15+ Ways To Beat Stress From Work of Daily Life

Stress from work

We are all trapped in daily stress caused by relationships, money, health, bosses, poor nutrition, schools, universities, etc. These are real issues for everyone, so it’s no surprise that stress management is on everyone’s checklist for beating the stress from work.

Some of us get burnt out to the extent that the physical and psychological symptoms of stress from work begin to appear. It’s easier to say, ‘Don’t stress, do your best, and forget the rest,’ but this advice doesn’t help when stressed out. So, what works?

There have been many studies on the subject, and countless activities, such as Yoga, exercise, laughing, and positive thinking, have helped reduce stress in different study participants.

How to Beat Stress From Work?

Stress affects everyone differently; we must learn how to manage it. Here are some simple things you could practice to beat the stress of daily life.

1. Talk it out

Stress can escalate by keeping it all in. Help your mind work through it by talking to a friend, praying, or even talking to yourself. This is a great way to sort out your stressors, develop solutions, and put things in perspective. You’ll likely feel a weight lifted off your shoulders with a sense that everything will be alright.

2. Take a Break From Technology

Media overload–television, radio, Internet, or social networking–is the sixth top cause of stress in the U.S. Given that your smartphone can deliver all of these–at once!–it’s probably best to stay away from it when you’re trying to reduce stress. Staying away from your smartphone for a while gives you time to focus on yourself, clear your mind, and work through your stress without distractions.

3. Get some sleep

A common cause of stress is lack of sleep. Furthermore, stress can make it difficult to sleep. It’s a vicious cycle. If you’ve only got a few minutes, lie down and set an alarm to allow yourself a few minutes of rest. Try to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep at night to reduce stress. Not getting quality sleep? Check out these natural sleep aids.

4. Laugh often

In addition to boosting your immune system, memory, aerobic endurance, and creativity levels, laughter has been shown to reduce stress hormone levels. Also, laughter helps relax muscle tension, promote blood flow to the brain, and move more air through the lungs to deliver a cleansing effect similar to deep breathing. Watching funny YouTube video clips is a simple way to get a good laugh.

5. Play with kids


Kids have such a unique way of looking at the world that interacting with them can help you enjoy their worry-free views. The great thing about playing with your kids is that you get a stress-relieving kick in numerous ways. You become preoccupied to let go of your worries, you get exercise, and you get to interact with loved ones. If you don’t have kids, offer to babysit a friend to get your mind off your worries.

6. Outsource your work

Stress can increase at work or home as your to-do list gets longer. Reduce stress as you shorten your to-do list by assigning tasks to others. Is there someone in the office who can help you with your project? Can your children or partner pick up some of the chores at home?

7. Go swimming

Whether you dip in your outdoor pool, head to the community pool, or laze on the beach, taking a dip in the water is a great way to beat stress and reduce depressive symptoms. The exercise will boost your mood, and the water can calm the body.

8. Take a walk

Aside from the exercise you’ll get from your walk, taking a short stroll is a great way to relieve stress. Studies show that even a moderate-paced walk can help reduce muscle tension and decrease anxiety. Try meditating as you walk by repeating a mantra. This has been shown to promote a positive mood further and reduce stress.

9. Take a bath with Epsom Salt

Taking a hot bath with Epsom salt is a quick and effective way to let your worries go. Why add Epsom salt to your bath? The salt increases the water’s specific gravity, making you feel more lightweight and buoyant while helping your muscles relax. Your body also absorbs the salts, which helps replenish magnesium stores, a mineral that is reduced with stress. Magnesium can help decrease irritability since it reduces the effect of adrenaline on the body.

10. Dance your stresses away

You probably already know that exercise can boost your mood. In fact, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin say that a 40-minute exercise session can immediately boost mood. But what good is it if you hate the exercise? Get up and dance like nobody’s watching! You’ll get the stress-relieving mood boost with exercise while enjoying yourself.

11. Try meditation

Meditation comes in many forms, but whichever you choose, it will likely help reduce stress from work. Start in a comfortable position and focus on clearing your mind. If your mind wanders, find something to focus on, like your breathing, a mantra, or an object in front of you. Check out these health benefits of meditation to motivate yourself.

12. Aromatherapy

Certain scents, like lavender, have been shown to reduce stress levels. Draw a bath and add a few drops of lavender oil into the tub, light a candle, or light some incense. Other easy ways to enjoy the effects of essential oils include using a diffuser, adding it to your lotion before applying it, or letting the oil evaporate off a nearby cotton ball.

