How to Relax and Bust Stress at Home With These Fun Activities

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“I’d be a supermodel if stress burned calories.”

We all know that stress can be a big problem in our lives and that it can make us feel overwhelmed, anxious, and just plain unhappy.

So, plan B is always a good idea when life gets too busy. When we’re stressed, it’s hard to pay attention, and the problems that made us feel this way seem impossible to solve. But don’t worry! There are lots of things you can do at home to take your mind off of things so you can get back to what’s most important: taking care of yourself (and maybe those closest).

This blog post will discuss some of the best exercises and activities to help lose stress, cope with stress and make you feel better!

We all deal with stress on a daily basis, and it can be caused by a variety of factors such as work, family, financial difficulties, and so on. We all know that stress is bad for our health, so we look for ways to get rid of it.

What is stress?

“Stress is a feeling of strain or pressure. We feel stress when we don’t think we can handle the demands that are put on us.” (Mayo Clinic).

Stress can trigger anxiety and tension and make us feel overwhelmed.

I’m constantly trying to find ways to reduce stress in my life because it aggravates my psoriasis. The most common cause of flare-ups is stress. When I am stressed, my bodies release chemicals that cause an increase in inflammation.

Many factors contribute to our daily stress levels, and it’s essential to find healthy ways to cope with them!

One of the best ways to deal with stress is relaxation exercises. There are many different types that you can do, so find one that works for you and stick with it! Yoga is a great option, as it combines physical activity with deep breathing and meditation. If you don’t feel like you have to find ways to destress, exercise is the best way. So, if you are looking for some good ideas of things to do that will help let out stress, keep reading!

Work is typically something that causes a lot of stress. The profession I chose as a nail technician for the past twenty years was gratifying, but it could also be overwhelming.

I loved the job with clients/friends, but I was also like a therapist besides making the nails beautiful. I could tell you so many secrets, but I can’t, sorry. I know how to keep a secret, and I guess that’s why I had so many loyal clients/friends. 

For me was a fantastic feeling that those women trusted me, and I could at least listen and make them feel better.

Often, people go to their jobs and take their work home with them. I’m guilty of that, too. If your job demands dealing with people, you may benefit from activities to reduce stress and maintain your mental well-being.

Here are some great activities that have a few ways to help reduce your stress level, If you bring your work home with you, there is a way to take your mind off of it.

Perfect stress-busting activities to do at home:

  • Gardening – is a fun way to get some exercise and fresh air while also releasing stress. You can garden by yourself or with friends, and it’s a fabulous way to relax and destress.
  •  Walking your dog – is a superb way to get some exercise, fresh air, and stress relief all at the same time. Dogs are known for being great stress-relievers, and taking a walk with your furry friend is an excellent habit of calming down.

Oh, wait a minute, these activities you should be doing at home, that is, if you don’t mind going out in public.

Oh, sorry about that! Let’s continue…

Activity #1. Meditation:

It is a beautiful way to clear your mind while allowing us to focus on our deep breaths, on the present moment, and clear our minds. If you practice this every day, it will help you bring positive feelings into your life, improve mental health, and lower stress.

Activity #2. Yoga:

Yoga is a good thing to stretch to loosen up tight muscles and releases tension, relaxing your body. There are plenty of yoga poses that can help stress reduction; It can also help improve your flexibility, breathing, and concentration. I love to use yoga to exercise after a long day.

Activity #3. Pilates:

It is an excellent exercise for reducing stress. It will help you focus on your body and breathing techniques, which can help calm and distress.

You can do these exercises at home or with video on the internet yourself, and YouTube has plenty of them. I like to use those ready kinds of classes, so I don’t have to think about the poses.

Activity #4. Exercise:

One of the best things we can do for our body and mind gets moving. Exercise releases endorphins, which have mood-boosting effects, and they can help improve our mood and make us feel happier and cope with stress.

There are numerous advantages of exercising; raising our heart rate is also beneficial to our physical health and can help us lose weight. Regular exercise would reduce blood pressure to better control emotions in stressful situations.

Activity #5. Play with a pet:

Pets are known to be great stress-relievers. Playing with a pet can help us forget our troubles and enjoy the moment.

Pets provide us with companionship, love, and affection, which can all help reduce our stress responses and anxiety. Spend time playing with your dog, cat, or even fish and see how much better you feel afterward.

