Stress is a killer. Whether you stress over your day-to-day work or issues in your personal life, it’s important to take the time to destress. Some people go for expensive massages, pay for memberships to specialty gyms, or get their nails done. But what if your budget doesn’t allow for those fees? Here’s my list of ways to destress for free.
Go For a Walk or Run
You don’t have to pay for a walk around the block. If you can, take a walk in nature – that’s even better! Not only will you have time to yourself to think through problems and work issues, but you’ll be surrounded by the calming sounds of the woods (like singing birds or the gentle breeze). You might not think that a walk or run would destress you, but being alone is sometimes the best way to analyze your thoughts.
Read a Book
Rent a book from the library (gasp – what is a library??) or download a free book to your e-reader. Whichever way you prefer to read, get to it! Books can take you to a fantasy world, teach you something about life, or open your eyes to new possibilities. Any way you look at it, reading can take your mind off of your stress, even if for a little while. And when you’re done, you might have a new perspective on how to deal with your stress.
Talk to Someone
Use your support system to your advantage. Your friends, family, and (sometimes) coworkers can help you through the source of your stress. Personally, my support system is available 24/7 – whenever I need a shoulder to cry on or an ear to talk off. Having the opportunity to discuss your problems gives you the opportunity to get another perspective and another possible solution
The Don’ts of Stress
Many people think they alleviate stress by eating or drinking alcohol. Instead of putting your energy into negative stress relievers, focus on what makes you happy. For instance, if you love playing soccer, play soccer when you’re stressed. You can play soccer in your backyard for free or pay a small fee for playing on a town recreational team.
How do you relieve stress after a long day at the office?
And, for your viewing pleasure:
20 Scientifically-Backed Ways To De-Stress Right Now – Huffington Post
Stress Management – Topic Overview – WebMD