6 Ways to Kill Stress Immediately

Photography by Ron Hill

Have you ever had one of those days where it seems like everything that could go wrong has? That was my day this past Friday. I hadn’t heard back from any of the brands I had pitched the week before, I cracked my iPhone screen and felt a cold coming on. I was so frustrated I wanted to scream. Finally when I was at the end of my rope, I remembered my favorite quote “This too shall pass” and I started to feel a little better. Check out my 6 ways to kill stress immediately.

1. Put Down Your Cellphone and Put Your Computer Away- This one is tough to do, but I guarantee if you put your cellphone down, and turn your computer off for a few hours, after the first hour you will feel a burden lifted.

2. Take a Break from Someone Who Stresses You Out– We all have that one friend/cousin/sibling who always has some drama going on. It’s all well and good to be supportive, but it’s hard to deal with someone else’s stress if you are struggling with your own. Tell that person that you’ve got a lot you’re dealing with at the moment and that you’ll call them the moment things are in order.

3. Be Thankful– Even in the hardest of times, try and remember things that you are thankful for. A therapist friend says that keeping a gratitude journal and writing down three things a day you are thankful for makes most people feel less depressed. It helps them to see what they still have that is good in their lives.

4. Get Some Sleep– It’s hard to not feel stressed when you are not getting enough sleep. Very few things feel as nice as waking up well rested.

5. Have a Laugh– We’ve all heard the quote “Laughter is the Best Medicine”. Nothing puts me in a better mood than watching a comedy. So next time you’re down, turn on Netflix (watch Bob’s Burgers or It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia- trust me, you’ll thank me later), or call that girlfriend who always has you laughing. Laughter will definitely lift your spirits.

6. Get Outside- STAT. Never underestimate the power of getting some fresh air. Spending time in nature has been proven to relieve stress, in addition to several other health benefits. Next time you feel you might lose it, go outside, even if it’s only for a few minutes.

I hope you find these tips helpful. What do you do to de-stress? Share your tips below.

  • Melanie Williams

    This is such good advice especially putting the phone/computer away…in this day and age they can be constantly attached to you. Thanks for writing this 🙂 Happy Monday 🙂 xx

  • yes to these! When I am stressed taking away phone is a best thing ever! and agree with laugh, goot to put on a good comedy and just realxe and pause!

  • Very good tips and I agree with each and every one of them!

  • These tips are all amazing and so on the ball. I am suffering with stress at the moment and so will be taking these on board xx

    • I’m glad you find them helpful Tanya!

  • Melissa Wachman

    Sleep is my #1 method of reducing stress and improving my overall well-being. I also agree with your suggestion to put down electronic devices. Couldn’t agree more!

    • Thanks for commenting Melissa!

  • Kira L Curtis

    Sleep definitely helps, although I often find that as soon as I feel stressed out I try to sleep the end up waking up more stressed out because I realise I slept through the day!

    • I’ve had that happen so you’re not alone Kira!

  • Natasha Mairs

    number 1 and 6 are my favourite de-stressers. getting outside and breathing in the fresh air really helps.

    • Thanks for commenting Natasha!

  • fashion-mommy

    Getting outside in the fresh air, away from the laptop always makes me feel so much better.

  • Aaahhh Stress I burst it with Travel & exercise, esp jogging or swimming, the above tips are more wallet friendsly 🙂

    • Swimming helps and it’s healthy too!

  • Taking a walk works for me everytime followed by a long bubble bath 🙂

    • A long bubble bath is the best!

  • Some very helpful tips on reducing stress. I like knock off my phone/laptop and go for a walk

    • Thanks for commenting Melissa!

  • i always feel better after getting some fresh hair. these are some great tips

  • Louise O’Brien

    Love all of these tips. I especially find that thinking of what I am grateful for helps to keep me sane X

    • Gratitude definitely helps!

  • Jessica Lynn Martin

    I definitely think all these are great tips for killing stress. I try to do all of these when I’m stressed, especially laughing.

  • These are great tips! Sometimes it’s good to take a break from technology.

    • Thanks for commenting Claire!

  • Fashion Du Jour LDN

    Just what I needed to read after an uber busy/stressful time of late! I think you are right in trying to focus on positives when it is so easy to focus on the negatives…and yes “This to shall pass”!

