Finding ways to relieve stress is absolutely crucial in today’s chaotic world. We need daily buffers to remind us that we are living, thinking, and feeling human beings, not just work-a-holic machines.

If we don’t attend to our stress, we can very quickly build up unhealthy levels, sometimes leading to serious conditions like depression, anxiety disorders, heart disease, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, eating problems, insomnia, and substance abuse, as well as headaches, muscle pains, and fatigue.

Because everyone experiences stress, and it is an unavoidable facet of life, we all need to find our own methods to cope with it.

Stress can be alleviated in a variety of ways, but what works for some may not work for others. A lot of it depends on our personality, what habits we find enjoyable, and what kind of work we’re taking a break from.

I took it upon myself to try and come up with 50 potential stress relievers. You may find some useful and some not so useful. That’s OK. Some might also spark new ideas that I may have forgotten. Leave a comment if you discover something that I missed!


50 Stress-Relievers That Take 5 Minutes Or Less


    1. Take ten deep breaths.

    2. Do push-ups, crunches, or pull-ups

    3. Play with a pet

    4. Take a short walk

    5. Read an article in the newspaper

    6. Call a friend

    7. Listen to a song

    8. Watch a video on YouTube

    9. Play an instrument

    10. Meditate

    11. Eat a healthy snack

    12. Spark a conversation

    13. Make yourself a cup of coffee

    14. Sit in the sun and get some fresh air

    15. Doodle

    16. Sing a favorite song

    17. Dance

    18. Drum on your desk

    19. Count your blessings

    20. Make plans to go out to dinner

    21. Go outside and feed the birds

    22. Do a small favor for someone

    23. Write a note to a loved one

    24. Water the plants

    25. Look through a photo album

    26. Take a shot of liquor or take a hit of cannabis – unwind a bit

    27. Do a search on Google for “funny jokes”

    28. Gaze at the stars

    29. Get a back massage

    30. Stretch or do yoga

    31. Take a quick shower

    32. Write a poem

    33. Check your email or Facebook

    34. Make a list of old things around the house to donate

    35. Clean your desk

    36. Try a word puzzle or Sudoku

    37. Spend a moment with your children

    38. Do jumping jacks

    39. Scream at the top of your lungs (or into a pillow if you don’t want to disturb anyone)

    40. Go to the bathroom

    41. Play a game of billiards or ping pong

    42. Check the local weather report

    43. Sit somewhere with good scenery

    44. Make a list of things to do on the weekend

    45. Recite a prayer

    46. Daydream

    47. Wash your face with cold water

    48. Take a power nap (make sure to set an alarm!)

    49. Read a couple positive affirmations

    50. Drive around town briefly


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