Learning to relax is the key to reducing stress. We all deal with stress, some more than others. Stress isn’t good for your health for one, for another – you can’t be your best when dealing with too much stress. You can’t avoid all stress, but you can work on some things to relieve stress. Here are a few of my favorite things I do to try to reduce stress in my life:

  • Exercise 
  • Deep tissue massage 
  • Sit in the sauna at the gym or spend time in my hot tub
  • Cut, “busy” work 
  • Go on a walk in nature
  • Have my hair and nails done (guys, you can do this too)
  • Invest in a facial (or create your own at home)
  • Schedule coffee with a friend
  • Write/Journal
  • Guided meditation 
  • Candles. I love them and they make me feel more relaxed
  • I keep my house clean, less clutter = less stress
  • I keep my bedroom comfy, it’s a sanctuary 
  • I’m working on a better sleep schedule, you should probably do that too 
  • I try to take time to breathe, my Apple Watch reminds me to do that once in a while 😉 

Reducing stress can greatly reduce potentially harmful health effects by reducing/stabilizing blood pressure, activating healing properties in your body, muscle relaxation, better mental focus, higher energy levels, helping to combat illness and more. What are some ways that you relax or work to reduce stress?

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