Stress is more than just a feeling. It can start to affect you physically when you bear it for too long. Everyone could do with a little less stress in their lives for their own well-being. Take a look at some of the most practical ways to de-stress when you’re feeling high-strung.

Practice Self-Care

You’ve probably heard the saying, “show yourself some love.” It’s a popular phrase for a reason because it’s incredibly effective. Jen Louden, founder of the self-care movement and also author, says, “We need to take care of our own needs first, then we can give from our surplus, our abundance.”  

If you live a busy work or home life, eventually, you’ll burn out. Fill your own cup when you start to feel stressed or lacking motivation. Self-care can come in many forms. For some people, it might be getting a massage, while for other people, it’s reading a book next to a fire.

Whatever it takes to bring yourself back down to a peaceful place is what you should do when stress levels get high. 

Get Your Blood Pumping

Exercise is one of the best ways to stay healthy and live a long life. Besides keeping your body and immune system strong, it also has psychological benefits. Exercise prompts your system to release endorphins. Those are the feel-good hormones that boost your mood when you’re feeling sad or stressed.

That doesn’t mean you have to run a marathon, either. A walk around the block or doing jumping jacks can totally transform your mood. The idea is to get your blood pumping at least 30 minutes a day if you can. Doing this regularly will even out your mood if you’re feeling stressed.


Often the way that we feel inside is a reflection of how we feel on the outside. If you start to feel uneasy, try decluttering your home or work environment. Stress can start to appear when you’ve got too much going on visually.

Next time that you feel overwhelmed, try clearing out everything around you. Chances are you will feel much better with less junk in your peripheral vision.

Express Yourself

Sometimes you just need to let it out. Try finding an outlet that helps you express the way you feel. Whether it’s drawing, or singing at the top of your lungs, sometimes letting things out that have built up is the best way to proactively purge.

If you don’t have a form of creative expression, it may be time to find one. Perhaps you’d enjoy writing or taking a dance class. The idea is finding something that transforms the way you feel emotionally into something tangible. Often great art is created from a place of stress or sadness. Make good use of it by letting it out!