10 Ways to Reduce Stress in Your Life

happy people

Coronavirus, Black Lives Matter, peaceful protesters vs rioters, the economy, politics, masks, social distancing, it’s all stress-inducing.  

I was looking back at the posts I’ve written and realized many of them deal with positive ways to eliminate stress.  All of them are easy to do and should bring some fun and joy into your life. So I’ve consolidated them into this post.  I hope you find this helpful.

1. Get Out in Nature 

Nature Soothes the Soul

Read about the many benefits of being outdoors, even if you can only spend five minutes a day in nature, studies show it will help improve your mood and relieve your stress.

2. Practice Kindness

this is what kindness looks like

Read how small, kind gestures not only helps others but will also benefit you, diffusing your own stress and improving your mental health.

3. Give Compliments


Read how giving other people compliments can make you feel better about yourself.  

4. Practice Meditation


Read how meditation can turn you into Superman! OK, just kidding, but it can help you feel better about yourself and lessen stress in your life.

5. Laughter Really is the Best Medicine

laughing buddha

Read why laughter really is the best medicine and how it can lower your feelings of stress and anxiety.


6. Spend Time With People You Love

Living a happy life

This one can be more difficult in the days of COVID-19.  But if you want to connect with people you are not quarantining with, try an outdoor activity such as a bike ride or a hike, or zoom with them – while it’s not as good as being with them in person, it’s the next best thing in these trying times.  Read on.


7. Listen To Music

Music creates happiness

Read why listening to Music is an act of self-kindness.


8. Spend Time With Animals

tyson - happy dog

Just being around animals can lower your stress levels.  Read about the other benefits.


9. Volunteer Your Time

Be kind to your environment. Pick up trash.

Read about an easy way to do something good.  Bonus, doing something good, makes you feel good which lowers your stress!


10. Practice Self-Kindness 

happy girl in field of wheat

Because you deserve it!  Read why.

I hope these suggestions help you lower your stress level and even better, help you find your happy place.  

Stay safe.


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5 thoughts on “10 Ways to Reduce Stress in Your Life”

  1. Being outdoors is my ‘best medicine’ for stress relief. This week I tried a new activity- Yoga on SUP. Breathing, stretching, and balancing out on beautiful Ayers Creek with seabirds soaring overhead left me feeling rejuvenated and relaxed. Thank you for these positive reminders Jackie!

  2. Very positive thoughts and an excellent reminder of easy simple actions to manage our stress and maybe make someone feel better about themselves. Thanks, Jackie.

  3. #11. Complain. No better way to reduce stress than to complain and transpose your stress unto another. …… juuust kidding 🙂

  4. I would be lost without music to relax my soul. Music is the magic elixir. And playing music on my guitar always leaves me calm, relaxed, and sparks a wave of creativity.
    Thanks Jackie.

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