50 Things You Can Do for Stress Relief

Here is a list of 50 plus things you can do for stress relief. These are simple activities that anyone can do. Not all stress relief activities listed here will work for everyone so try to find out the activities that work best for you. Please note that these activities are not listed in any particular order. Want some thing added to this list? Please feel free to contact us.

  1. Practice yoga
  2. Listen to Soft music
  3. Exercise: Do exercises that make you sweat or leave you gasping for breath. Simple exercises like skipping or running should do the trick.
  4. Meditate: Dim the lights, sit alone and listen to your breathing. Listen to your heart beat. Look at your mind and the thoughts that arise. Realize how meaningless these thoughts are.
  5. Make Love: Make intimate love with your lover. Burn incense/scented candles, play soft music and lose yourself in the passion. Follow love-making with a massage.
  6. Practice Living in the Now: Make a conscious attempt to live in the present moment and forget what happened in the past or worrying about the future.
  7. Take a break from everyday chores
  8. Go for a walk: Go for a walk early in the morning, in the evenings or during the night
  9. Try cycling: Cycling is an excellent stress reliever
  10. Eat Healthy: Cut down on the sugar and fat
  11. Read a book: Go to the book store, browse the selections and pick something that you love reading.
  12. Go to the beach and soak in the sun
  13. Take a hot bath
  14. Cut down on junk food
  15. Go for a swim
  16. Get yourself a massage: You can go to a massage parlor or even better ask your spouse to give you a full body massage. Remember to return the favor.
  17. Get a pet: Pets are not for everyone, but if you have been thinking of getting a pet for quite sometime, then it’s high time you paid a visit to the pet store.
  18. Breath deeply: Take a few minutes to breath deeply and consciously.
  19. Write a journal: Buy yourself a journal and start writing
  20. Write your worries down: Write your worries down and burn the paper up.
  21. Try stress balls: Another great stress reliever is using stress balls to help ease some of your daily frustrations, these are perfect for times when you are stuck at work and have no other way to vent.
  22. Sing or dance
  23. Make a video: Take out your camcorder and make a video. Share it with your friends.
  24. Play a board game: Play a board game like monopoly or scrabble with your friends.
  25. Watch cartoons or read a comic
  26. Listen to a guru: Listening to gurus speak can be relaxing as well as enlightening. Youtube.com has a host of videos by top gurus like Eckhart Tolle, Byron Katie and others. Just search for these names in Youtube.com to get their free videos.
  27. Paint your imagination: It does not matter if you are good at painting or not. Just take out a canvas and paint what you feel like.
  28. Walk up early and smell the fresh air
  29. Go on a long drive
  30. Learn to play music: Learn to play a guitar or a piano. Playing music is fun and can be an excellent stress reliever
  31. Climb stairs: Climbing stairs is a great exercise and can also help in relieving stress
  32. Rent a comedy movie: Laughter is a great way to beat stress
  33. Live without technology for a day
  34. Go shopping
  35. Eat out: Order something that you have never ordered before
  36. Play arcade games
  37. Come out of revenge mode: Learn to forgive and forget. Drop the revenge from your system and you will immediately feel light hearted
  38. Eat raw: Include lots of raw vegetables and fruits in your daily diet
  39. Learn something new
  40. Practice self inquiry
  41. Get a deep sleep
  42. Drop the expectations
  43. Organize a family reunion
  44. Go fishing
  45. Spend time alone
  46. Day dream
  47. Listen to the birds
  48. Take pictures and share them: Take pictures of the beautiful scenery and share it with your loved ones.
  49. Watch children play: Go to a children’s park and watch children play
  50. Stop and smell the flowers: Go for long walks in the park, look and smell the flowers.
  51. Garden away: Planting flowers/trees or raking leaves or just pulling up weeds can have a calming influence on the mind.

What do you do to relieve yourself of stress? Please feel free to leave a comment below and let us know.

Related Resources:
How to be Happy by Roger Darlington












7 comments

  • Anonymous says:

    Yes, tea is very good for stress relief!

  • Bri says:

    I have been stressed ever since the start of high school , and I think that getting rid of the cause of the stress for a while and coming back to work is the best way to relive stress. Another way to relive stress is to caffeine-free tea and read or listen to a good book or song.

  • Anonymous says:

    Go to the kitchen an prepare some good recipe, as once you start cooking what you like, you forget every problem you ever experienced.

  • Mike says:

    I think Tai Chi can be an excellent stress reviler. I was suffering from extreme back pain and repeated headaches possibly caused because of stress and Tai Chi definitely helped me relax. Another method that you can try is energy tapping which is to simply tap various parts of your body to release trapped energy. Good luck!

  • Tim (Author) says:

    Winnie, I have added all 50 in the same page. Make sure to let us know what worked for you.

  • Winnie Myna says:

    Can you please send me the rest of the remaining 50? Thank you for this. I will try them all.

  • Polu says:

    I love listening to Adyashanti on youtube and it’s really relaxing. I also love to dance and find it a major stress reviler. Helps focus negative energy into positive.