Write your thoughts and emotions down in a beautiful journal.
Peel an orange. Studies show citrus smells are calming.
Read a book you've been wanting to read.
Eat an avocado. The monounsaturated fats and potassium in the superfood can lower your blood pressure.
Take a walk somewhere outside where there is a lot of green space.
Hang out with a dear friend.
Breathe in four a count of four, exhale for a count of four (through your nose) - do this 4 times.
Take a super power nap. Set your timer if you only have little time.
Bring your dog with you to work or other places. Animals lower blood pressure.
Listen to classical or spa music.
Try some aromatherapy.
Have a belly laugh.
Get a massage.
Give someone a great, big hug.
Be crafty - do a project.
Take up knitting. Research shows the activity puts your brain in a state of flow similar to the one achieved through meditation.
Try some mindful meditation.
Kiss someone you love.
Try progressive muscle exercises.
Try the "chocolate meditation" technique. This allows you to fully savor the sweet treat. Google it!
Take a break from emailing.
Forgive yourself and ask for forgiveness if you need to make a repair.
Practice gratitude - think of 3 things you are grateful for every day and write them in your journal.
Exercise, take a brisk walk, go for a hike.
Be mindful of your thoughts.
Drink green or black tea.
Turn off your cell phone for a while.
Act happy. Research shows that we can become what we are connecting to.
Chew some gum.
Reflect on those you love and what your life might look like without them. Connect to gratitude.
Eat foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids.
Consider a less stressful job.
Walk or bike somewhere you would normally drive to.
Listen to the sounds of nature on your phone or computer or actually out in nature.
Do some guided imagery.
Have a good cry. Let go of what you've been trying to contain.
Eat some dark chocolate.
Do some yoga.
Say no instead of yes to that event you don't really want to go to.
Have an orgasm.
Try a yoga laughter class.
Dance around your kitchen, to a dance video game or just anywhere. It reduces stress and improves memory.
Take a warm, bubbly bath with candles.
Surround yourself with the scents of pine or vanilla - while you are in the bath!
Float in water.
Actually get 8 to 10 hours of sleep.
Organize your closet.
Spend time around horses.
Try slowing down and doing one thing at a time- mindfully.
Observe your surroundings.
If you smoke, stop.
Go to the beach and sit quietly or take a long walk.
Take a break from people who stress you out.
Try positive affirmations like "Let go of what you cannot control. You deserve love."
Find a mantra and repeat it every time you feel overwhelmed. Ex: "This too shall pass."
Spend time with someone you love deeply.
Accept and embrace aging. Stop fighting it!
Take a break from social media.
Deep sigh, deep sigh, deep sigh.
Make silly faces until you laugh at yourself in the mirror or with a friend.
Do something kind for someone else.
Give yourself a time out in total quiet.
Write your thoughts on a piece of paper, then physically throw them in the trash.
Color a mandala or make a picture. This activity isn't just for kids!
Pet your animals.
Try a de-stressing app. Programs like Headspace, Calm and our own GPS for the Soul are designed to reduce stress.
Make yourself a healthy meal.
Watch your favorite movie and make connections to your own life.
Volunteer to help someone in need.
Organize your kitchen or garage.
Take a class in something you've always wanted to do: cooking, art, etc.
Give yourself permission to just hang out without an agenda or to-do list.
Give yourself something to look forward to: book a vacation, buy tickets to a show, plan a visit with a friend....