7 Ways to Relieve Stress Immediately

7 Ways to Relieve Stress Immediately

Life is hectic. No, life is really hectic. And sometimes, it seems like it’s just too much to handle. (Especially during the school year…when it’s finals week don’t even look at me.) After two years of crazy college stresses, I’ve finally figured out my own personal outlets to relieve them. Everyone should have at least one! But sometimes, even those are difficult to pull off in the heat of the moment.

Fast Ways to Relieve Stress

1. Turn off Your Phone

In this day and age, I think most of our stresses can be traced back to something seen or heard on our damn “smart” phones. An annoying text, email, a “why did she retweet that, was that directed at me,” or a bothersome caption on Instagram can instantly kill your vibe. Turn it off! Get away from it, especially if it’s being more toxic than anything else. We live so consciously of our phones in our pockets that it’s a good to regroup and remember life before wifi and 3G.

2. Go Somewhere Completely Alone

While venting to family and friends is usually a good idea, at the end of the day you give yourself your own best advice. No one is going to live with the outcome of your decisions except for you. Take a walk, a run, or a drive, somewhere completely alone to clear your head. And if you make this a habit, you’ll eventually find places that trigger this thinking time for yourself. Leaning on others is always encouraged, but self-awareness and introspection is even more important, especially when stressed.

3. Get Outside

This is so simple, and, in my opinion, so underrated. Granted, when the weather is shitty and you feel shitty, don’t necessarily go outside (that’s the time to get a comfy blanket and watch Netflix). But when the sun is up and the sky is beautiful, it can really do wonders for your mood. Being outside (without the phone), walking around, and taking in your surroundings is a great way to alleviate stress. Focus on the current moment, where you’re going, and what you’re seeing. The simplicity of walking and breathing can turn your mood around.

4. Eat Healthy

When I’m stressed, I know that one of my first moves is to pull out the Ben & Jerry’s. But, I’ve found that this is often not the best idea. Junk food might help from the first bite, but a pint (or two) later it’ll just leave you feeling crummy- and with no real solution to your problems. And then you’ll stress about all the ice cream you just ate… it’s just a bad cycle and will contribute to your stress more than ease it. Go for some guac or have a banana. Your body and mind will thank you later.

Additionally, you might also want to introduce some natural products into your diet. To elaborate, there is a lot of research to suggest that products infused with CBD can have a calming impact on the mind and body. With this in mind, CBD products can now be purchased from more health and wellbeing stores than ever before. Just check out for example or the website for any other CBD wholesale supplier. Their website is filled with a wide range of exciting CBD products. Moreover, nowadays, CBD products come in a variety of different formats, so there is always something new to try. For example, water-soluble CBD has soared in popularity in recent times, thanks to its flexible uses. You can discover some of the different uses for water-soluble CBD here: Above all, if you are tempted to try any natural products it is crucial that you speak to a medical professional first as not everything is suitable for everyone. Consequently, you can Read more about the potential health-boosting benefits of CBD products by doing some research online.

5. Write it Down

Writing things down has a lot of benefits, but one of the best things about it, in my opinion, is that a journal will not argue with you, or try to give you advice. It is a place to document, unfiltered and judgment-free. And in a world with minute-by-minute status updates and tweets, it is more important than ever to have pieces of yourself that don’t exist in the digital world. All of your Facebook friends don’t need to read a ranting status about your rough day. Write it down! And if writing isn’t your thing, draw or paint. Have a space that you can use to express yourself.

6. Take a Bath

Perfect for a long day, a tiring day, and especially a stressful day. When your body is relaxed in the tub, it can’t help but relax your mind as well. Play some music, grab a good book and use the tub to focus on someone really important- yourself!

7. Take a Nap

This is a great way to just put the world on pause for an hour (or two). Stress is tiring! There is nothing wrong with recharging your body with a nice siesta. Naps are also great because they get you to revisit your stress later, instead of forcing you to think about it fruitlessly. And often, naps are great for changing your outlook. Go catch some z’s!


There have to be a million ways to relieve stress, and everyone has their own unique techniques. You have to do what is best for your body and health, as this is your life after all. Regardless of whether you spend more time outdoors or eat more healthy foods, it shouldn’t matter, as long as it’s effective for you. And remember, if these methods don’t work, then there is always something else to try, like medical marijuana. If this is the route you decide to take, you may be given a medical marijuana card, and as a result, you can “check my marijuana limit” to find out the status of your card, in order to receive your medicine. This is done by a lot of people all around the world because they have found that this effectively helps them more than the other methods. But as long as it works, the pathway you choose isn’t important. What is important is that you have one!

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