Quick Ways to Reduce Stress

Write It Down

Putting our emotions on paper can make them seem less intimidating. Try journaling before a big exam to calm your nerves.


Laughter is one of the sillier ways to beat stress, but there’s science behind it. A fit of hysterics can increase blood flow and boost immunity.

Sip Green Tea

Green tea is a source of L-Theanine, a chemical that helps relieve anger. Boil the water, pour it out, and take a soothing sip.

Chew Gum

Stress may be relieved quickly and easily with gum. Few minutes of chewing may lessen anxiety and cortisol levels.

Cuddle With a Pet

After a rough day, snuggle up with a pet. Pets can boost self-esteem and even ease the sting of social rejection.


Meditation just takes five minutes. Two daily meditations may alleviate stress and depression. Relax and focus on your breath.

Eat Some Chocolate

A square (1.4 ounces) may soothe your anxiety. Dark chocolate controls cortisol and metabolism.

 Do Some Yoga

Put your feet up—on the wall. Vipariti Kirani includes laying on the floor with legs against a wall. Stretching benefits the body and mind.

Be Alone

Five minutes of alone time can help you collect your thoughts and clear your head.

Close Your Eyes

Take a quick break from a busy office or a chaotic household by just lowering your eyelids. It’s an easy way to regain calm and focus.

Hand Massage

DIY hand massage calms a racing heart. Tensed hands. Lotion and thumb massage alleviate shoulder, neck, and scalp pain.

Find the Sun

If it's sunny, go outdoors to cheer up. Bright light may alleviate sadness and brighten up healthy individuals.

Take a Quick Walk

When you're overwhelmed or can't concentrate, take a walk. You'll have alone time, exercise, and time to think.

Listen to Music

Sometimes singing helps. Music may increase public mood. Bedtime classical music relaxes.

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