Activity #6. Playing games:

Many different games can help reduce stress levels, such as puzzles, card games, and board games. The puzzle is something I enjoy since it will take my brain off the everyday stress and put it into the game of riddles.

Invite your kids to play with you if you have a child or children. It will help bring relaxing senses and provide some quality time together. Nothing better than listening to the most cheerful laugh of your children.

Activity #7. Dance like no one is looking:

A way to relieve stress and have some fun is dancing. Dancing can be done by yourself, and it’s a great way to let loose and forget about your troubles. Being home alone will give you the confidence to make moves you usually wouldn’t do. Turn on your favorite song and dance the night away.

Activity #8. Get a massage:

Life is getting easier with all the services you can have done in the comfort of your own home. Knowing you have a terrible day, you will need extra stress reduction. We all know massage is one of the nicer methods of managing stress.

You can call ahead of time to schedule a home appointment for a nice massage for better time management.

I love to do this, but it’s not always possible because of the cost. A massage is an excellent method to relieve tension in our muscles, improve circulation, and promote relaxation. If you can’t afford to go for a massage, you can always give yourself one using a foam roller or self-massage balls—play relaxation music to bring positive mindfulness to your brain.

Activity #9. Talk on the phone with a friend for a while:

When we’re feeling stressed, talking to a friend can be a good way to feel better and get negative thoughts out of our heads. Friends are a great support system, and they can help us to feel more relaxed and at ease.

A friend can be an excellent way to feel better when stressed. Talking to someone who understands and cares about us can help reduce our anxiety. Friends are a great source of support, so make sure you reach out to them when you need them.

Activity #Bonus: Taking a bath:

Taking a hot bath is one of the best ways to relax and destress – it is an activity that many people enjoy and find relaxing. Adding some aromatherapy or bubbles can make it even more enjoyable. The warm water will help soothe your muscles, while the aromatherapy from the bath salts or candles can help calm your mind.

Put on your favorite music, and relax. Let the warmth of the bathtub melt away your stress. If you don’t have time for a full bath, taking a relaxing shower can also be helpful.

So there you have it! Some great activities to do at home when you’re feeling stressed out. These are all activities that I love to do, and they’ve helped me reduce the amount of stress in my life. Give them a try and see if they work for you too! Please leave some comments below. What do you like to do to distressed?

References:

Mayo Clinic – Stress Management: Techniques for Coping with Daily Stressors.

If you thought I was done with stress relief activities, I have to disappoint you. I’m not done and not even close so.

Creative stress relief activities:

Active activities are not for everybody; some people can reduce their stress levels by engaging in creative activities. Some could be writing, drawing, painting, pottery making, or sculpting. It’s a great way to express yourself and lose any pent-up emotions.

These activities can help you focus on the present moment and forget about your problems.

Creative Activity #1.

Painting or Drawing:

Both are fantastic ways to express your feelings and emotions without saying a word. Painting and drawing are both terrific ways to express yourself and relieve stress. You can do them by yourself or with friends, and they’re an excellent way to relax after a stressful day. I found that drawing was the best way to relieve my stress; it was like therapy for me.

Creative Activity #2.

Journaling:

It is the best way to express your thoughts and feelings without judgment. The journal can be your pandora’s box to write down anything and everything without any reservations. Like is also a great way to track your progress and see how far you have come. Writing can be very therapeutic and beneficial in relieving stress, and this will express your feelings and release destructive emotions.

Creative Activity #3.

Cooking/Baking:

Cooking and baking can be very therapeutic activities, and they allow us to focus on the task at hand while providing a sense of accomplishment when we’re finished.

Forget about a healthy diet. You can cook or bake anything you want, so there is something for everyone. Plus, there’s nothing quite like the smell of freshly baked cookies or cake! So, next time you’re feeling stressed out, try cooking or baking your favorite dish. But if you feel like trying cooking or baking something new, there are so many great recipes to try, and you can’t go wrong.

Creative Activity #4:

Pottery Making or Sculpting:

These are both pleasing ways to express yourself and release any pent-up emotions, and they will let out your creative side. Pottery making and sculpting can be very therapeutic and calming during long days, and you can make things by yourself and have a feeling of the most significant accomplishment when you’re finished. They can also be a lot of fun. 

Give them a try!

