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5 Effective Ways to Relieve Stress

Ladies, have you ever gotten so worked up and stressed out, you thought you’d explode? For some of you, this may seem a little exaggerated, but for others, I’m certain I’m spot-on with my description. I know that I’ve felt that way at times. And when I’m consumed with anxiety, the sooner I calm myself, the better. Because, as you know, when stress and anxiety grow, they can only lead to additional negative feelings, such as anger, frustration and depression. This is why it’s so important to find effective ways to ease the anxiety and find calm again.

If you’re looking to get rid of anxiety, try these five tips:

  1. Just breathe the stress out. Sure, this may seem a little obvious, right? But is it? The best way to breathe away your stress is to immerse yourself in God’s creation and breathe. So, if at all possible, go outside into nature, someplace quiet where you can’t be bothered, and breathe deeply, into your nose and out of your mouth. Close your eyes and lift your head to the sky, and just breathe in and out. Breathing in this way not only calms the nerves and relieves the stress, but also benefits the heart and brain.
  2. Get physical with your anxiety. Whether it’s a workout at the gym, kickboxing or a martial arts class, vigorous exercise can really help get rid of stress. In contrast, a calming yoga session is also great. If the idea of exercising only adds to your stress, then try taking a fun dance class or just putting on tunes from your favorite rock band and dancing alone in your room. Seriously! It works!
  3. Draw or write your stress away. If you’re a writer or an artist, using these avenues to relieve stress can prove beneficial. I’ve often resorted to writing when I’m feeling overwhelmed and it’s really taken the edge off. In fact, it’s been really motivational because I’ve been able to transfer the negative emotions from myself to the page and into another character who needs them. You can do the same with painting or drawing.
  4. Find serenity in the Good Book. God speaks to you in many ways. And often times He shares His calming words in scripture or a devotional. So always take the time to read your Bible.
  5. Pray your way to peace. “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6). Prayer is a fundamental part of relieving stress, and it should be incorporated in conjunction with any of your choice ways to calm anxiety.

Ladies, stress happens to all of us, but it’s how we cope with it that makes all the difference. We can allow it to break us down or we can control it, pushing it out of our lives and leaving room only for the peace of Christ. Find the method that leads you to peace and remember that God should always be part of that answer.

Ladies, how do you relieve stress? Share your secret below—we so love to hear from you!

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7 Comments

  1. Jesusfreak1415

    Posted by Jesusfreak1415 on February 9, 2015 at 17:38

    Haha, these are great. I do all of them except the breathing. I definitely do number 2. When I’m stressed or need to get my anger out I throw on some shorts, a tshirt, and my cleats, then grab my trusty soccer ball and go outside and just madly shoot goals, kicking the ball as hard as I can and work on different exercises and drills. It helps take my mind off of everything going on. I also love getting into the Word. I love it when God just randomly shows me something that will help. Plus, I’m a writer so of course I journal. A LOT… okay maybe not as much as I should, but I do write, in my journal and on my blog. Great Article! 😀

  2. syddlebugz

    Posted by syddlebugz on February 5, 2015 at 15:40

    I noticed when i was reading this that I do these things too but don’t do it often enough for it to become a habit. I can tell you these strategies are good and powerful ways to calm down though. 🙂 Thank you for sharing

  3. martial_artist_for_Jesus

    Posted by martial_artist_for_Jesus on January 31, 2015 at 16:10

    Writing really does help relieve stress…. I would know =)

  4. DKristine

    Posted by DKristine on January 29, 2015 at 09:03

    When I need to relieve stress, I typically read it in one of two ways. First I talk to one of my parents (usually my mom) about whatever is stressing me out. They will give me a different perspective about what I’m going through. The other thing I do is I take a hot shower. The water calms me and I usually put on my favourite music during the shower.

  5. Renae_nae

    Posted by Renae_nae on January 27, 2015 at 14:09

    I guess I’m a musician; I play the piano and am a percussionist. I am in a lot of competitions for my piano music, and a lot of times I get really stressed over these competitions. (Playing basketball and having school adds to my stress, too!) So, a lot of times playing fun piano music just calms me down! Which is weird, being calmed down by the thing that stressed me out in the first place…..

  6. vanilla

    Posted by vanilla on January 27, 2015 at 13:36

    A breathing technique that works for me is doing the 4-7-8 method: breathing in through the nose for 4 seconds, holding it for 7 seconds, then exhaling through the mouth for 8.

  7. goatwrangler

    Posted by goatwrangler on January 27, 2015 at 13:15

    I use a similar method to your first one. Breathe in and out through your nose, naturally, and count to ten with every in-out. (or a hundred if you’re really upset). It takes some concentration to breathe naturally, but it works quite well for me.