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11 Ways To De-Stress

A gentle sun dappled ocean.
Surrounding yourself with water can be very calming.

I am a collector of ideas that help calm me. These are a few self-care activities that I participate in to help infuse some serenity into my life.

  • Meditation - I try to meditate regularly if only for a few minutes a day. I either recite meaningful phrases, one on the in-breath and one on the out-breath or I use an online guided meditation. Occasionally, when I've slacked off my daily meditation, I set a 90-day challenge and meditate every day to get me back into the habit.

  • Prayer - I use prayer regularly and it helps me to live in the moment. I've committed a few prayers to memory so I can recite them or say them in my head whenever I need a quick reset. The serenity prayer is quick and easy to remember and often is my go-to prayer. - God, please grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

  • A brisk walk in nature alone or with a friend. I have a short trail in my neighborhood that also has a brook running through it and it always makes me feel good to be there.

  • Deep breathing - I always make the out-breath longer than the in-breath. This signals the parasympathetic nervous system to calm the body down. Another one I like is to inhale for four seconds, hold my breath for four seconds and exhale for five seconds.

  • Make time to relax and enjoy the sunrise or sunset. If it does so over a body of water that is a big plus for me.

  • Almost anything while surrounding myself with water. Such as sitting by the ocean, a river, or a lake. Taking a hot bath with bubbles, candles, and a good book. Take a steamy shower, or sauna, or enjoy a hot tub.

  • Reading a good fiction story that I have been looking forward to.

  • Coloring - there are so many good adult coloring books out there. As soon as the colored pencil hits the page I feel relaxed. Where the biggest decision to be made is what color you want to use next. This is very grounding for me and keeps me in the moment.

  • Mindfulness - being present in any moment calms me. Absolutely anything can be done mindfully such as walking, eating, doing the dishes or other chores, talking to someone, or listening to music. I can go on and on. When I am right where my feet are planted I am not in anxiety over either the past or the future.

  • Listening to music. Whether dancing, singing, humming or quietly listening to my favorite artists.

  • Self-care - whatever I can do to take good care of my mind, body, and soul. Things as simple as putting lotion on my body or using a favorite face mask or treating myself to a manicure or pedicure. It also feels good to make myself healthy meals as well.

I hope some of these things resonated with you. Each of these is part of the tools I use to relax and maintain some calm in my life.

Take good care,


I can only please one person a day. Today I choose me. -- Unknown

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