9 Calming Ways To De-Stress

Do you find yourself rushing all of the time?  We’ve all been there.  But hurrying too much can lead to stress and anxiety.  Life is busy, especially if you’re a parent.  But it’s best to try to calm down and enjoy the moment.  This way you can teach your children to take life at a slow pace so that they can be happy and healthy. Check out the following tips to de-stress and feel better when you’re overcome with anxiety and depression.


1. Slow Down

I find that when I’m relaxed and not freaking out about something, I’m a lot more productive.  When I calm myself, I have time to think and be as effective as possible.  I try to tell myself to “breathe,” and “calm down” daily. This helps me to enjoy life.  A good rule of thumb is that if you’re not in a life or death situation, then it’s best to slow down.

2. Don’t Multi-Task

Although some of us may think we’re good at it, multi-tasking is ineffective because we are giving half as much energy to a task as we should be.  Not only is it ineffective but it’s making us anxious and forcing our bodies to work overtime.  

3. Set Your Alarm

It can be so difficult to wake up on time for things.  But when you press the snooze button, you are leaving less time in the morning to do the things that you need to get done which can make you anxious and frazzled.  I have to force myself to get out of bed in the morning even if I’m tired because I know that if I don’t then I will be late and have an extremely anxious car ride to wherever it is I need to be.

4. Listen to Relaxation CDs

Listening to relaxation CDs regularly can help train your brain to relax in tense situations.  Take care of yourself daily by being quiet before bedtime and meditating or listening to something slow and relaxing.

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5. Driving

Do you ever feel like you have reached your mental threshold for stress?  Then you take a great car ride, and everything just feels magically better? You can put on your favorite guilty pleasure music, roll the windows down and focus on letting more positive thoughts in. Just be careful not to go out driving when you’re super emotional and crying because this can cause accidents which is no good to anyone.

6. Be Around Animals

There is just something calming about animals. Snuggling with them can literally feel like the best thing in the world. Maybe it’s the unconditional love, who knows. But when you find yourself upset, try to put yourself near an animal and bond with it.

7. Laying Out In The Sun

Sometimes it can feel as though the sun has come out that day merely to rejuvenate you and melt away your problems. If you have a backyard or some place where you can sunbathe, do so when you’re feeling poorly. The vitamin D can help you to immediately perk up as well. Remember to slather on sunscreen 15 minutes after you’ve been exposed to the sun to protect yourself from developing skin cancer.

8. Do Something Active

Want to get your mind off of something upsetting? Do something active. Try surfing, running, dancing, working out. Do whatever you need to do to blow off steam and rid yourself of unwanted stress.

9. Get Together With People You Love

More often than not, being around loving friends and family who understand your ups and downs can help you to feel better. Their reassurance and willingness to lend you their best guidance can transform a foul mood into a thing of the past.


Remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.

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