    Thanks for sharing,

    Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN x

  • Ickle Pickle

    Great tips – I find gratitude really helps and mindfulness helps me too. Kaz x

    • Gratitude would be a great addition to this list!

  • Angela Milnes

    This is exactly what I need right now! I’m really stress and don’t have enough sleep.

    • I totally feel your pain- I’m always so tired!

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    Going for a run outside is what does it for me. It’s my therapy!

    • I need to start running outside too!

  • Some great suggestions 🙂 I’d definitely add mindfulness and deep breathing to the list!

    • Oh those two are definitely helpful!

  • Joanna

    Great post I get stressed far to easily so it’s important for me to try and relax. I need to remember to start doing more of these.

    • Thanks for commenting Joanna!

  • Ali

    Great tips, I find myself getting really stressed out sometimes so I’ll have to remember these.

  • Fantastic tips to keep relaxed, I love going for long walks!

  • Well I definitely agree to stay away from the person that stresses you. Haha This is the perfect solution. Sometimes getting out of the social media world too is best to meditate.

    • Yeah taking a break from social media definitely helps!

  • Teresa Bowen

    This is the reason I take a daily walk even though I don’t always want to at the time I feel better for it afterwards.

    • A daily walk definitely helps Teresa!

  • Hayley

    There’s some great tips here! I really do feel more relaxed when I step away from my mobile phone for a bit.

    • Thanks for commenting Hayley!

  • These are great tips. Sometimes it is good to take a little break to reduce stress!

  • Melanie Edjourian

    I really need to learn to step away from the computer. Not always easy when it’s how you earn a living. Also I need to find a good comedy to watch soon!

    • I totally feel your pain Melanie!

  • Hello Beautiful Bear

    These are great tips and they’re right on the money! I always find that putting the screens away and taking a walk with Lily can do wonders but it can often be hard to push yourself to take that step, especially when it’s cold outside. I am currently living on the phrase ‘This Too Shall Pass’, it keeps me going! xx

    • I’m glad you find taking a walk helpful too!

  • Beautyqueenuk

    Going outside and going for a walk can do all kinds of good things to sort the mood. The best way for me to de-stress is in the bath x

    • I got a puppy a a couple of years ago which has helped get me outdoors several times a day.

  • I love the ideas you have come up with to de-stress I really need a digital break but it’s so hard to pull myself away lol x

    • I struggle with it too- I’m so addicted to my phone!

  • Meenal Ranka

    I follow tips 3,4,5 the 1st one is hard to follow for me…😄. Great advice will try to follow other tips as well.

    • Thanks for commenting Meenal!

  • Amazing tips. Stress can be so hard to deal with when you’re going through a period of high stress, but these points are great!

  • Healthy & Psyched

    Great advice 🙂 I like to combine them by going for a walk with someone who makes me laugh and leaving my phone at home.

  • I’ve been so stressed lately and as awful as it sounds it’s due to being with my kids and not having a break. I tend to put a workout video on and this helps me channel my stress x

    • Sorry you’ve been stressed Jade:( I hope this list helps some!

  • If I am feeling stressed I do tend to step away from my laptop and either read, do some exercise or watch a funny movie x

    • Watching a funny movie definitely helps!

  • LaaLaa

    Beautiful images, I do all of this, sometimes I switch my phone off for a good few days and just do me to clear my head x

    • Thanks! I need to be better about turning it off for longer periods of time.

  • Gemma S

    A digital detox can help so much, it’s weird how anxious I feel when I accidentally leave my phone at home. I’ve become so attached to it. A good 8 hours sleep can do wonders.

    • I’m so attached to my phone too!

  • You look amazing as always. I agree a good nights sleep really does make a world of difference for sure!

  • This is a fantastic post, so spot on. I haven’t been having enough sleep lately and it is really making me stressed!

    • I tend to forget how important sleep is too, so I can relate.

  • Spending time in nature, unplugging from technology and getting some sleep usually work well for me when I am feeling stressed. Laughter is also a great stress reliever. Your tips are really spot on x

  • Deborah Nicholas

    Great tips and they really do work!

  • thankyou for those great tips, being mum to8 im always welcoming of destress tips x

  • Mellissa Williams

    I get stressed when I don’t get enough sleep. Laughter is so important too and don’t take on too much work, say no and mean no

    • I couldn’t agree more Mellissa!

  • Such great tips, and they do really work as well x

  • Great tips, I find laughter really is the best medicine when it comes to conquering stress x

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