7 Easy Things to Do to Relieve Anxiety and Stress

Updated on December 27, 2019
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I have lived closely with person who suffered from General Anxiety Disorder and have helped them to naturally break free.

There are many easy ways to reduce stress without needing to take medication. Read on to learn more.
There are many easy ways to reduce stress without needing to take medication. Read on to learn more. | Source

This article explores some quick, easy, and natural methods to help relieve your stress and anxiety. To see the best results, try practicing these activities regularly.

Easy Ways to Relieve Anxiety and Stress

  1. Perform simple exercises
  2. Watch a comedy movie or go to a stand up comedy show
  3. Play a game
  4. Listen to music
  5. Dance
  6. Garden
  7. Go on a picnic

Simple exercises can relax your mind and help you relax.
Simple exercises can relax your mind and help you relax. | Source

1. Simple Exercises

Simple exercises, such as walking, cycling, and jogging are easy to do. They don’t put a lot of pressure on your body and you can go at your own pace. Not only does it help to release natural chemicals in your body that fight against stress and anxiety, it also keeps the body fit—especially your heart and joints. If you are not an exercise fanatic, but wish to remain healthy while diminishing your anxiety, you can do these simply exercises at least two to three times daily.

Exercises That Reduce Stress

  • Jogging
  • Cycling
  • Walking

A happy movie can help take your mind off of awful things.
A happy movie can help take your mind off of awful things. | Source

2. Watch a Comedy Movie or Go to a Stand Up Comedy Show

Who doesn’t love a good laugh? Laughter has proven to reduce stress hormones. Laughter is good medicine. It fosters good health and togetherness among friends (and even strangers). Laughter triggers healthy emotional and physical changes in the body, which suppress anxiety and depression. It boosts your mental and physical immune system, creating a much healthier attitude towards illness. Having a humorous mind helps in handling day-to-day activities. Even though we live in a serious world, you need to appreciate the lighter side of those serious activities to live a happier life.

Having friends over to play games is a great way to reduce stress.
Having friends over to play games is a great way to reduce stress. | Source

3. Play a Game

Games can be fun and can provide good exercise. But, if you do not enjoy playing games that require excessive physical activity (such as football, netball, frisbee, table tennis, or games of that sort), you can play fun board games that get your mind thinking. These games can reduce your stress levels. There are many fun board games (such as twister, Loaded Questions, and Balder Dash) that can make you smarter and take your mind off of stressful thoughts.

Relaxing music can calm your nerves.
Relaxing music can calm your nerves. | Source

4. Listen to Music

Music is great medicine. That said, you'll have to be careful which songs you listen to. Some sad ones may end up sinking you deeper into your sadness. Find music that makes you feel good.

Did you know that music is such a powerful tool for fighting anxiety and depression that it is used as a stress reliever in some hospitals? The good thing about music being a stress reliever is that you can listen to it anywhere. You can listen at work, while in transit, while exercising, or at home when you're relaxing or doing chores.

Dancing is a great way to reduce stress.
Dancing is a great way to reduce stress. | Source

5. Dancing

Go drop some legs on the dance floor! Get your energy flowing and kill those stress and anxiety hormones. Listen, not everyone is a good dancer, but who cares? Dance is proven to help reduce stress. Fling those hands in the air, move those legs, and swing those hips and butts. Dancing is a form of exercise and has the same effect on your mind as jogging or other light exercises. Dancing releases natural chemicals in your body that fight against stress and anxiety.

Gardening can help to take your mind off of stressful things.
Gardening can help to take your mind off of stressful things. | Source

6. Gardening

I have lived with someone who suffers from anxiety and stress for many years. In that time, I've learned that the best way to provide that person relief is to help them refocus their energy towards something productive and relaxing. Gardening is great for relieving stress. Observing nature's beauty can help reduce stress and promote positive thinking. Gardening is fun and easy, and once you're garden is in place, it makes you feel connected to nature. It provides something beautiful for you to look at when the ugliness of the world rears its head.

Having a picnic with a friend can help you forget about life's stressors.
Having a picnic with a friend can help you forget about life's stressors. | Source

7. Go on a Picnic

Take a drive, find a nice beautiful park, lay out your basket of goodies, pop out a funny book, and have a stress-free, fun, and relaxing day. If you don’t want to have a lot of people around, there are places that have more seclusion than others. You can look up good picnic places online. Eating good food in the sunshine is a great way to reduce stress.

Stress and Anxiety Free
Stress and Anxiety Free

Conclusion on Anxiety Disorder and Stress Relief.

When you're suffering from stress and anxiety, the best way of getting relief is not by sitting around in a dark room and sulking. You must find the strength to get up and do something to get yourself out of that state (even if it's for just a short time). It's been proven that prolonged stress and anxiety can have long-term effects on your mind and body. Long-term stress can drastically shorten your life. Some people resort to excessive alcohol consumption and have begun to indulge in drugs, such as pills, smoking, and other narcotics.

Anxiety disorders, stress, and depression can really take a toll on an individual's mind and body. Try the methods above and see which ones work best for you.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Clive Williams

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    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Your suggestions are excellent, Clive. I think it is important to change your behaviors if you do suffer from depression.

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      MG Singh 

      2 months ago from Singapore

      Clive, very informative and suggestive. Great bit of wisdom

    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      2 months ago from Jamaica

      You can mix and match Eric. Whatever good that gets down that anxiety.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Great job Clive. Here is a funny one. Dancing when doing chores -- but not for the dancing -- because I feel anxious if I do not get my chores done.

    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      2 months ago from Jamaica

      Hey ruby, maybe one day I will have the pleasure of that dance also. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Clive Williams 

      2 months ago from Jamaica

      Good for you Flourish. Keep up the healthy life

    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      2 months ago from Jamaica

      Hey Brenda, mix and match, it will work.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I love to dance, play games, and exercise on my AB lounge, but best of all, I love to laugh. Great tips to relieve anxiety. Well done Clive!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

      I like to listen to positive music, love my cats and my husband, and take naps under weighted blankets. No anxiety here.

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      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      2 months ago from Washington Court House

      Clive,

      You did a good job on this article.

      Exercise is going to have to be inside my tiny place since it's cold outside.

      I can handle a funny movie...those are always great.

      Playing a game might be challenging but it looks like Suduko for one.

      I love music...but you are right. Some songs will get you more depressed but it's always great to listen.

      Dancing i can even do while I am cleaning the house...that's a great one.

      Oh...how I long to get back outside in the garden. It is almost Winter here and the ground is frozen...too cold.

      So it is kinda the same for picnics unless one uses his imagination going to a friends house and putting tablecloth on floor in front of the fireplace.

      Easy ways to relieve stress. Great ideas.

      Personally...being outside working in the flowerbed works best for me but like I said...it's Winter time.

      Thanks for the read.

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