularly. Exercising can instantly relax your body. It triggers the brain to release feel-good hormones called endorphins,which make you feel good instantly. So, exercise regularly to relax and de-stress your mind and body.

    Exercise in order to relax and de-stress your mind and body
    Exercise in order to relax and de-stress your mind and body
  2. Do some stretching. If your job requires you to sit at your desk whole day, standing up and stretching your arms and spreading your fingers to the sky can help you de-stress. Inhale as you stretch your arms up and exhale as you bring them down. This helps in releasing mood-boosting endorphins that make you feel happy and relaxed.

    Stretch to relax and de-stress your mind and body
    Do some stretching in order to feel happy and relaxed
  3. Take a deep breath. Breathing can help you relax. Taking a few deep breaths can help reduce tension, relive stress, and reduce blood pressure.
  4. Meditate. Meditation helps you unwind and relax. It teaches you to focus inward, attain greater self-control, and helps you manage stress effectively. With a calm and composed mind attained through a daily meditation ritual, you will be able to learn, think, plan, and do things in a more productive manner.

    Meditate daily to relax and de-stress your mind and body
    Meditate daily to develop self-control and get relief from everyday stress and anxiety
  5. Do yoga. Yoga helps you relax and feel calm and positive. Most poses involve opening the shoulders, relive neck tension, and do away with many of the physical symptoms of stress.

    Do yoga to relax and de-stress your mind and body
    Do yoga in order to calm and de-stress yourself
  6. Visualize. Visualization will help you quickly de-stress yourself. Simply make yourself comfortable and picture yourself in your favorite place—like your home, a beach, or any place that makes you feel happy and relaxed. This will trick your brain and will help you calm down instantly.
  7. Take a short walk. Nature is the best healer. After a long day at work, consider a 10-minute walk in a park or any green space to relax your mind and body. While walking when you focus your attention on the greenery around you, you are actually focusing on something and putting your body into a state of meditation. Avoid being on the phone or checking your social media updates when out for a walk. If possible go barefoot. It will help you absorb free electrons from the earth and has a powerful antioxidant effect on the body. You will feel more connected to Mother Nature and it will help you to relax and de-stress your mind and body.
  8. Take a bubble bath. A bubble bath is great for relaxing your muscles and your mind. It improves your blood circulation and cell movement. Pour yourself a glass of wine, get your novel, light candles, and immerse yourself in a tub of warm water. Do not linger in the bath for more than 10 minutes.

    Take a bubble bath to relax and de-stress your mind and body
    Take a bubble bath to relax and de-stress your mind and body
  9. Get a massage. Massage helps you get rid of all the piled-up stress and tension. Adding aromatherapy oils such as chamomile and lavender in your massage can have added advantage. Massage can help lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety and stress. Massage can also strengthen the immune system and enhance your sense of well-being. It has such a calming effect that it lets you sleep better. Frequent massage reduces stress hormone–cortisol. High levels of cortisol are associated with high blood pressure, suppressed immune system function, and obesity.

    Get a massage to relax and de-stress your mind and body
    Get a massage in order to get rid of all stress and tension from your body and mind
  10. Relax your muscles. Tighten your muscles as much as you can and then release them. Start with your toes, feet, legs, knees, and gradually proceed your way upward. This practice will help you reduce anxiety and stress.
  11. Take a nap. A quick power nap during daytime can help you relax and relieve stress. It can instantly improve your mood and give an extra dose of energy you need for the rest of the day.

    Take a nap to relax and de-stress your mind and body
    Take a nap to relax and rest your mind and body
  12. Keep a gratitude journal. Write down a list of positive things at the close of the day. What made you happy, and why they made you happy? When you focus on the good things in your life, it will take your mind off from the stress and tension in your life. Writing down in your journal will help you feel calm and lower your stress levels.
  13. Use aromatherapy. Essential oils can promote relaxation and help relieve stress. Pour a few drops of any essential oil on your handkerchief or a cotton pad and carry it in your pocket. The scent will be there with you for the whole day. You can even add it to your shower or mix few drops of essential oil to three tablespoons of carrier oil and simply massage your hands or feet to help you relax. You can even burn candles made of essential oils to de-stress. Smelling lavender and rosemary oil for 5 minutes can reduce the cortisol levels—the stress hormones in your body.
  14. Use pressure therapy. If you are stressed out and need to instantly calm yourself, apply pressure to the space between your second and third knuckle, near where your finger and hands meet. While moving your thumb down your middle finger toward your palm, you will come across a soft indented spot on the inside of your finger, if your palm is facing up. When you apply pressure on this area, it activates a nerve that loosens the area around the heart and will help you get rid of any stressful feeling.
  15. Laugh and de-stress. Laugh as much as you can. After a long day at work, there’s nothing like curling up in your bed and watching your favorite funny video. Laughter releases dopamine in your brain and dopamine helps in reducing stress. Find what makes you laugh and make it a point to include it in your daily routine.

