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5 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Stress

October 21, 2015

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No matter if you are stressed about money, about work, family, friends, or something else entirely, stress is not good for your body or your budget.

Of course, some amount of stress in life is natural. But left un-checked at high levels or for long periods of time, stress can be very damaging to your health.

When we’re stressed, we’re more likely to blow our budgets too. We are tempted to go out to eat, indulge in a little retail therapy, or throw caution (and our budgets) to the wind.

If you’re feeling especially stressed right now, which is common leading into the holidays and the end of the year, here are 5 easy ways you can reduce your stress.

Relax

Easier said than done for most, but relaxing is one of the easiest ways to reduce your stress. It sounds simple, but it can be very difficult, especially if you are an up-tight person (like me).

Relaxing can be difficult, especially when your stress hits a super high level, but it’s one of the easiest ways to prevent negative side effects from stress. When I really need to relax, here are a few things I do:

  • Light candles – The flickering light is mesmerizing and the wonderful smells from my favorite candles always help me relax.
  • Take a bubble bath – I don’t do this as often as I’d like, but soaking in a warm tub is a great way to put your mind and your body at ease.
  • Indulge in a little wine – Drinking excessively is not a good way to deal with stress, but a little wine can be a great way to relax after a stressful day.
  • Get a massage – To be honest, I’m not a big fan of massages, but I know they help a lot of people relax and let go of stress.

Take Control of Your Life

Whenever possible, take control of the things you can control and forget the rest. If you can avoid stressors by taking control of your life and happiness, then do it!

This is something I’ve been actively working on in my life over the past few months. I’ve made quite a few changes in my life to reduce my stress. I quit my part-time job, I quit my full-time job, and I resigned from one of the community boards I was a member of. These changes have greatly reduced my stress as I’ve been able to take more time for myself and the things that make me happy.

One of my favorite shirts in my capsule wardrobe says “Do more of what makes you happy” and every time I see it and wear it, it’s a good reminder to make sure that the decisions I make in life and in my business are the ones that make me happy.

Don’t Fret About What You Can’t Control

On the other hand, try not to worry so much about the things you can’t control. No one can control everything in their life and trying to just induces more stress into your life.

I’m a total control freak, but I’m trying to let go of that self-destructive habit. For example, when my cleaning lady comes I sometimes get annoyed that the furniture is all moved around and not put back in the proper place, or that she closes some of the doors to rooms that I normally leave open. These are tiny things that I let myself get worked up over. Lately I’ve been reminding myself that if I really don’t like these things I need to either: say something to fix it, say nothing and let it go, or fire her and clean my house myself. Out of those solutions the one that makes the most sense is to just let it go!

Not my circus. Not my monkeys.

Live a Healthy Life

I need to lose some weight and get back into better shape. I also struggle to drink enough water. These are all things that I need to change about my lifestyle.

Living a healthy life means more than just looking good, it also means feeling good. Reducing stress by working out, eating right, and getting enough sleep are all important parts of living a healthy life and reducing your stress.

Make Time to Care for Yourself

None of these other strategies are possible though if you don’t make time to care for yourself. You can’t spend time relaxing in a bubble bath, going for a run, cooking healthy meals, or taking control of your life if you don’t make time for yourself.

Making time for yourself is difficult when you have lots of goals, dreams, and aspirations. We all have lots of things going on, but making time to care for yourself and doing all of these other things to reduce your stress is important. After all, what is life for if not for living as happily as possible.

How do you reduce your stress?

Stressed out and need to relax? This blogger shares 5 easy and frugal ways you can reduce your stress and get a little relaxation in!
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Kayla

Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in the Midwest, USA. She is focused on paying off her consumer and student loans, while simplifying her life and closet. You can join her on her journey at ShoeaholicNoMore or follow her on Twitter.

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10 responses to “5 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Stress

  1. With regard to financial stress, I try as much as possible that every expense is in line with my budget and I save first before spending my money. Kayla, budgeting really helps me avoid stress as I really don’t want to be in distress again. That feeling. Ugh. I hate it.

  2. Totally, totally agree with all of this! Stress is so bad for you, and naturally I’m a high-stress person so I have to work against it daily. I ask myself “Will this matter in a year?” Usually, the answer is no. The stuff we worry about really doesn’t matter in the long run unless you are stressed about a serious issue, in which case you need to figure out how you can change the situation and take action.

    Thanks for this post!

    1. I’m a pretty high-stress person too. I like that you ask yourself that question to put things in perspective. I’ll give that a try!

  3. I find I can keep my stress under control, the hard thing is when work or someone else dumps their problems on me to handle. I just try to make sure I’m not bringing in more stress from my decisions. Financially we are in great shape, we never worry about money, that is a huge relief in our lives. One thing I have to do each week is make sure I have family time. No matter what Monday and Friday nights are family time. Things that seem urgent usually can wait and things will still turn out okay. You don’t have to do everything in life, but make sure you are doing the most important things. I find folks spend too much time on things that really don’t matter that much in the long run.

    1. I’m definitely guilty of spending too much time on little things that likely don’t matter in the big scheme of things. I need to work on reducing stress from those little things. I’ve already made big strides in the last couple of months reducing stress over bigger things in life.

  4. Good suggestions, Kayla. For me, my biggest stress reliever is working out. I know many people work out to stay fit versus really loving to exercise. I do workout to stay healthy, but I also really love it. It relieves a lot of stress for me and really energizes me. I am also trying to meditate every day to help ground me. I am also a big believer in gratitude so when stressed, I remind myself how fortunate I am to have whatever is stressing me in – kids, clients, work, spouse – in my life. They all cause stress and a lot of joy. 🙂

    1. Gratitude is a great way to deal with stress, I’ll have to give that one a try. I’ve relieved a lot of stress by working out in the past too, but I still don’t love to workout. I wish I did though, haha. 🙂

  5. Hi Kayla, I’m new here but I definitely plan to stick around. I admire the tenacity you share about your freelancing journey and I’m here to learn all the things!

    One of the easiest ways I reduce stress is through sleep! Honestly, its the easiest way and most effective way to bring my nerves down a bit. If i’m stressed it’s because I haven’t had enough sleep. Sleeping is easier said than done though when you have a four month old.

    1. Hey Latoya, glad you came by and that you plan to stick around. 🙂 I bring my stress down by sleeping sometimes too. Thanks for weighing in!

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