Creative Activity #5:

Knitting or crocheting:

It’s an excellent way to relax and de-stress. You can knit or crochet whatever you desire, making something for everyone. You can’t go wrong with any of the patterns available. It is a very relaxing exercise that will assist you in connecting with your extremely creative side.

I can see why my older brother enjoyed knitting so much; he had two younger sisters.😊.

Creative Activity #6:

Sing loud:

Singing appears to release endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine – the ‘happy’ chemicals that boost your mood and make you feel good about yourself. Singing is one of the most natural things we can do as a stress reliever, and it’s also great for mental health.

Indeed, singing in a choir is one of the most effective ways to create a relaxing technique that brings more energy to our bodies. So, next time you’re feeling stressed out, sing your favorite song at the top of your lungs!

Stress management:

Some people are more prone to stress than others, but we all experience it at some point in our lives. Stress can be a significant obstacle to happiness and well-being. And if left unchecked, it can lead to health problems and body problems such as heart disease and obesity.

Not all of us like to practice Active or Creative activities; there is a calming way of stress relieving by sitting and doing nothing. What do you think would you like that?

The actual calming activities are fabulous ways to make time for yourself, and you should practice them every day to help you manage stress relief and improve your life.

It is crucial to find a suitable activity for you that will help reduce your body tension to lower stress.

Stress is a part of everyone’s life, but that doesn’t mean it has to control us.

Real calming Activity #1:

Listening to calming music

So sit down in your favorite spot in the house, close your eyes, and let the music take you away.

Avoid anything with a fast beat or too loud when selecting calming music. Instead, choose slower-paced instrumental selections or recordings of nature sounds such as rain or waves crashing on the shore. Even 10 minutes of these calming sounds could be a huge stress reduction on your brain and muscle. What works for me is to tell Alexa to play classical music like Beethoven.

Real Calming Activity #2:

Listen to an audiobook.

One of the best ways to calm down and get away from the stress of everyday life is to listen to audiobooks. The soothing sound of someone telling a story is hard to beat. 

If you’re looking for a new book to listen to, choose something that makes you feel calm and relaxed. Romance novel or a book about how to improve your life can be a great stress management.

Real calming Activity #3:

Watching comedy TV shows or movies

When we’re feeling stressed, watching a funny movie or TV show can be the perfect way to take our minds off of our problems and make us laugh. Not only does laughing help muscle relaxation but reduces the level of our stress, and is also good for our health. So put on your favorite comedy and enjoy a few hours of stress-free entertainment.

Real calming Activity #Bonus:

Take a nap

Taking a nap is a great way to recharge your batteries and destress. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, tired, or stressed out, taking a 20-30 minute nap can do wonders for your mood.

Final Thoughts:

There are many different ways that we can reduce stress in our lives. One great way is by doing activities that we enjoy! When we’re doing something that we love, it’s easy to forget about our troubles and enjoy the moment.

No matter what activity you choose, make sure to make time for yourself and relax. When we’re stressed out, it’s easy to forget about our own needs. But, it’s essential to take some time for ourselves now and then to recharge and be ready to face the next challenge. 

So those are some of our favorite stress-busting activities! I hope that you’ll find at least one or two that you can use to help you relax and destress. Remember, it’s essential to take care of yourself, especially when feeling stressed out. 

So please don’t hesitate to give these activities a try! 

Please leave a comment if you are already participating in any of the activities or any suggestions that I did not include on my list.

Thank you for reading, till next time.

Good luck, my friend, best wishes from me to you!

Hello there! My name is Evon, and I'm the autoimmune disorder warrior and face of this website. Life can be difficult at times, but we can get back on track with a huge smile, a few positive steps, and good habits—even when life throws us a curveball! So, come along with me as we explore ways to make our lives better together! Let's be healthier, happier, and more successful.
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4 Comments

  1. Jeannie

    great tips, I find baking relaxing and i like to exercise alot to relieve stress

    Reply
    • Evon

      I also like to exercise first and then listen to music to fully relax my mind. Thank you for reading.

      Reply
  2. Kristin

    I love ALL of this! Yoga is a typical one you hear often but your creative ideas like pottery or knitting are excellent ideas too!

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    • Evon

      Thank you, Kristin, not everyone likes active activities so a few of the creative ones work pretty good too. Thank you for reading.

      Reply

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