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10 Ways To Relieve Stress For Free

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Stress can come from many places. Whether it's stress from college, work or home life the last thing you want to worry about when you’re trying to relieve that stress is your finances. You don’t need to shell out a load of money for an expensive massage or $50 yoga classes to relieve stress.

Here are 10 things you can do to relieve the stress you are feeling for free.

1. Breathe Deeply.

Breathing deeply can help you relieve the stress you are feeling very quickly. By just taking some long, slow breaths for ten seconds you can regain your composure. Always reminding yourself to breathe in stressful situations can help you feel better and it’s absolutely cost free.

2. Take a nap.

Forget about your troubles and indulge in a quick nap every once and awhile. Catching up on sleep in between classes in college or napping while the baby is napping can help you feel refreshed and ready to take on the day again. You can also increase the amount of sleep you get at night for less stressful days.

3. Take a long walk or go for a run.

There’s nothing better for clearing your head than going for a long walk. Removing yourself from a stressful situation and going outside for some clear air can do wonders for your stress. Whether you prefer running or walking, you’ll be able to relieve your stress in a healthy way.

4. Have sex.

Having sex is not only great for your relationship’s health, it can be great for your personal health too! When you and your partner have sex, it allows you to release the tension you’ve been building up and let go of your stress.

5. Write a list of things you are grateful for.

Stop worrying about the little things and take a look at all the good things in your life. Making a gratitude journal or list can help you refocus yourself and consider whether the things you are stressing about actually matter.

6. Go window shopping.

Retail therapy can’t always fix everything, especially when the thing you are worrying about is finances. You can still enjoy the fun and stress relieving qualities of retail therapy without the price tag by window shopping.

7. Spend time with your friends and family.

Spending time with the people you love can make you feel happy and stress free. Being with your friends and family will remind you of the good things in your life and make the things causing you stress seem insignificant.

8. Tidy up your home.

Clean up your mental space by cleaning up your physical space. When you have a clean home or room to come home to, it makes life a little bit easier and will leave you with a clearer head. This can be especially helpful if the cause of your stress is a lack of control.

9. Take a warm bath.

Relaxing in a warm bath can help you release tension in your body and give you the alone time you need to clear your mind. The warmth of the bath will make you feel comfortable and at peace while giving you the time to think through your stressful situations.

10. Get off the internet and turn off your phone.

Go off the grid when you need time to relax. Avoid the endless stream of emails and text messages and just focus on you. When you shut off the rest of the world you may find that your mind becomes clearer and stress begins to decrease.

Editing Note: This article did not filter through the normal EmpowHER editing and fact checking process. It was checked for spelling and grammar.

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