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How do you relax when stressed?

I am a 27 year old female and I am stressed. How do you relax when stressed?

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One great way I like to do myself is EFT (emotional freedom tapping). Working on balancing your energetic paths help with protecting against stress-related energy. Also, a simple technique is simple breath work. Three deep inhales and exhales. You would be surprised how it helps. For longer treatment, try spiritual vibration.

Thank you for your question. There are many ways to relax when stressed. Stress reduction and relaxation techniques include deep diaphragmatic breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, grounding exercises, mindfulness meditation, practicing positive mantras or positive self-talk, guided imagery and visualization, and journaling or stream of consciousness writing.
I hope this has been helpful!


Jenna Torres, PsyD
Since the body cannot be stressed and relaxed at the same time, there is a good technique, called Progressive Muscle Relaxation, that helps you relax muscles in your body and with that stress and anxiety are managed better. You can find recordings and youtube videos that guide you through the technique of progressive muscle relaxation and hopefully that would help you to relieve stress. If stress is chronic, if you feel on-going anxiety that you find difficult to alleviate, you may need to consult a therapist and address underlying reasons for that stress. I hope it helps.
Can you identify some of your specific stressors? Because different strategies work for different stressors.

Many different strategies can help. Try this simple exercise: Move your shoulders away from your ears, unlock your jaw, drop your tongue from the roof of your mouth.

Lisa Knight, LICSW
I would recommend that you take a quick moment and reflect on what is making your so stressed. If you can identify the problem then start looking for opportunities to combat that trigger. If you cannot identify I would encourage mindfulness activities, you can google them or find them on YouTube. If you are not able to manage your stress then I would recommend you seeking a professional counselor. They are easy to find by looking at psychology today or google mental health counselors in your area.
Hello and thank you for your question,

There are many ways that you can relax your mind and body. Walking/jogging for long periods of time, meditation, yoga, hot baths, and getting a massage are all activities that relax most people. Deep breathing and guided imagery are also activities that result in a relaxed feeling.

Thank you,

Patricia Harris | MA, LPC
Hello there!

There are numerous things you can do to help you destress. Engaging in positive activities and hobbies (eg take a bath, read a book, journal). Seeking support through friends or a therapist is also helpful. There are also many clinical coping skills such as progressive muscle relaxation, mindfulness, and breathing exercises that can help as well :)
The best strategy is consistent self-care, including good sleep, nutrition, exercise, social support network, and making sure to find time for some activity that brings you a sense of calm, whether it’s being outdoors, spending time with a companion animal, or going to a museum.
Complex question. Talk therapy may be helpful. An app to help practice breathing. Exercise and yoga and physical activity help.
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