Stress is something that affects everyone, and it always will. There are ‘good’ and ‘bad’ types of stress (getting a new job, a loved one dying) that pop up across our life span. Stress, contrast, adversity. Whatever you want to call it. Every day we have to deal with things like traffic jams, rude people (pssst – check out this resource for dealing with internet trolls!), and trying to fit everything into a twenty-four hour period. These elements aren’t going to change, so the best thing to do is to make time for managing and reducing your stress as well as preparing for it and practicing self-care!

Eventually, if you practice enough stress management, you will be better equipped to handle stressful situations. Things that may have once sent you into an anxiety attack might roll off your shoulder like water on a duck’s back. (Ducks are so hot right now!)

Did you know that November 3rd is the unusual holiday Stress Awareness Day?

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100 Ways To Reduce Stress by Uncustomary Art

  1. Lie in a hammock
  2. Take a bubble bath
  3. Do a guided meditation
  4. Get a pedicure
  5. Take a leisurely walk
  6. Do some deep breathing exercises
  7. Do some self massage
  8. Arrange flowers you bought yourself
  9. Make a sand, snow, or carpet angel
  10. Draw or color in a mandala
  11. Swing at a playground
  12. Eat a comfort food
  13. Watch your favorite comedy show
  14. Write a stream of consciousness for eight minutes straight
  15. Masturbate
  16. Have sex
  17. Brainstorm solutions for a friend’s problem
  18. Perform a tedious task that you don’t have to think about
  19. Do some basic stretches
  20. Snuggle with an animal
  21. Dance naked
  22. Take a drive down a windy road
  23. Sing loudly in the shower
  24. Take yourself on a date
  25. Watch funny internet videos and gifs
  26. Tackle one of those piles of things to do and get some relief
  27. Make a list of ideas on how to reduce stress
  28. Read a book
  29. Take a nap
  30. Sunbathe to soak in that Vitamin D
  31. Collect something in nature
  32. Plan ahead
  33. Release the idea that you can control other people
  34. Play outside with sidewalk chalk
  35. Make some art
  36. Visit a place where you feel safe
  37. Hula hoop
  38. Make a mood/inspiration board
  39. Call your best friend
  40. Jump rope
  41. Write a mantra for yourself
  42. Jump on a trampoline
  43. Read stories of kindness that will restore your faith in humanity
  44. Do some decluttering
  45. Get a foot rub
  46. Try a new cocktail complete with a mini umbrella
  47. Use a mood lamp
  48. Scream into a pillow
  49. Punch something soft or do martial arts (even if it’s just like this)
  50. Put your toes in some sand
  51. Quit smoking, and consider taking up vaping instead.
  52. Eat a popsicle or ice cream cone (bonus points if its from an ice cream truck)
  53. Read a story to your pet
  54. Do cardio past your normal comfort zone
  55. Go to a museum, zoo, or aquarium
  56. Go to a store just to smell all the candles and lotions
  57. Write down a list of everything stressing you out
  58. Have a cleansing bonfire where you burn things symbolically
  59. Smudge your house or yourself
  60. Write a letter to yourself in the future, congratulating them on being so awesome
  61. Decide the next thing you want to accomplish
  62. Look up silly puns and jokes
  63. Twirl in a meadow
  64. Have a silly photoshoot
  65. Write some lyrics/a poem
  66. Do a little (responsible) retail therapy
  67. Make yourself an award for being wonderful
  68. Watch stand up comedy
  69. Make a wish in a fountain, on a dandelion, or at 11:11
  70. Play with mixing paint colors
  71. Buy some glowsticks and have a dark dance party
  72. Pay someone to do something for you that you don’t want to do
  73. Try tapping (EFT)
  74. Smile for sixty seconds
  75. Write a message in dirt, sand, etc.
  76. Pour sequins, confetti, or glitter all over yourself or living space
  77. Dive into Pinterest or Instagram for inspiration from artists
  78. Play some percussion (chopsticks on a table, drum circle, hands on lap)
  79. Wear an absurd hat
  80. Write how you feel in your journal
  81. Try CBD products (CBD Gummies are a great choice!)
  82. Take a walk with your camera
  83. Play dress up
  84. Take a drive in a convertible
  85. Do something eccentric
  86. Play some arcade or video games
  87. Change your hair color or style
  88. Slide down a slide or railing
  89. Wear a fake mustache
  90. Pour your favorite drink in a fancy glass and sip it in the shade
  91. Laughter yoga
  92. Skip
  93. Say no to things that overwhelm you
  94. Cool it on the sugar and caffeine halfway through the day
  95. Cut negative people out of your life
  96. Eat nutritious foods
  97. Pay attention to your five senses
  98. Keep a gratitude journal
  99. Give yourself breaks during the day (and actually take your lunch break)
  100. Take your bra off

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What do you do to reduce and manage your stress?

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