13. Drink herbal tea

Herbal remedies like chamomile tea are great for relieving stress due to their calming properties. Chamomile tea promotes muscle relaxation, helping you unwind. Plus, it’s suitable for cramping, pain, and gas, so it can help relieve physical pain, too.

14. Get a Massage

Studies show that heart rate decreases significantly after just a five-minute touch massage, indicating a reduction in the stress response. If you have the time and money, head to a nearby spa for professional treatment. If not, ask a friend or family member to rub your back for a few minutes or give yourself a self-foot, face, and calf massage.

15. Do Yoga

Yoga is a method of meditation that helps relax the muscles and clear the mind. It can relieve quick stress, but ongoing yoga sessions can improve chronic lower back pain, blood pressure, and overall health. It doesn’t have to take much time or money to start. Begin with the Yoga Zone videos on Hulu for free 30- to 60-minute sessions (although it shouldn’t take long to start feeling the stress-relieving effects).

I don’t know about you, but I get frustrated quickly with slow-to-start yoga videos–and I’ve been known to sneak out of yoga sessions early because I find it more frustrating than relaxing. Instead, I turn on this relaxing music and do whatever stretches my body needs while focusing on breathing. Sometimes, I lie on the floor, consciously relaxing every muscle while listening to the music. Beware of starting a session if you have somewhere to go; you might fall asleep!

16. Eat dark chocolate

Remember Professor Remus Lupin’s advice on dark chocolates? Eat. You’ll feel better. Dark chocolate is a tasty treat loaded with nutrients with stress-relieving properties, helping to lower stress hormones. But be careful. Some “dark” chocolates aren’t as “dark” as you might think. Most run around 45 percent cocoa content, but you’ll want at least 70 percent to get the most health benefits.

17. Skip eating bad food

It may seem like a simple solution to eating your feelings, but digging into junk food isn’t going to help. Foods like alcohol, candy, and those high in sodium and fat are awful for reducing stress. Instead, opt for a healthy diet high in whole foods, and when you have to indulge, indulge in a sweet, fruity snack. Fish–with their omega-3 fatty acids–are also suitable for reducing the symptoms of stress.

18. Take advantage of some stress apps.

If you can’t get away from your smartphone, use it to your advantage. Apps like Relax Melodies feature anxiety-relieving music, and Breathe2Relax guides breathing exercises. The Acupressure: Heal Yourself app helps reduce stress from work levels by teaching you where to find your body’s acupressure points, and Worry Box — Anxiety Self-Help acts as a journal to help you deal with your stressors.

19. Smile

You probably don’t feel like smiling when stressed, but simply going through the motions can help you handle happy emotions. If you need help, put a pencil between your teeth to simulate the smiling effect.

20. Gratitude journal

Starting a gratitude journal is an excellent step toward looking at life optimistically. By listing a few things you’re thankful for, you can work up the courage to face your stressors, making them appear less complicated. As you’re listing things you’re grateful for, you may realize that many of the things you’re stressing over are pretty trivial, putting you in a position to let go of some of it and focus on what matters.

21. Small acts of kindness

Acts of kindness can help boost confidence, optimism, and happiness while reducing stress. Studies show that volunteers are healthier and happier than those who don’t. If you have much time, consider volunteering to organize a community event. You don’t need to devote hours to volunteer opportunities to enjoy these benefits. Look for opportunities throughout the day to perform a random act of kindness like the ideas listed here.

22. Imagine happy places

“Guided Imagery” is a stress-relieving technique that has many of the same benefits as deep breathing. The method works by getting yourself in a quiet, comfortable position and letting your imagination take you to your “happy place.” You might, for instance, imagine yourself walking along the beach while imagining sounds and smells and focusing on your breathing. If you can’t focus, search for a guided online podcast to help walk you through the process.

23. Buy yourself a pet

Human-animal interaction can have positive effects on humans. That’s why it’s common to see children with autism, elderly patients, or other disabled individuals with support pets–usually cats and dogs that help them emotionally. Spending time with your pet can help relieve your stress, too. If you don’t have a furry friend, meet up with a friend who does or volunteer at an animal shelter, where you can play with and walk the cats and dogs.

Bottom Line

There are countless ways to relieve stress from work; exercise and Yoga are the best. But even if you cannot do so for whatever reasons, there are other ways. Even a simple act such as hugging a loved one can make you much less stressed. Scan your daily activities and interactions, and note what makes you happy. Repeat these activities more often for stress management.

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