7 Easy Ways to Relieve Stress

Are you feeling stressed? Stress has a way of creeping up on you. Family and work obligations can pile up and increase our workload until suddenly we find ourselves maxed out and losing our patience or experiencing physical symptoms like headaches or neck pain. Stress affects our physical and emotional health in many ways! So let’s talk about some healthy easy to manage it.

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Remember Jesus’ agony in the garden? He knows about stress and anxiety. Turn to God in your moments of stress and find peace and stillness inside of your relationship with your Creator.


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7 Easy Ways to Relieve Stress

  1. Exercise!

 You knew I was going to say this, but it’s true. Physical activity relieves stress and is good for you in so many other ways as well. But it doesn’t have to look like a “fitness program”if that’s not your thing.You can go for short walks or run up and down the stairs or have an impromptu dance party in your office or living room. Also, check out the Peloton app for lots of flexible workouts and ideas.

  1. Enjoy something.

Indulge in a scented bath or candle or a sweet treat. Listen to music you love that relaxes you or enjoy some other small pleasure.

  1. Think about caffeine.

You might not think caffeine affects you, but it can increase stress and anxiety in subtle ways. Maybe consider drinking less of it or giving yourself a “caffeine curfew” by stopping at a certain point each day.

  1. Write down your feelings.

Journaling can be a great way to express negative feelings and gain some perspective on the things that are causing you stress. Making a detailed “to-do” list can keep you from running it through your head non-stop as well.

  1. Connect with others.

Physical and emotional connection with friends and family will give you the comfort and rest you crave when you are feeling stressed. Reach out to a friend or simply hug your kids or snuggle on the couch with  your husband.

  1. Cut some stuff out.

Look at your schedule and decide what you can skip for now or forever to decrease stress in your life. Learn to say no nicely and reduce your workload in ways that will free up your time for relaxation.

  1. Pray.

Remember Jesus’ agony in the garden? He knows about stress and anxiety. Turn to God in your moments of stress and find peace and stillness inside of your relationship with your Creator. 

At the end of today’s show, Itake a question from listener Carrie about whether I wrote Whisper specifically for moms. Spoiler alert: I did not! I share about my perspective on who the book is for.

I have received so much feedback from all of you about my book and the first chapter that I shared with you at the end of episode 210Giving Thanks and Letting Go: Reflections on the Gift of Motherhood is a book in which I share from my heart about the very real changes, challenges, triumphs, and joys of being a mom in an “emptying nest.” You can read that sample chapter at Ave Maria Press. 

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Danielle Bean is the author of many books on Catholic marriage, motherhood, and women’s spirituality, and a well-known Catholic podcaster and media figure. In all of her efforts, Danielle encourages and celebrates all women on their unique vocational paths. She is the host of the Girlfriends podcast as well as the author of Momnipotent: The Not-So-Perfect Woman’s Guide to Catholic Motherhood, Whisper: Finding God in the Everyday, and You Are Enough.

Danielle is a dynamic retreat leader and an engaging speaker on a variety of subjects related to Catholic family life, education, marriage, and motherhood. She has been married to her husband, Dan, for 26 years and together they have 8 children.

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