7 Little Things I Do To Reduce Stress

by - 30 June

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We all go through stressful moments in our life, some more than others. The key to life is balance, so if you find yourself stressed quite often, then come up with a list of little things you can do to help reduce that stress and refer back to it anytime you need to. That's exactly what today's post is, a list of 7 little things that I do to reduce stress and help me relax.  

 

Take a Bath

 
This one might be a little cliche in that it's always the first thing people mention when it comes to combatting stress and talking about self-care but it really does work! For me, it's the number one thing I do to help reduce any stressful feelings I might have as well as what I do to generally relax. I may bathe 3-5 times a week and for me, it's a little treat at the end of the day before I go to bed. To make your bath as relaxing as possible, add some baths salts, bubble baths, bath soak or even a bath bomb and melt away in the glorious scents. I also like to read a book when I go in the bath and completely lose myself in the story for an hour or so.


Play Online Games

 
 I've been gaming for as long as I can remember, it started with a PS1 and my love grew from there. I now play some form of a game every day, whether it's on the Xbox, a Facebook game, a mobile game or an online game, I always have something on the go. When it comes to mobile or online games, my favourites to reduce stress and relax are definitely card games, outfit creation games, match 3 and role-playing games. I also really enjoy playing Bingo (the non-gambling kind). I'm always on the lookout for new mobile games or online gaming websites that I can use. The latest one I use is called Plays.org and it's completely free to play. They have a whole list of different categories of games to play so there is definitely something for everyone. The screenshots above are just a few of the games I've played on there.

 

Watch ASMR

 
I don't think a lot of people know what ASMR is but it's something I watch pretty much every single day. It stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response and it's a 'tingling' sensation that typically starts in the back of your head, but not everyone experiences ASMR. It also creates a deeply relaxed feeling in your body with the use of sounds as well as visual 'triggers'. If you don't know what ASMR is, I like to say it's similar to listening to relaxing sounds such as rain or ocean sounds but even better. My favourite 'trigger' is definitely face brushing, as for me it's the most relaxing thing ever. If you are interested in learning more or experiencing ASMR I'd suggest you check out Gentle Whispering ASMR, WhispersRed ASMR and Latte ASMR as they are 3 of my favourite ASMR YouTubers. I actually have an ASMR video playing as I'm writing this post.  


Light a Candle/ Use Wax Melts

 
I feel like this is another cliche but again it works. When I feel like I need to relax a little more, I tend to either light a candle or get a wax melt on the go. The flickering flame is not only a really mesmerising and relaxing thing to watch but if you also pick your favourite scent, then it's an even better experience. My personal favourite scents are vanilla (a classic), caramel and heavy scents similar to those too. Bonus points if you light a candle when you go in the bath. 


Watch Something Funny

 
 When I'm feeling a bit stressed or down I tend to watch things that are funny as that really helps to boost my mood. I love watching stand-up comedies, comedy movies or sit-com tv shows. My favourite stand-up comedians are Michael McIntyre, Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart as I laughed so much at their recent shows. My go-to for watching stand-up comedy is definitely Netflix. I always find a good special to watch on there. 


Spend Time with my Dog

 
 Another thing I like to do to reduce stress is to spend time with my dog, whether that be playing with his toys in the garden or giving him a cuddle while I'm watching something, it's great for both him and me. He is a very needy dog so he definitely loves a cuddle at any moment and he snuggles up as much as he possibly can, especially when he is sleepy. At the times when he isn't sleepy, he likes me to throw his toys so he can run after them and then most times wants me to chase him around the garden. This turns out to be an exercise for both of us which is also a well-known way to reduce stress too.

 

Sit in the Sun for 10 Minutes


Last but definitely not least, another thing I do to reduce stress and relax is to sit out in the sun for 10 minutes. This only works in Summer, which is why it's my favourite season but nothing beats feeling the hot sun on your face when you are feeling stressed. I always find I'm much happier in Summer compared to the rest of the year and that is because of the sun. An instant mood booster.

So, which of these, if any do you do to reduce stress? Let me know in the comments below as well as what other things you do and while you are here why not check out more of my lifestyle content?

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