This time of year always seems to be insanely busy. There seems to be a perfect storm of work commitments, school and kid activities, home projects, and volunteer obligations. Add to that the unexpected – repairs, illnesses, and bad weather, and well, it just all adds up.
It’s times like these that I look for cheap, quick and easy stress relievers. Taking the time to alleviate some of the stress does wonders for your mood and your stamina.
12 Cheap, Quick, And Easy Stress Relievers
The next time you feel stressed out, try these stress relievers. They don’t cost much money and they don’t take a lot of time, but they can do you a world of good.
Sometimes the best way to ease stress, is to simply say, “No” to any additional commitments or projects. If you injured your knee, you’d say, “No” to a ski trip, right? So if your mental health is being affected by stress, you need to prevent any additional stress from piling on. You can do this by politely telling people you can’t take on any more tasks for awhile.
Ask for help.
One person can’t do it all, and people don’t really expect that, anyway. Give yourself some grace and ask those around you for help. Even the littlest things, like getting help from your kids around the house or asking a friend to run an errand for you can do a world of good in taking some of the pressure off.
Dance it out.
Sometimes you just need to crank up some music and dance around your living room. Playing your favorite tunes and getting moving will do a lot for your mood, and it only takes a few minutes to start feeling better.
Take a hike.
Put on your sneakers and take a short walk around your neighborhood. Walking can get those endorphins flowing and can help you think through problems you’re struggling with. You can walk with a friend, or listen to your favorite tunes or podcasts to take your mind off your stressors.
Take a few minutes out of your day to sit very still and quiet your mind. Close your eyes. Focus on your breathing. Just let your mind go blank and focus on relaxing every part of your body. This costs absolutely nothing and can do a lot to help you deal with whatever tasks are causing your stress.
Show some gratitude.
When we get stressed, we tend to only focus on all of the negative things that seem to be stacked against us. Take a moment to remember all the things that are good in your life. Make a list of five to 10 things you are thankful for, and you’ll feel some of that stress fade away.
Sleep is a great stress reliever. Take a short power nap and make sure you’re getting plenty of sleep each night to stave off stress.
Hit the shower.
Hop into a hot shower and lather up with some great smelling soap and shampoo, and you’ll feel like a new person when you come out. Plus, the shower is a great place to brainstorm ideas that can help you work through stressful situations.
Add a little color.
Coloring isn’t just for kids! Grab those crayons or colored pencils and some free printable coloring pages and color away your stress. You’ll have fun being creative and forget about your stress for a few moments.
Break it down.
One of the things that makes us stressed out is when too many tasks, projects and obligations pile up on us. Break everything into smaller, more manageable bits, and you’ll be better equipped to handle them.
Share some love.
Spend some time with a friend, snuggle with a significant other, or just spend some time with your pet, and you’ll feel better.
When stress levels are high, spending time online and on social media can sometimes just add to the noise. Shut off your computer and turn off your phone and just step away from all the electronics that demand your attention. A brief break from your screens can help you get other projects done and eliminate drama from your life during busy periods.
Stress can be a major drain on your health and your wallet. Using cheap, quick, and easy stress relievers can go a long way in getting you through difficult times.
Now it’s your turn: What are your favorite low-cost stress relievers?