Personal growth

How to De-stress and Reduce Anxiety

February 12, 2018

Before you jump into ways to de-stress and reduce anxiety from your mind and body, you have to identify the cause of stress. You can’t do anything about it if you don’t know the main reason for being stressed out. Whether it is the fact that you think how you don’t have any time for yourself, in which case you can start thinking of ways to schedule time for yourself or whatever the case may be, recognize it. And then focus on the solution, not on the problem.


1. Morning routine to de-stress and reduce anxiety.

I wrote a whole article about how you can set up your own morning routine (it doesn’t even have to last more than 20 minutes), so you can read more about it here. But for now, let me just say that the way you start your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. Having structured morning routine is one of the easiest ways to de-stress and reduce anxiety. Especially if you find yourself constantly being on the go, you can start creating your own morning rituals that will make you calmer and focused throughout the day.



2. De-clutter your environment.

Messy room = messy mind. If you’re continuously seeing the mess around you, it’s going to affect your thoughts and your mood. You don’t have to jump straight into minimalism and KonMari methods of organizing your life but start at least with your workspace. Of course, while you’re working you’re moving stuff around but every now and then you could take a minute and reorganize. You can also add some plant or a scented candle just to create some ”hygge” atmosphere, it’s one of my favorite ways to instantly de-stress and reduce anxiety.

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3. Laugh.

Don’t force negative emotions and stress to stay, replace them with laughter and positive things instead. I’d suggest going on YouTube and searching for some bloopers or funny compilation videos. Believe me, it works. Watching Friends or The Office bloopers is definitely going to boost your mood. Such a simple way to de-stress, right? Or, you can watch a movie or some TV show you like, the options are endless.


4. Take a few deep breaths.

Just sit still and imagine breathing in the calm and loving air, and breathing out the stress and anxiety.
Inhale calmness. Exhale stress.
Let in the calm. Let out the stress.
Be calm. Let out all that is not serving you.



5. Stretch.

Research some basic stretching exercises you can do on your chair. Find what feels good and move your body a bit. A great way to de-stress and reduce anxiety is also running/doing yoga or some workout, but often times we just want to keep it on the lighter note, so stretching is also a good way to relax your body when you need it.

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6. Drink a cup of hot tea.

Maybe you prefer coffee, but caffeine is counterproductive when it comes to handling stress and reducing anxiety. I enjoy peppermint tea because I find it very refreshing, so there’s an idea…


7. Sleep well. Eat well. Drink well.

The reason why I put it all into one step is that they equally nourish your mind and body when you let them. Getting the amount of sleep you need (I’d suggest 6 – 8 hours, but we’re all different so find what suits you), eating fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and drinking about 2 l of water daily is crucial. Those are the things that give you energy and boost your productivity and mood, but often times we forget about them. We often forget about ourselves. At all times be your number 1 priority and take care of yourself.

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8. Gratitude.

No matter what kind of situation you find yourself in, you can always choose your reaction. It can be a negative situation, but make sure you learn something from it. If you can’t find any lesson in the situation, find something to be grateful for. Think about the good things. Shift your perspective to the good that you have. Open yourself to receive more abundance. Because only when you appreciate what you have now, and when you value the things and the life you have now, you will be able to receive more of it. Nothing that is currently happening in your life isn’t happening to you, it is happening for you. It’s in your life’s experience so that you can learn and grow from it.


9. Repeat a positive affirmation.

I am in control of my own life.
My mind and body are becoming more calm and peaceful.
I choose happiness.
I choose positive thoughts.
Great things are about to happen to me.
(or choose some other affirmation that resonates with you and keep it in your mind)

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10. Make time for yourself. Always.

Don’t wait for stress to hit you to start taking time for yourself and thinking of the ways to de-stress and reduce anxiety. Make yourself a priority. Turn off all the distractions. Remove toxic people from your life. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Take a walk. Spend some time in the sun by yourself. Don’t wait for someone else to make you feel good. Don’t let someone else make you feel bad. Be there for yourself. You have your one body, take care of it. Nourish your mind with positive thoughts. Love yourself. Respect yourself.

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Sending you love and calm vibes,


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  1. Wish I could get the sleeping part down. Having trouble unwinding. I only drink caffeine in the AM so it’s not that. My brain won’t shut off, tried reading, tried lavender, the biggest issue is my old dog, she keeps getting up during the night and making tons of noise and once I’m up it’s hard for me to fall back asleep. πŸ™

  2. I definitely need to get the de-cluttering going. My apartment is a mess right now and it’s really bringing me down. My problem is I just want to relax and play video games when I get out of work. I’m a morning person so I head to sleep early and only have a few hours between getting home and going to bed.

    I’m definitely going to have to do a mini overhaul of things to get my life back on track.

    XO Steph

  3. This was insanely helpful. I especially loved the piece about morning routines. I suck at that. Immediately look at my phone. You may have just inspired me to stop!

  4. This is a great list and a perfect timing for me! I definitely need to do these things. I think the most important is to keep a positive thought.

  5. As a person who suffers from anxiety, I found found deep breathing and taking time for myself most helpful. These are some great tips!

  6. Beautiful post, Ivana! I think I need to work on the decluttering one. As I’m looking around at my desk, I have the mail sitting here, a child’s backpack, my kids’ math work, a receipt, the mouse for my son’s laptop, a board game we played yesterday, and a cleaning cloth I just wiped down the computer with! 🀣 Ms. KonMari would have a fit if she had to do life with three boys, lol. I’m going to clear it off before I do any more work though. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for all the wonderful tips.

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