03/16/2020 27 Stress Relievers that Don’t Break a Sweat

Allison Walsh

27 Stress Relievers that Don’t Break a Sweat

One of the most popular and effective forms of stress release is exercise: it can improve your mood, pumps up your endorphins and takes your mind off whatever is stressing you at the moment.1

But what do you do when you’re looking for some stress release, but it’s not the ideal time for a sweat-inducing workout? We’ve compiled a list of things we think will help lower your stress without breaking a sweat. Try some and let us know what you think!

  1. Visit a beautiful park or beach
  2. Take your dog or someone else's on an easy hike
  3. Focus on someone else’s story for a while through a book
  4. Bake your favorite cookies
  5. Support your local coffee shop
  6. Color in a coloring book
  7. Use essential oils for aromatherapy
  8. Listen to the Moods section on Spotify
  9. Write frustrations down on paper
  10. Call a friend
  11. Organize a drawer, cupboard or closet
  12. Write cards to nursing home residents
  13. Play with your dog or cat
  14. Treat yourself to a manicure, pedicure or massage
  15. Drink hot tea
  16. Decorate with fresh flowers
  17. Light a candle
  18. Try the Calm app
  19. Work in the garden
  20. Paint
  21. Indulge in a treat
  22. Take a warm bath
  23. Connect with distant loved ones on the Marco Polo app
  24. Pray or meditate
  25. Try Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  26. Write a thank you note
  27. Call your funniest friend or watch your favorite comedian


1 “Exercise and Stress: Get Moving to Manage Stress.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 8 Mar. 2018, mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/exercise-and-stress/art-20044469.

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