    Laugh to relax and de-stress your body and mind
    Laugh and try to find joy in everyday life
  16. Hug and kiss more often. Hugs and kisses can reduce stress considerably. Hugging causes your brain to release serotonin and endorphin to blood vessels to create pleasure and reduce sadness. Serotonin can enhance your mood and boosts your self-esteem. Kissing also releases endorphins that counteract stress and depression. So, go ahead and give lots of hugs and kisses to your loved ones in order to relax and de-stress your mind and body.

    Hug and kiss to relax and de-stress your mind and body
    Hug and kiss your loved ones to relax and de-stress
  17. Chew a gum to de-stress. Your jaw tends to hold on to a lot of tension and stress, especially for those who have a habit of grinding their teeth. Chewing a gum stimulates your senses by involving smell, taste, and touch, thereby improving your mood and relaxing your mind and body. Constantly chewing a gum for more than 10 minutes reduces stress hormone, namely cortisol in your body.
  18. Use a golf ball. You can get an impromptu relaxing foot massage by rubbing your feet back and forth over a golf ball.
  19. Squeeze a stress ball. When you feel stressed out and tired, try squeezing a stress ball.It will help you relieve stress and relax instantly.
  20. Pour cold water over your wrists. Next time when you feel stressed out, pour some cold water over your wrists and behind your earlobes. This will relax you as major arteries are located in these areas and cooling these areas will calm down your entire body and mind.
  21. Learn something new. Spend your time learning something new that interests you. Be it a new skill, new language, or a new trade—take out 20 to 30 minutes of your time to do something that interests you. This will help you enhance your mood and relive your stress and tension. Finding things that interest you but at the same time is challenging mentally will reduce your stress levels.
  22. Turn creative. Textile therapies such as sewing, knitting, weaving, jewelry making, lace-making, and cross-stitch can help repair your mood and reduce anxiety. They can help keep you focused. These activities are more like mindfulness meditation where you need to focus on the complex knitting or stitching patterns. They let you concentrate on the present moment and help you relax.
  23. Sing and dance. Singing helps tame the tension in your face, neck, and shoulders. Singing boosts mood-enhancing endorphins production and helps you counter the ill-effects of stress. If you can add some booty-shaking to your singing, it will add to the fun and will also help you relive stress and elevate your heart rate. When under stress, dancing and singing can help you channel your energy positively and help you relax.

    Sing and dance to relax and de-stress your mind and body
    Sing and dance in order to enjoy life to its fullest
  24. Listen to music. Listening to music can soothe your mind. Slow music can actually induce a calm state of mind. Music also helps in lowering blood pressure, relaxing tense muscles, and lowering heart rate. Music releases feel-good neuro-chemicals such as dopamine in your brain. While music is good for your everyday anxiety, it is also beneficial for reducing stress and preventing anxiety.

    Listen to music to relax and de-stress your mind and body
    Listen to music and let all anxiety and tension slip away
  25. Cook a meal. Cooking works as a great de-stressor as it serves as a creative outlet. Cooking makes others feel good because it offers instant gratification.

    Cook a meal to relax and de-stress your mind and body
    Cooking can be a highly gratifying and relaxing activity
  26. Read more. Reading is the best way to relax and de-stress your mind and body. Experts say even 6 minutes of reading is enough to unwind and relax your senses. When you read, you have to concentrate and the distraction of the literary world helps calm your frazzled nerves very effectively.

