Updated: Apr 16, 2019
S-T-R-E-S-S. It's one of those words that probably makes you feel stressed just hearing it. It's not something to take lightly, as stress contributes to a majority all health and mental issues. I won't get into all of the problems that occur because of stress, but please note that it is serious and learning how to control stress is essential to your physical and mental well-being. Not only does stress affect adults, but it affects children and teenagers as well.
Finding simple ways to relax and unwind can make all the difference in the world to your health. I've listed below some of my favorite ways to control stress that can be done by both adults and children.
Here are 30 Great Ways To Relax and Unwind:
1. Exercise. It releases neurotransmitters—the “feel-good “chemicals in the brain.
2. Eat a balanced and healthy diet. What you eat affects how you feel.
3. De-clutter and simplify. Have a garage sale or donate things you don’t need.
4. Sleep. The average adult needs 7-9 hours. Prioritize sleeping.
5. Live in the moment. Stress is often caused by negative fears and worries about the future.
6. Flowers. Buy yourself some beautiful flowers and admire them throughout the day.
7. Deep breathing. Breathe from the abdomen, and focus on long, full breaths.
8. Stay hydrated. Drinking 8+ glasses of water a day has been shown to reduce stress.
9. Dance to your favorite music, even if you look crazy doing it.
10. Cuddle with your significant other, your children, or with your pet.
11. Vent. But only for 5 minutes. And then clear it from your mind and move on.
12. Laugh. Watch a funny movie or video clip or play a fun game with friends/family.
13. Cry. Letting out all those stored up emotions with a short healthy cry can make you feel better afterwards.
14. Massage. Get a massage. If you can’t afford to pay someone, exchange massages regularly with your significant other or a good friend.
15. Play with your kids or your pet. Being silly, laughing, and "letting go" is great for the body and mind.
16. Meditate or go to church as it can greatly reduce stress and lift your spirits.
17. Walk. Take a quiet walk around your neighborhood or park.
18. Forgive someone who has wronged you.
19. Calming fire. Light a candle, or sit by the fireplace, and sip your favorite healthy beverage with no distractions around you.
20. Alarm clock. Set your alarm 10 minutes earlier so you aren’t feeling as rushed in the morning.
21. Reunite with a friend that you haven’t seen in a while.
22. Unplug. Turn off your computer and phone for a set number of hours.
23. Get nostalgic. Look at old pictures from your past, watch the movies you loved as a kid or listen to music that brings back happy memories.
24. Nature. Go on a hike or bike ride and get out into nature.
25. Day off. Take an entire day off from work and stressors and only do fun, enjoyable things.
26. Hobbies. Do something you enjoy—gardening, cooking, playing a musical instrument, knitting, writing, puzzles, painting, etc.
27. Thankfulness. Write down 2-3 things you’re thankful for and add to the list it each day.
28. Read. Tune out all distractions and curl up with a good book.
29. Redecorate. Give a room in your house a new fresh look by redecorating or moving things around.
30. Bath. Take a soothing bath or soak in a jacuzzi. Turn the lights off, light candles, turn on soothing music, close your eyes, and relax.
About the Author: Kendra Kessel is an award-winning music artist with a passion for educating and entertaining children. She is a seasoned singer, songwriter, producer, pianist and violinist with a immense background in performing and recording. In addition to music, Kendra has an extensive health background and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education (emphasis in Physical Education) from the University of Arizona. She has has worked as a Physical Education teacher and is Certified Personal Fitness Trainer (through the American Counsil on Exercise), Certified Youth Exercise Specialist, and Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist (through the National Academy of Sports Medicine).
When Kendra is not busy writing songs, recording albums and making music videos, she enjoys donating her time and talents as a children’s health advocate. Her biggest joy in life, though, is spending time with her husband and their young son at their beach side home in the Los Angeles area. To read more about Kendra, go to her BIOGRAPHY