    Red to relax and de-stress your body and mind
    Read and slip into the marvelous world of fantasy for relaxation
  27. Go on a scenic drive. Explore a new local by driving down a scenic route will melt your stress away.
  28. Do a crossword puzzle. When anxious or overwhelmed, try solving a crossword puzzle or any brain game that requires concentration. Focusing on something else will help you relax.
  29. Stargaze with your family. When you feel stressed out, stargaze or cloud watch with your children. Look for constellations or interesting patterns in the sky. This activity will shift your focus and help you relax.
  30. Plan your next vacation. Think of the sand dunes, the glistening beaches, and the places you always dreamed of going to. Take some time off from whatever you are doing and plan your next trip. The process of planning itself will help you de-stress and relax.
  31. Cuddle with your pet. Cuddling your pet is not just good for your pet but is also good for you. The unconditional love that your pet offers can help you de-stress and reduces anxiety. Animals can reduce tension and improve your mood. A cuddling or petting session with your pet can lower your blood pressure and boost feel-good hormones—endorphins in your brain. So, the next time you have a hard day at work, spare some time out of your busy schedule for your pet and feel the difference.
  32. De-clutter. Clutter can stress you out big time. Clearing the clutter from your physical environment can help you de-clutter mentally. Clear your desk, clean your wardrobe, and do the laundry.
  33. Go to your stress-free zone. If you have a space in your home where you instantly feel relaxed, go there when stressed. If not, create a space. Set up a comfortable chair, light some incense sticks, and disappear there for few minutes until you relax.
  34. Look out of the window. When the going gets tough, just take a break and stare out of the window. Look at the life out there—bees, birds, children, or any other view that will help divert your mind and make you feel relaxed.
  35. Smile more. The act of smiling can instantly pep you up. Smile at people you meet, even if it’s a stranger. Smiling helps reduce stress to a great extent.
  36. Be alone. Make sure to take some time out to be alone and enjoy your company every day. It will help you unwind and calm your senses.
  37. Talk to yourself. Positive self-talk can instantly make you feel positive and relaxed. When stressed out, talk to yourself positively. Talk about your day, how it was, and things you encountered. This will calm down your senses and will also help you identify any negative feelings stirring up inside you that you might be unaware of otherwise. Try to make positivity an everyday habit.
  38. Talk to someone. Whenever you feel stressed, relieve the tension by reaching out to a friend. Pick up the phone and talk to your close friend or family member, or vent out to the co-worker you trust the most.
  39. Hang out with your friends. Friends are not just for fun. They are there to help you smoothly sail through the rough phases of your life. Hanging out with people you connect with, people who let you be you can help you relax. Close relationships work as buffers against negative emotions and experiences. A coffee break with a colleague, a quick chat with your neighbor, or a dinner with a close friend will let you unwind and relax.

    Hang out with your friends to relax and de-stress your mind and body
    Spend some times with your friends and just enjoy your life as it is
  40. Treat yourself. Go out for some shopping or treat yourself to a nice dinner in your favorite restaurant. Splurge and spend money on yourself. This will remind you that life is good and you need to focus on the good side of life.
  41. Do something spontaneously. Take up a different route to work, visit your favorite place while on your way back or visit a friend you haven’t met for ages. Do something impromptu. A small break from the routine once in a while will help you feel good and relaxed.
  42. Unplug from social media. Screens can stress you out. So, once you are home from work, make it a point to disconnect from the social media for few hours a day. Give your mind and body some quiet and peaceful time to relax. Stay away from everything technology—be it TV, mobile, iPad, and so on. The less connected you will be from social media, the more connected you are to yourself.
  43. Green tea. Green tea is very soothing and can be a great stress reliever. It contains theanine, an amino acid that aids relaxation. Green tea contains powerful antioxidants such as polyphenols, flavonoids, and catechins that have a calming effect on the mind and body. These chemicals help create a positive mood. As far as possible, avoid caffeinated drink as caffeine can accelerate stress. When under stress, instead of tea or coffee, go for a cup of green tea.
  44. Mood-enhancing food. Munching on something sweet can help you de-stress. Chocolate or a pack of cookies can instantly enhance your mood and make you feel better. Even potassium-rich foods,such as a banana or potato, can help regulate your blood pressure when stressed. Potassium-rich food can help replenish your energy.
  45. Add indoor plants. If you are stressed at work and feel overwhelmed by work, adding plants to your workspace can be restorative and calming. Houseplants not only brighten the space but also purify the air creating a more relaxed restful ambience.

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